I have a new favorite place on planet Earth. Cassis. I do believe Ben and I have found one of the most beautiful spots in all the land. I may or may not already be dreaming how I can get back to this beautiful place. If you have never been, start planning now!
As soon as we arrived, I was in love. Ben and I stayed in a little studio that a hostel owned and it was top notch. The hostel was incredible (Cassis Hostel) and even had a pool. All in all, we won. Shortly after arriving and dropping our bags we walked down to the port to find dinner.
The French Riviera just gets me with all those winding narrow streets, colorful walls paired with dreamy shutters, and florals galore. Yes.
Woodfired pizza hit the dang spot. Ben ordered the seafood and I the vegetable and it was divine. It was one of those things where although you were past the point of full you kept going.
Afterwards we went in and out of the streets, sat by the port, and swooned over it all.
The rocky beach was apparently the spot to be for the sunset.
^My favorite person. My best travel pal.
After chatting and taking in the sunset we were feeling a crepe. I am not sure how considering the sheer amount of pizza we consumed, but hey, I suppose you don’t turn down a crepe! Banana and Nutella it was. As the evening went on we noticed there were loads of people bustling around and sitting all along the port but thought nothing of it.
We began our way back up to the studio and then BAM. FIREWORKS. I went in full sprint mode back to the port and squeezed my way into the perfect spot. It was quite the show complete with the Beatles soundtrack playing in the background. Cassis really put on quite the show for our first evening. Rise and shine! Sunday morning was a full day with an early start. We planned on hiking the Calanques, and found that due to the heat were only open to hike from 6-11am, so an early start was a must! With coffee in hand we started our hike with the sun hitting the water juuustt right.
The Calanques are cliffs that plunge into the Mediterranean and have marked trails, affectionately referred to as the fjords of Provence. The coves are pieces of paradise. We hiked up and down the rocky cliffs to finally reach the most beautiful place on earth, Port En-Vau. I could honestly sit and stare for hours here.
^What a view! And then the three little pigs showed up!
When our time was up we hiked back to the Cassis beaches grabbed some lunch and posted up at Plage de Bestouan. We started off on the “beach” which proved to be a bed of scorching stones doubling, so we made our way over to the bigger rocks you can see in the picture below for a bit of a breeze. The water was ice cold. I am talking like take your breath away cold. To cool off you practically just need to put in one toe and you are instantly revived.
After our beach naps we walked up to the hostel to chill by the pool for a bit until I finished the second Harry Potter book (I am on a roll!)
Earlier in the day we popped by the shop to pick up some quintessential picnic items. Ya know, wine, cheese, bread, grapes, and salad. The usuals. After a quick shower we packed our bag and walked in the direction of the beach for dinner.
Once no more baguette could be consumed we spotted a lighthouse and a rock that appeared to be the perfect sunset watching rock.
The sunset was beautiful. It did the whole pink glistening light off the water and the sky turning cotton candy thing. Swoon.
Then we followed our ears straight to the port for some jazz. We love jazz . We also lovethe couples who were dancing away feeling the beat, and the sweet old men who wanted to feel the beat so badly but just could seem to find the right one.
Monday morning we woke up quite excited because it was time for some kayaking! After hiking the calanques the day before we both agreed we must kayak through the crystal blue water. This had to be one of my favorite things Ben and I have done. Tandem kayaking is a true test of a relationship. Just kidding, it was great! Being able to look down in the clearest water I have laid eyes on straight to the bottom was unbelievable. We paddled through the wind and waves back to Port En-Vau for lunch. The cliffs are beautiful and create a picture perfect scene. Ben was determined to do a little cliff jumping. Once we spotted the perfect cliff we paddled up for him to climb up the rocks. After I conducted some paddle investigation on the depth, he made the jump! Crazy kid. We kayaked back and spent the afternoon by the pool before I tearfully had to leave the most beautiful place on earth.
Cassis stole both our hearts. Its beauty is unmatched and we both loved the adventure we found there. I am team Cassis, its number one fan, and biggest advocate all the way.