For the second year in a row, the south of France plays host to the Formula 1 French Grand Prix. Motorsport Live looks at why Provence in the end of June is the best place to be on Earth thanks to the famous French Riviera but also picturesque countryside villages, multiple outdoor activities and Marseille: city of art and cultures.
The French Grand Prix could not be scheduled on a better date than the end of June. This is the perfect moment to discover all the magic of Provence. Everything starts in Marseille: founded by the Greeks 2,600 years ago, this is the oldest city in France and the second largest in the country. The very first thing to do is to take a walk on the Old Port where you will discover the Marseille spirit. Take a break and lunch in one of the many restaurants around area, where you must try a bouillabesse - a traditional Provençal fish stew.
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You can't leave the Old Port without eating a Navette either! Find this traditional pastry at Le Four des Navettes on the foot of the Saint Victor Abbey. The recipe has remained the same since 1781 and you will quickly understand why this pastry is a best seller. Keep going until Notre-Dame de la Garde where you will find a fantastic 360-degree city view. On the other side of the Old Port, you will discover the MuCEM and the Fort Saint-Jean, which tells the story of the history of the city. Then continue a bit further to the shopping hub at Les Terrasses du Port. To finish the day, climb up to the highest point of the building and find the R2 Rooftop, which open from 19:00. There is no better place to party!
The Calanques National Park is a highlight of the trip. Rambling in the park is gorgeous, find a way through the trees until you come across the sea rocked by the chirping sound of the cicadas. Calanque de Sugiton is within 45-minute walk of Luminy. You also can discover Calanques with a boat excursion, which is also a wonderful journey on the beautiful blue sea.
Next stop: Cassis. A wonderful town, the perfect place to drink a white wine or a Bandol Rosé in front of the port. If it is hot enough you even can go on the beach and swim in the Mediterranean. From there, you cannot miss the, the highest sea cliff in France (394 meters). From Cassis you can go along the coast to the east and discover all the classic French Riviera cities: Bandol, Sanary-sur-Mer, Toulon, Hyères and, of course, the legendary
If you head inland, there are some new awesome landscapes waiting for you. Hiking lovers will be drawn to climb the Sainte-Baume. Sainte-Baume is not only the name of a famous curve on the French Grand Prix, it is actually a mountain ridge. Spend time in the towns around the mountain like Aubagne to discover Santons - stunning decorated terracotta figures - and indulge in Marcel Pagnol's - the auteur film maker's - legacy. Among the traditional villages of Auriol, Gémenos and Plan-d'Aups-Sainte-Baume, you can feel the true spirit of Provence. These are good places to drink a glass of Pastis, an anise-flavoured aperitif that was first commercialized by... Paul Ricard!
For those with children to keep entertained, the warm climate of the province makes it perfect for outdoor activities. Within a short drive of the circuit you can find: Le Royaume des Arbres (actually next to the circuit), one of the largest adventure parks in Europe; while between the circuit and Cuges-les-Pins is the OK Corral, an iconic amusement park, famous in the south of France for its rides and awe-inspiring live action shows. There really is something for everyone.
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