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8 Calanques - natural wonders If you’re feeling energetic and want to explore off-the-beaten-path, you can rent a kayak from Port Pin in Cassis. This way you’ll really appreciate the beauty of one of France’s most breath-taking landscapes - Les Calanques. These limestones creeks are sometimes referred to as the French Fjords. If you prefer to stay on land, a trek from Port Pin to the En-Vau Calanque is easily accessible for the adventurous hiker and reveals dreamy turquoise waters in a hidden cove - paradise guaranteed. You can also opt for a classic boat ride from the port of Cassis that offers views of 3, 5 or 7 Calanques. Should you be traveling with a small group, opt for a private boat excursion which will get you up closer to the beaches and provide you with scuba gear for some underwater exploration. Don’t leave Provence without a little aqua adventure.
9 Vaison-la-Romaine - Authentic High Vaucluse Region More and more people are becoming aware of the area referred to as Haute (high) Vaucluse. This region retains an authentic atmosphere with its less touristy villages. Here, the mountain atmosphere adds a touch of Alpine air that opens up the senses to the lavender, truffles, wine, saffron and fruit trees. Vaison-la-Romaine is a lively town with two weekly markets as well as a lovely Provencal square lined with cafés for resting tired feet. It’s also a paradise for Roman history buffs with open-air museums featuring a 1st century BC antique theater and one of the largest Roman villa vestiges in France. Don’t leave Vaison before crossing the Roman bridge to explore the Medieval City, Haute Ville. Should you be feeling in the mood for a little climb, wend your way to the top where the Counts of Toulouse built their castle. The view is worth the effort!
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