Calqueiranne beach town in November

On a sunny November day, day temperatures here can reach 22 degrees and it’s no wonder people like to spend their weekends dining al fresco by the sea. It only took an hour to get here from Cotignac.

We chose a chic looking bistro type place called Le Pub just in front of the port of Calqueiranne and were happy to have arrived just before 12pm as parking was easy to find. The kids ate the typical steak-haché-frites menu (13 euros) and we ate Moules Marinier (marinated mussels in white wine) for 17 euros with a glass of AOC Cote de Provence (5 euros) with sun in our faces the entire time. The best part of our day was our walk to the parasol-pine park where there was a boules court, then over to the beaches via the boardwalk. There are plenty of little nooks to hideaway in, sunbathe, or enjoy a cup of coffee/glass of rosé along the beach walks. Next time I’d like to try L’Aventure restaurant as we heard some great music coming from there as we walked past. What’s great about this region is that beaches can be enjoyed all year ’round and the advantages of the off-peak season are: fewer tourists and easier parking!

Calqueiranne is located between Le Pradet and Hyères. More information here: