Day Trips From Aix-en-Provence Cassis Marina

Day Trips From Aix-en-Provence – Explore Southern France

Did you know that Aix-en-Provence is situated only a couple hours drive from the southern Alps and about ½-hour from the Mediterranean? Aix is great as a “home base” for fun day trips any time of year, no matter whether they involve ski parkas or suntan oil. One of my favorites is Cassis, where you can walk the town, have a terrific seafood lunch in the marina, hike a nearby calanque, and enjoy a wine tasting at one of the scenic domains all in the same day. Or within 2½-hours, you can be in Saint-Tropez, Monaco, L’Isle sur la Sorgue, the Alps or even sit down for a pasta lunch in San Remo, Italy.

Day Trips From Aix-en-Provence MapDriving Suggestions for Day Trips

Have plenty of change (coins) or a credit card with the electronic chip handy on your outing. France tolls the major roadways, and only coins or contactless card payments are accepted at the electronic peages (toll booths). If you have paper money or are expecting to enter a pin with your card payment, you’ll find yourself with some annoyed French drivers in line behind you as you try to get it sorted out. There’s a speaker that you can use to contact someone if you get stuck. But don’t worry, it’s easy when you’re prepared and you‘ll quickly get the hang of it because no matter which direction you go, you’ll pause frequently to make a donation. And if you’re trying to decide what to pack with you, you can consult my handy travel guide.


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