When driving in France, you’ll find many high-altitude roads inland but the French coast also owns some pretty nice ones. The Route des Crêtes is perhaps one of the most beautiful coastal roads of Southern France, a magnificent coastal road linking the villages of Cassis and La Ciotat. This tortuous route of 17 km offers a 360 degree view of the bay of Cassis, limestone cliffs, islands and an endless blue sea. A journey between sea and mountains and on the Montagne de la Canaille, a small rocky mountain range 363 m above the Bay of Cassis. These coastal cliffs are the highest in France (even before the famous cliffs of Etretat) and the third highest coastal cliffs in Europe!
You can hike through the woods and along the cliffs, but driving this road is already a pleasure for the eyes. Half an hour is sufficient to drive this route but to fully enjoy this breathtaking road, you’ll have to step out on the many vertiginous viewpoints, which always show the beautiful surroundings from a different perspective. After a hike through the sunny Calanques of Cassis, we drove towards Toulon at the end of the day on this scenic route. In this photoblog I share my most beautiful pictures of the Route des Crêtes!
What is the most beautiful coastal route you’ve ever driven?