The Quiet Side of the Côte d’Azur

Les calanques de Cassis

Travellers seeking a laid-back beach experience tend to shy away from the Riviera. Yet, to the west of the glittering towns lining the Côte d’Azur lies a more tranquil counterpart that remains under the radar

Yacht-clogged harbours, all-night casinos, designer shopping… The glamour and glitz associated with Monte Carlo, Cannes and Saint-Tropez is just half the story. On the western stretch of the crescent-shaped coastline that forms the Côte d’Azur, between Toulon and Marseille, lies a different world of sun-drenched shores and age-old fishing villages with a character all of their own. Cassis, the most famous town here, is the jewel in the crown, but there are hidden gems aplenty, and travellers looking for some relaxed fun in the sun have more than enough to choose from here for an unforgettable adventure.

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Bandol wine preserved under water

Over 100 bottles of Bandol wine were placed under the sea for a year with one goal in mind: observing the ageing of wine.

The bottles of white, rosé and red wine were left 40m under the surface of the Mediterranean for 12 months. Today, divers collected carefully their loot. After 3 hours, all bottles were rescued and ready for tasting.

And the proud winemakers are convinced of the success of their experiment after tasting the reds, whites and rosés. Every wine was compared with a same bottle kept in a cellar for 12 months. And after being compared, most connoisseurs said that they preferred the underwater variety.

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