This is Made in Marseille Provence travel guide, a guide made by Marseille people for everyone. Here you will find out about Provence best places and travel tips. This page takes you on a journey to one of the most beautiful towns of the area : Cassis, well-known for its Calanques, its picturesque streets and its white wine.
Only 30 km from Marseille city’s centre, Cassis will definitely charm you with its centre and its picturesque little streets that lead to a lovely and colourful little fishing port. Far from the village, inlands, the vineyards surround the town, and near the coast, the Calanques and the Cap Canaille mountains range dive into the Méditerranée. This article will tell you about Cassis must-sees and activities.
Take a walk in our wonderful Calanquesdownload 47 Meters Down movie
If you visit you must go for a walk in the Calanques. The Calanque de Port-Miou, the only one located in the town, can be reach in only 10 minutes by foot, you have no excuse ! Keep walking alond the GR 98, and you will reach the other calanques marseillaises near Cassis : Port-Pin and En-Vau. You can even see the Calanque de Callelongue, the last one on the walking trail, after 11 hours of walk in the mountains. You feel really lazy ? You can still take a boat to visit our beautiful calanques. For more information, click here.
Go for a swimm and relax on the beach
There are four beaches in Cassis. La Grande Mer, le Bestouan and l’Anse du Corton are mainly shingle beaches, but the last one, l’Anse de l’Arène is made of rocks. Again, be aware of the crowd during Summer, it gets very difficult to park. Our advice is to park at the town’s entrance, on the free car park « les Gorguettes » and catch the bus that will take you to the city’s centre (every 5 or 10 minutes during Summer).
Wander in Cassis port
Cassis port is an emblematic place. Walk a long the port and stop for a break at one of the many cafés and restaurants, you will be seated right in front of the port’s beautiful boats. At sunset, the façades, illuminated by sunlight, become almost orange. Book a table or stop just before the night fall to have a glass of white wine with some olives, and watch the castle of Cassis perched on a rock above the port… Wait and see, you won’t be disappointed.
Discover Cassis historic heritage
There are many communal landmarks in Cassis : la fontaine des Quatre Nations, la fontaine Baragnon, l’Hôtel de Ville (the Town Hall) with its arched rooms which are used as exhibition rooms, « le Tribunal de pêche » on le quai Barthélemy, a heritage of Cassis old industry, the vestiges of « l’usine à fer du Bestouan » (an iron factory) that worked only five years, the castle, now a luxury hotel, or the old communal oven in La maison du four, rue Thérèse Rastit.
…And religious heritage
As the many religious buildings testify, religion has always been omnipresent in Cassis. The eleven oratories are located a bit everywhere, along the cassidens streets and paths. There were 12 chapels in Cassis in the 19th Century, only four are left: la chapelle de l’Hôtel de Ville, la chapelle Sainte-Anne, la chapelle Sainte-Croix de Jérusalem and la chapelle de Port-Miou. The town has also a beautiful neo-roman church with three naves, l’église Saint-Michel, located rue de l’Abbé Paul Mouton.
Taste the local products on Cassis market
“Le marché de Cassis” takes place every Wednesday and Friday in the town centre (place Baragnon, rue Gervais, place Clémenceau, rue de l’Arène). Forty local merchants and farmers sell their products: fruits, vegetables, condiments, charcuterie, crémerie, poissonnerie, boulangerie, farm’s products…
Every Wednesday and Friday from 8am to 1.30pm.
Discover Cassis AOC vineyards and wines
There are 12 domains in Cassis and they have been well-known for a long time. Although this reputation came from the white wines, the town produces red and rosés too. Since 1936, Cassis wines are labelled AOC (Appellation d’Origine Contrôlée), they were the first in Provence to get the label ! You’re welcome to walk around the vineyards and pay a visit to the wine-growers. If you want to do a guided tour of one of the AOC Cassis vineyards, ask the Tourist Office.
Ride the Route des Crêtes and admire the panorama from le Cap Canaille
To reach Cassis from La Ciotat, the best way is to take la route des Crêtes, which crosses the Cap Canaille mountains range. You must take this road and stop to admire the breathtaking panoramas. The cliffs are the highest maritime cliffs of Europe! Their summit, called « la Grande Tête » (“the big head” ), is 394 metres high. From the Route des Crêtes you will see the Golfe de Cassis, the Calanques or the archipel du Riou. There are many car parks along the road to stop and admire the view.
A walking and biking trail of about 12 Km (one way) allows you to discover these exceptional panoramas by foot or bike.