One can’t go to Marseille & not to visit the Calanques National Park.
Or not to eat a bouillabaisse… but we’ll talk about it later 😉
Let’s start at the beginning, between Marseille & Cassis the coast is full of coves & little creeks & the water has an incredible color : that’s the Calanques National Park.
Happy to have our driving boat license, we first rented a boat to explore the park on our own.
But the wind was particularly strong when we were there, so the owner of the boat canceled our reservation.
We then booked a snorkeling trip in the park, that was equally canceled because of the wind.
So we eventually resumed to take a big touristy boat, which was the only one option still available to see the Calanques.
We left the old port,
passed the Chateau d’If,
rode along the coast,
& arrived in the Calanques National Park.
The little creeks were just more beautiful the one than the other.
Just look at the water’s color!!
The different shades of blue depend on what it’s underwater, sand, rocks or seaweed.
I could have stared at it like forever.
So forgive the amount of pictures… but the place was just too incredible!
Plenty of people were sunbathing, jumping from the rocks, & swimming in the turquoise sea.
I was a bit jealous standing on this big boat, not being able to go down…
…although I was standing there with the best companion ever! 🙂
My cute Surf in Paris sweat is from French brand Cuisse de Grenouille.
I also found our dream house, directly overlooking the sea. Imagine waking up every morning in front of this view! 🙂
We kept on hopping from creek to creek a little longer,
before heading back to Marseille.
It was now our time to enjoy the sea!
There’s a little beach right in Marseille, not far from the Old Port, but it was really too crowded, so we hopped on a Uber to go a bit further away to La Plage du Prado.
Where first thing, we discovered one can surf in Marseille!!!
Although there’s no place to rent a board…
So we jealously passed our way.
The wind was blowing hard on the beach, so that they had taken away all the sunbeds, we therefore sat in a Mexican bar for some fresh fruit juices & tapas.
Not the most French thing, but a very enjoyable one!!
The beach itself, didn’t feel like France neither. With the dry vegetation, the mountains in the background & the roller coaster, it felt more like California 😉
Despite the wind, we chilled a bit ON the beach,
before going to visit Notre Dame de la Garde, the beautiful Basilica sitting on the top of a hill overlooking Marseille.
The interior is richly decorated,
with gold ceilings,
while the vessels & anchors paintings remind we’re in a sea-oriented city.
The outside is equally beautiful & imposing,
& the 360° view over the city & the bay is not bad either! 😉
We strolled down from the top of the hill to our hotel in the Old Port, to get ready for dinner.
Marseille most famous dish is undoubtedly the Bouillabaisse, a fish soup eaten with garlic croutons. Once a poor dish made by fishermen with the fishes that wasn’t enough good to be sold, it has become today a delicious, gourmet treat!
We chose Peron restaurant to taste Marseille’s specialty in front of the sea & a magical sunset.
Friends suggested this place & they were right indeed, we had a lovely, yummy dinner!
Floral jumpsuit from Italian brand Motivi. I really love it as it’s super summery & super flattering!! 🙂
We had the bouillabaisse menu obviously 😉
Starting with some gazpacho,
followed by seafood ceviche for me,
& oysters for my Mr.
As the sun set down,
the main course arrived, bouillabaisse for both of us!
So yummy 🙂
Having dinner in front of such a gorgeous view, listening to the sound of crashing waves, was really beautiful! 🙂
We finished with chocolate pudding for me – really good!
& a selection of cheese for him – I really don’t get this French thing of having cheese as a dessert!? 😉
Some more sweet treats came to put an end to this perfect dinner & perfect week-end in Marseille.
We actually stayed one more day in the Mediterranean city, but hubby worked, so did I. I chose one of the cafes with wifi in the Vieux Port & sat there with my laptop, facing the sea. So much better than sitting at my desk 😉
Another good option can be one of the cafes on the top floor of the new mall Les Terrasses du Port.
Although, if you go to Marseille I hope you’ll rather have the time to enjoy the city & the sea! 😉