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towns on the coast

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towns on the coast

We will be spending a few days in Provence next month and will be based in Isle sur la Sorgue. Does anyone have a suggestion for a day trip to a town/village on the coast so we can also get a little bit of the "Med" atmosphere as well? If the coast is too far for a day trip from Isle sur la Sorgue, any other suggestion east or south would be appreciated as well. We have previously explored many towns in western Provence such as Arles, Orange, Avignon etc.

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1. Re: towns on the coast

The obvious would be a trip to Cassis, about a 90 minute drive, from which a boat will take you on a trip to the Calanques.

I would find a drive through the Camargue to Les Saintes Maries de la mer with a stop at the fascinating medieval fortified port of Aigues Mortes ("Dead Waters") more interesting. The round trip would be about 4 hours so a pretty full day with sightseeing added...

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2. Re: towns on the coast

I would definitely go to Cassis, lovely town, great restaurants, two nice beaches, nice touristy shops and you can walk along to the calanques and see the view from the top as well as taking the boat trip. Try to do lunch at the Bonaparte in the rue Bonaparte, it's fab. have a drink in the cafe by the tennis club at the top of the calanques. You can take the little tourist train up there if you don't want to walk.

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4. Re: towns on the coast

We will also be in Cassis from May 12 - 19 with no particular itenary. We plan to take a leisurely week in the area. Which are the "must see" places nearby, can you recommend any good, not so touristy, restaurants. What would be a useful theme or itenerary for us. We'll have a car and are walking distance from the beaches??

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