Traditional skills

  • Madeleine Dupont in Cabourg

    Madeleine Dupont in Cabourg

  • © Office de tourisme de Cassis

Traditional skills

The French coast is rich in traditional craft skills and expertise. Come and meet some of our local producers and artisan food makers and discover a little of the real France.


The first stop on our culinary journey gives wine-lovers the chance to find out how the wines of the famed AOC Cassis vineyards are made and to sample the dry and fruity white wines they produce.

Next, we travel to Saint-Jean-de-Mont on the Vendée coast for a guided “Histoire de Gourmandise” walk around the local market, showcasing the smells and flavours of the local “cuisine montoise” through a series of stories and historical anecdotes. What could be more authentic? You will also discover some little-known regional dishes including brioche vendéenne and bignaïe, a thick crêpe topped with bacon, known locally as the “marsh pizza”.

To round off our culinary wanderings, we head for Cabourg, a town on the Normandy coast, where the Pâtisserie Dupont has earned numerous awards for the excellence of its particular speciality, the madeleine. A visit not to be missed for fans of these light and succulent, shell-shaped little cakes!

After this tour of France’s regional cuisines, it’s time for a breath of fresh air!

Deauville, in Normandy, is a town with a passion for horses and horse riding. Its International Horse Centre organises a programme of races and competitions offering a heady mix of tradition and excitement. Meanwhile, further south in Lower Normandy, the Mode in Normandie young fashion festival is causing its own stir.

On the Côte d’Azur there is little left to say about the famous sandals of St Tropez (known as les Tropéziennes) which found their way back into fashion in the 1920s. Manufactured by craftsmen in small, local factories, their versatility and elegance provide the finishing touch to any outfit.

In Bastia, capital of Corsica, preparations are underway for an original spring festival. Don’t miss the opportunity to discover and meet some of the island’s most gifted designers at Creazione, a festival proposing a series of exhibitions, workshops and conferences on fashion, art and design.

 

Further afield

The vineyards of Cassis by electric bike – Explore the gently undulating landscape of the Cassis vineyards by electric bike under the leadership of a local guide and visit some of its fantastic viewpoints. The route includes two stops at AOC Cassis wineries where you will be able to taste the region’s famous dry and fruity white wines.