Cassis Travel Guide

  • The calanques and cap Canaille
    The calanques and cap Canaille
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    Cassis - the port
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  • Falaises de Soubeyranes - Cap Canaille
    Falaises de Soubeyranes - Cap Canaille
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Cassis Things to Do

  • Go to the beach

    There were a lot of people hanging out on the public beach near the harbor, I didn't bring a swimsuit but it didn't matter, the water was filled with litter and stuff that floats around in the sea and most of the beach was pebbles not sand. I was a little surprised to see this in the south of France where I assumed all of their beaches were well...

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  • Boat ride to see the calanques

    When we walked into town, just past all of the restaurants lining the waterfront there was a booth selling boat trips out to the calanques, you can purchase 1/2 hour before the scheduled time. You can visit 3, 5, 8 or 9 calanques and the rates and length of cruise vary depending on how many you select. We opted for the 8 calanque tour which lasted...

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  • Visit "Les Calanques"

    You can take a boat tour around so called "Calanques". Your will bee taken a pleasant ride around creeks and blue sea.In one hour, you can see nice creek views. Inside the creekes, there are many beaches and fishing spots.The creek coast stretched to Marseille. From your boat, you can see a good view of the Cassis harbor and the castle.

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  • The Chateau (Castle)

    If you just up and across up on the hill top, you will find a the chateau. Apparently it used to be a tourist spot but was told that someone bought it up and now has become a private property. Not sure how true it is.

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  • Calendal Statue

    Calendal was a humble anchovy fisherman and hero of a work by famous local poet Frederic Mistral. His memory is now honoured by this statue made in Cassis stone.

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  • Les Calanques

    I would say 90% of tourist who comes to Casis does the Calanques as it is one of the main tourist spot. There is actually 2 ways to do it:1) By boat - you can do the boat ride along the 3 calanques. I don't remember how much it cost but then when you go to the pier, you will see boat operators offering boat tours.2) Hiking - take a hike to all the...

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  • Walk around: Cap Canaille

    Canaille means rascal, villain but comes from Latin "Canalis mons", "the mountain which swims into the sea". The Cape Canaille is magnificent. It forms an immense stone rampart. The cliffs of this mountain are the highest maritime cliffs in Europe. Their main feature is the Grande Tête or Large Head with its 394m cliff. The 15km tourist route along...

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  • Picnic on the rocks

    Immediately to the west of Cassis are some great rocks and beaches on which you can have a great picnic or barbecue, particularly in the evening. You can buy some baguettes, cheese and wine and have a great al fresco experience as you absorb the wonderful views of Cassis and the nearby cliffs. Obviously, one shouldn't over indulge in alcohol and...

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  • Walk around: the calenques

    A classiefied site, 20km of sign posted paths, the Calanques are limestone cliffs which plunge into the Mediterranean Sea, can be visited either on foot or by boats that set sail from Cassis. (I recommend both, as you don't have the same view)The Calanques are a paradise for the diver, the climber and for those who wish to discover the local fauna...

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  • Visit the city

    A magical effect? I think yes: vineyards and pine forestin around, narrow streets and squares bordered by the colourful houses, local fishermen and the the port, hot spot for tourism (with its boats and inviting terraces).Don't be affraid to be lost in the small streets.Tourism office (english) website just after

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  • Calanque from Cassis : Calanque...

    This is the panorama you can get of the Calanque d'En-Vaut! This is when following the red GR path after the Calanque de Port-Pin.

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  • Calanque from Cassis : climbing !

    The Calanque d'En-Vaut is visited by a lot of climbers...its walls are irristibles...so we did it also!!! Well, in fact, we just wanted to take a shorter way between En-Vaut and Port-Pin that was the red GR walk (closed for danger...I guess)...and we ended up climbing walls because we did not found the good way !!!! it was quite funny and not that...

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Cassis Restaurants

  • Waterfront dining

    For lunch in Cassis, you almost have to find a restaurant along the waterfront. All of them have outdoor patios and the menus are similar in price and variety. We picked this one because they had a moule frites (mussels and fries) special on the board

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  • Pizzeria Restaurant - La Fringale

    Wood grill pizza. The best I've every had! We found the restaurant by accident and it was kinda of a 1 man show restaurant but the food was AMAZING and the service was tip top. Would recommend this place personally if I don't think they he deserved it. Come visit this restaurant if you have a chance. Cheers! Pizza

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  • Seafood and local food

    I tried several restaurants in Cassis and it was always good, even for a French. Most of them are on the port.Provence food mainly (seafood, ...), but please, don't expect this typical restaurants to have always general western food. I had an american coleague, who ABSOLUTLY wants to eat Foie-gras and crème brulée in Cassis and she didn't...

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  • Lunch on the Quai facing the ocean

    On the waterfont is a mostly red-deco restaurant that features breakfast and lunches (and ice cream deserts), called M. Brun. The seats are comfortable, the breeze blows their way and they don't mind you sitting for a couple of hours writing in your journal after eating a salad. They mainly have petit dejeuner, salads and drinks and their prices...

