The coastal road, which leads south from the port of Marseilles, opens up fascinating perspectives, but ends abruptly in the grandiose wilderness of the cliffs and gorges of the Calanques.
Story, Camera, Editor : Bert Schwarz
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To the east, the scenic D 559 leads to the vineyards of Cassis, to the magnificent beaches of Sanary and Six-Four-Les-Plages and on to Toulon.
Cassis, Greek Charsis, Latin Portus Charsicus, is one of the oldest foundations of Massalia. Poets (Mistral) raved about the small harbour and it was a favourite motif for painters (Derain, Dufy, Matisse, Vlaminck).
Fascinating is the landscape of its bizarre fjords and gorges, the Calanques. It is best to explore them on foot or by boat. Some cliffs are the result of human intervention: Here, limestone has been mined for centuries, which can be found in Genoa or on the Suez Canal.
The white wine, named after its place of origin, is also famous. Various wineries can be visited on foot or by bicycle on a Route des Vins and their wines can be tasted. We visit the winery Bodin, which is located on the outskirts of the city within sight of the Calanques rocks.