30 minutes from Marseille and Aix-en-Provence and 20 minutes from Toulon.
You will be able to taste few Bandol vintages in wineries and enjoy a lunch stop in a selected restaurant.
Le Castellet is one of the tourist highlights of the Var. Perched on a wooded hill above the vineyards, this picturesque walled village offers an exceptional panoramic view towards the massif of La Sainte-Baume. Inside Le Castellet’s well preserved ramparts, you will be able to stroll around its cobbled streets and visit many art and craft workshops.
You will also be able to discover the Bandol’s region lifestyle in its typical markets. There are daily, weekly and night markets with their thousands of scents and colours which offer a large range of excellent local products.
Afterwards, you will leave for the charming coastal village of Cassis. It is situated in a natural Calanque (Cove) between pine forests, white and ochre rocks and vineyards which stretch to the Mediterranean Sea. Cassis is protected by two natural monuments which are the Cap Canaille that glows red when the Mistral blows and the white limestone of the Calanques (Coves). You can have a boat ride (optional) in the National park of “Les Calanques” , duration 45mn.
We will go on the highest maritime cliff in France and see both Cassis & La Ciotat.
Then to get back, we will drive on a sea road into the National Park, make a stop in Notre dame de la garde in Marseille , panoramic view over the city.
This day trip can be combined with a neighboring region.
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Example : 80€ / person on a basis of 8 people
Greek Phoceans landed in this region 26 centuries ago bringing the Ligurians the art of cultivating vines. The Romans organized trade in olive oil and wine using amphorae, assuring portability of this well- balanced and structured wine thus sealing its reputation.
Mostly limestone, with some very stony sandy marl and sandstone.
The production area is contained in a vast amphitheater of mountains (Sainte Baume, Mont Caume) opening onto the sea.
The influence of the sea is felt as it tempers the solar ardor in summer while providing some night time humidity.
– Whites : light, straw yellow color with aromas of lime and broom.
– Rosés : Pale rosehips color. The increased use of the Mourvèdre variety now provides better preservation.
– Reds : Mourvèdre and Grenache varieties. They are powerful, full-bodied, tannic and often age well. Initially characterized by aromas of red fruits, then to notes of truffles and undergrowth.consectetur adipiscing elit. Ut elit tellus, luctus nec ullamcorper mattis, pulvinar dapibus leo.