Cassis and La Ciotat at 12km apart, are the bookends on the shelf of the Mediterranean coast around Marseilles. The 12km stretch overhangs the sea beyond the highest cliffs in Europe - 394m of ochre-coloured rock which descends sharply into the turquoise waters. The panorama is truly phenomenal, spellbinding, hypnotic even, and the wind sweeps through the highlands all year round under a somewhat harsh light. To the west, lie the calanques or rocky inlets and the town of Cassis; to the east, La Ciotat and the first shores of the Côte d'Azur, surrounded by the Estérel mountain and the intense blues of sea and sky that melt away into the horizon. Travel along the road at sunset to experience the soft, warm hue that lights up the islands off the coast of Marseilles and let the fresh sea air intoxicate you as it blends with the fragrant garrigue.
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