What to wear when escaping to one of the gorgeous Provence calanques or nearby Mediterranean beaches? We’ve picked a few bare, yet luxe essentials to hit any plage in-style, whether in Provence, Italy or the dreamy Greek islands. We are coveting this stunning, gorgeous, extra-large Hermes scarf that pairs perfectly with this classic yet sexy Agent Provacateur swimsuit, statement Karen Walker sunglasses and fresh, non-toxic khaki polish from Kure Bazaar Paris.
But where’s a stylish beach gal able to seek proper refuge from the heat and crowds, in this busy summer season in Provence? You’re in luck, we’re sharing our very top secret list of our personal favorite, local Luxe Provence beaches with you, but shhhh, promise not to tell too many people!?
1: Calanque en Vau, (pictured) Cassis: arrive in style by yacht, or take the more rigorous yet rewarding 2-hour hike via Port Pin to one of the most breathtaking places I’ve ever seen. This calanque features some of the highest cliffs of the calanques and dazzling waters, between La Ciotat and Marseille.
2: Calanque de Sormiou, Marseille: a pure locals secret (thank you Laura) — you can actually drive in to this calanque, even in the bustling summer months, but you must arrive very early by 8am to the park gates to grab a spot, or be left to walk-in. Definitely worth the early start to arrive before the masses and enjoy a peaceful moment, or arrive at dusk for dinner at its quaint little seaside restaurant (reservations a must).
3: Mugel Calanque and Park, La Ciotat: warm, clear waters with little waves, ideal for an early morning snorkel. A real local treasure in La Ciotat with its own tropical park and nice little restaurant open for lunch and dinner, along with chair/umbrella rental for about twenty.
4: Les Lecques, Saint Cyr sur Mer: great for families, this large sandy open beach offers easy public parking and simple, little snack shops. Spots fill up early.