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One of Provence’s prettiest coastal villages, Cassis enjoys an idyllic setting amid Mediterranean calanques (rock-sheltered coves), the Cap Canaille sea cliffs, and vineyard-carpeted hills. As well as beaches, a boat-filled harbor, and the historic Château de Cassis, the town also boasts ample boutiques, cafés, and hotels.
Many visitors explore Cassis as part of day tours from Aix-en-Provence. Tours typically incorporate either guided walking tours or free time in the town itself, as well as boat trips around Calanques National Park (Parc National des Calanques), stop-offs at Cape Canaille, and visits to wineries in either the Bandol or Cassis wine region. Some shore excursions from Marseille cruise port combine Cassis with nearby Aix-en-Provence.
Things to Know Before You Go
- Cassis is a must for scenery seekers, beach lovers, and wine enthusiasts.
- Plenty of restaurants along the Cassis waterfront serve fresh fish and local white and rosé wines.
- If you are planning to hike the calanques in summer, bring sunscreen, a hat, ample water, and sturdy footwear.
How to Get There
Cassis is situated in the South of France, about 18.5 miles (30 kilometers) from Marseille and 34 miles (55 kilometers) from Aix-en-Provence. From Marseille, ride the M8 bus or take the TER (regional train) from Saint Charles train station to Cassis. Cassis train station is about a 10-minute drive or short bus ride from the town center.
When to Get There
The best time to visit Cassis is in summer, when you can take full advantage of the area’s beaches and coves. Note that access to the calanques is occasionally restricted between June and September, based on the fire risk; check ahead before departing on a hike.
Exploring Calanques National Park
Cassis is the gateway to scenic Calanques National Park, a 199-square-mile (515-square-kilometer) swath of protected land incorporating upland massifs and parts of the Mediterranean coast, including the magnificent calanques. As well as presenting extensive hiking opportunities, the park can also be explored by boat tour. However you travel, look out for the park’s rare wildlife species, including ocellated lizards, which can reach 3 feet (1 meter) in length, and Montpellier snakes, which can grow up to 6.5 feet (2 meters) in length.
Address: Cassis, France
3 Tours and Activities to Experience Cassis
Cassis pebbly beaches, calanques, limestone cliffs and driving the spectacular scenic Route des Crêtes along the clifftops to Cap Canaille. Cassis discovery - the magic begins to works its wonders when we leave Marseille climbing up over the steep hillsides & tiny roads taking us to the picturesque fishing village of Cassis. The road bends its way between vineyards & pine woods. The charm of Cassis shows itself as you explore little alleyways & squares edged with colourful fishermen's houses. Cassis marks everyone's mind as they discover the harbour for the first time, the boats & welcoming café terraces. The drive between Marseille and Cassis is a spectacular one. Following the clifftop road - Route des Crêtes to Cap Canaille, towering cliffs reach a height of 394 meters. This winding road connects La Ciotat to Cassis, offering spectacular views and an exceptional panorama over La Ciotat's bay & Ile Verte beyond. Ahead, the vast massif of the Calanques towers over the sea.
Explore the best of Provence in a day with our privae tour to Aix en Provence, Marseille and Cassis. This tour a must if it is your first time in Provence. You will tour Marseille, capital city of Provence and biggest port in France; explore the most beautiful city of Provence in Aix en Provence; and see the most jaw-pending panorama on the coast from the top of the cliff in Cassis. We provide the best professional tour guides in the south of France.
We suggest that you create your private itinerary in Provence. Do you feel like nature and the city in the same day? Sea and mountain? Go boating and stroll through the alleys of a medieval town? Everything is possible ! We adapt to your wishes. Half day or full day, you choose what you like the most. Marseille, the Gineste route, hiking to En Vau, the Crêtes route, Cassis and the most beautiful Calanques of the National Park by boat. Aix en Provence, its 1000 fountains and its mansions. The Sainte Victoire mountain and the Lacoste castle. Discover the Luberon: Gordes, the ochres of Roussillon, the lavender fields and the Senanque abbey. Fontaine de Vaucluse and the canals of L'isle-sur-la-Sorgue? A cooking workshop in the Halles d'Avignon, the Palais des Papes, the Côtes du Rhône wine route, Arles, Les-Baux-de-Provence, Saint-Rémy-de-Provence Let us know what you want, we are here to satisfy you.
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