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  • General Tip

    As a general restaurant tip in Cassis, I will offer this advice. It is my theory that any restaurant/club/bar etc. found on a main tourist strip where there is a good view of something (ie in this case, the sea) will have food that is often only so-so, rather than great. These restaurants with views do not have to work hard for their tourist money,...

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  • More excellent seafood

    Again a great seafood restaurant in Cassis which is not on the main seaside quai area, but rather in the small alley-like streets just bordering to the Quai des Baux. This was the first restaurant we went to in Cassis and was 2nd best after the Bonaparte (we tried a different one each night for 6 nights and went to the Bonaparte twice). The food...

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Cassis Nightlife

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    by lapresquile Written Apr 26, 2009

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    I spent a great moment with my friends in this splendid restaurant on the sea.

    Dress Code: good closes are required

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Cassis Transportation

  • Parking in Cassis

    Once you arrive there are blue P signs directing you to the lots around town, the 1st couple we tried were already filled but we eventually found an outdoor one with a spot open. Payment was at a meter than only took coins, so we didn't have to worry about it, we paid until 19:00 when the meter was done for the day. Down the street there was a...

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  • Bus from Cassis to Marseille

    There is a bus service from Cassis to Marseille which takes circa 45 minutes and costs 2.70 euros. It leaves from Le Gendarmerie, not the casino which is the terminus for the SNCF station and some park and ride facilities. Get the timetables from the Tourist Office near the beach and le port. The bus terminates in Avenue de Prado in Marseille near...

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Cassis Local Customs

  • The poetry shop in Cassis

    Initially, I though that the small poetry shop in Cassis was some sort of joke but no, it's the real thing. It was only after I left Cassis that I realised that it actually would make a gift with a difference. I suppose that I should write a verse to describe it-In Cassis town there is a shop that's really very pretty,inside you'll not buy bread or...

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  • The poetry shop in Cassis

    Initially, I though that the small poetry shop in Cassis , near le port, was some sort of joke but no, it's the real thing. I suppose that I should write a verse to describe it-In Cassis town there is a shop that's really very pretty,inside you'll not buy bread or milk, but instead an ode or dittySo if you're blue or needing cheered or yearning yet...

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Cassis Warnings and Dangers

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    by scanos Written Jul 22, 2008

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    The calanques close to Cassis are the main reason for visiting this town. They are very beautiful and worth seeing but there are some dangers associated with walking along the paths and beaches. The first one is obvious and that is the danger of fire. As well as being well signposted, there are patrols by rangers who will advise on the fire risk status and ask you to leave during RED days, for example. Failure to do so attracts a fine of 135 euros. ORANGE is walking at any time, anywhere , RED is 6am to 11am only and BLACK means walking forbidden 24/7. It is important therefore that you stay to the marked paths so that the rangers can ensure that you dont inadvertently break the rules.

    The other danger is slipping on the limestone rocks. Some of these have been worn down by walkers to a glass like surface, an unusual phenomenon for those used to walking through harder wearing rocks.

    Lastly, Le Mistral is well documented as causing people to slip and trip whilst walking.

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Cassis Off The Beaten Path

  • The Antibes

    When driving east from Cassis, many small dirt roads lead off to the cliffs which present amazing views of the small bays, the islands and the blue Mediteranean.Great places to stop for a barbecue while enjoying the view of the Antibes.

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  • Route du Cretes

    Between Cassis and La Ciotat is the road Route du Cretes. It runs on top of the mountains with excellent views of the Mediteranian Sea. There's also a walking trail. Looked to be very popular!

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Cassis Sports & Outdoors

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    Hiking above Port Miou to Port Pin

    by firechick Updated Apr 4, 2011

    There are several hiking trails in and around Cassis, including part of the GR98, which heads out to the Calanque d'En-Vau and continues along the coast for a bit. The hiking here is along rocky seashores - watch your footing. Along some of the Calanques closer to Cassis (Port-Miou) the footing is slippery as the rock has been worn completely smooth by all the travellers. The views of the sea from along these cliffs are very beautiful. The internal flora/fauna is a bit deserty - very dry and hot here for much of the year. There are hardy pines which cling to the cliff sides, and which provide shade on some of the walks.

    Equipment: Plenty of sunscreen, a bit of bug repellent (or citronella) and lots and lots of water!

    Good maps/references are:

    IGN map of Calanques from Cassis to Marseille (1:15,000), The guide 'Randonnee pedestre dans les Calanques' (in French).

    The tourist office has maps for some shorter local hikes (ie 1-5 hour hikes) and are happy to point you in the right direction to get started.

    Note that if the mistral wind is blowing hard (more than 80km/hr) the trails are closed (I think they don't want people being blown off the ocean cliffs to their deaths!). Access is 'regulated' from 1st July - 2nd week of September - to avoid overcrowding in high tourist season.

    The entire Calanques and Cap Canaille area are natural protected sites. There are no rubbish bins, and no restaurants or water sources on the hikes. Be sure to pack out all your trash, no fires are allowed (too dry) and respect the environment (don't pick any vegetation etc.).

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    • Hiking and Walking

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