In less than two hours, the landscape shifts completely from the ports of La Seyne sur Mer to plunging cliffs and gorges in Verdon Regional Nature Park, considered France’s Grand Canyon. There are numerous ways to enter the dramatic Gorges du Verdon, which dip down nearly 1,000 feet to rivers prime for kayaking. From the gateway village of Castellane, winding roads snake around lakes like the larger Sainte-Croix, with bright turquoise water best explored by pedal boat. The 120 million-year-old limestone Calanques are just as jaw dropping, stretching nearly 12 miles along the coast from Marseille to Cassis. During the summer months, it’s easy to go island hopping from La Seyne thanks to a direct ferry from Les Sablettes to Porquerolles Island, known for Caribbean-style beaches and pole-to-plate seafood restaurants, such as Le Pélagos.