Cruise Diva Goes
Ashore in Europe:
to see & things to do
busiest Mediterranean port is a grab bag of coastal pleasures.
The area boasts quaint fishing villages, intimate resorts,
and an incomparable coastline.
In contrast, the impressionist landscapes of Provence and Les
Baux beckon visitors inland from the sea to explore the countryside.
near the industrial area of the harbor, head for the Vieux Port, the
Old Harbor and heart of the city.
The forts of St. Nicholas and St. John guard the port
entrance, Town Hall, and the Canebiere.
Set high on the hills above the Old Harbor, the site of the
beautiful cathedral of Notre-Dame de la Garde offers panoramic
views. Inside, the
cathedral is resplendent with mosaics, mural paintings, and
is synonymous with beautiful rolling countryside and leisurely meals
enjoyed in charming surroundings with fine French wines.
Take to the road, either by shore excursion or rental car,
for the likes of Aix en Provence, the home of Paul Cezanne, where
aristocratic townhouses display Baroque facades and carved doors and
narrow streets lead to the Archbishop’s Palace, the Romanesque St.
Sauveur Cathedral, and the 17th century Town Hall.
through the most scenic area of France to reach Les Baux, a quaint
village of narrow cobblestone streets, ancient stone houses, and
medieval ruins high atop the Alpilles Mountain Range.
main shopping area is along Prado Avenue.
Small shops in Les Baux and Aix en Provence offer fragrant
soaps, perfumes, art, pottery, and local handicrafts.
Some of France’s oldest vineyards are nearby in the area of
Bandol and locally produced wines and Pastis (the aperitif brewed in
the region) make fine souvenirs and gifts.
minutes from Marseilles, Cassis is a popular summer resort with
small beaches and the bonus of seaside boutiques and cafés.
Ports of Call