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- "Qui a vist Paris se noun a vist Cassis, a ren vist" (He who has seen Paris and not Cassis has seen nothing). Even if this saying by Frédéric Mistral may seem exaggerated, it nevertheless reflects the interest of this little seaside resort nestling at the foot of the impressive Cape Canaille cliffs. A former Roman trading post, Cassis is very charming, with its quays lined by cafés and restaurants, its jagged coves, its natural beaches and its old town. There is a very special walk on... Read more "Qui a vist Paris se noun a vist Cassis, a ren vist" (He who has seen Paris and not Cassis has seen nothing). Even if this saying by Frédéric Mistral may seem exaggerated, it nevertheless reflects the interest of this little seaside resort nestling at the foot of the impressive Cape Canaille cliffs. A former Roman trading post, Cassis is very charming, with its quays lined by cafés and restaurants, its jagged coves, its natural beaches and its old town. There is a very special walk on the Promenade des Lombards. At the top end of this royal path, which links Grande Mer beach to Courton Bay, the view is unique. The walk is full of surprises, starting with the (private) castle: built in the 13th century by Hugues des Baux and remarkably restored, it stands in the middle of an immense garden planted with rare trees. Other places of interest are: the Hotel de Ville (Town Hall) - a former 17th century mansion on a shaded square where Cassis people love to "take the air" and play bowls on summer evenings - and the Musée dArts & Traditions Populaires (Folk Museum). Many visitors come to see the calanques, stroll around the harbour, savour the fish and shell-fish, and taste the areas excellent wines. Cassis AOC produces a reputed white wine with a very special flavour. It is one of Frances oldest AOCs (guaranteed vintages). The vineyards are on terraced slopes overlooking the sea. The calanques of Cassis and Marseille can be visited on foot or by boat. Port-Miou is a former quarry, 1 km long. It shelters a small harbour. Port-Pin has a nice small, shaded beach. En-Vau is the most remarkable, with its cliffs and its needle rocks it is well-known for its climbing routes and crystal-clear waters. Accessible for disabled Show less
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Visit Cassis (Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, France)
Cassis is a small fishing port and town on the Cote d'Azur east of Marseille . The principal appeal of Cassis is its picture postcard harbour, and the very impressive position in which it is located with tree-dotted cliffs rising on both sides of the town, and equally to the access it provides to stunning local attractions. The town falls within the boundaries of the recently created Calanques National Park.
The local wines from Cassis, especially the white wines, are also very highly regarded. It is of course produced from the many vineyards you can see around the town!
France This Way review: the very lovely harbour area in Cassis, as well as the beach next to the town centre and the proximity to the calanques de Marseille, ensure it is one of our favourite resorts on the Cote d'Azur and we highly recommend you visit
Unfortunately parking is mostly difficult and/or expensive in Cassis. The Viguerie and Mimosas car parks is the closest to the town centre but the others are significantly less expensive, which is especially important if your hotel has no parking and your car will be here a number of days. The Gorguettes parking is free (except winter) and carries passengers to the town centre on a shuttle bus.
Your visit will undoubtedly start with a walk around the waterfront in Cassis. The harbour is filled with boats and lined with attractive traditional pastel painted buildings and plenty of bars and restaurants and you could easily spend an afternoon just strolling around the harbour and enjoying a coffee break or lunch.
You can visit Cassis tourist office on the southern side of the harbour for information about the town, local sightseeing and events, and the ticket office for boat trips to the calanques is also near the tourist office. Walk further along this side of the harbour as far as the Statue of Calendal for the best views across the water to the colourful houses.
As well as strolling around the harbour you should also explore the streets in the town and up the hill behind the seafront, where highlights include the Church of Notre-Dame de-Bon-Voyage (19th century), the 17th century Town Hall, and some impressive town houses such as the Villa l'Ariane which now houses the town library.
Although the fishing village has medieval origins most buildings in the town date from the 17th and 18th century when a large part of Cassis was rebuilt.
You will also notice several traditional Provencal stone fountains, two or three small chapels and some small oratories as you explore: individually not particularly exciting perhaps but together they all contribute to the charm of the village. There is also a small museum in Cassis dedicated to the history of the town and region.
You can walk up the hill to the south-east to see the substantial remains of the medieval castle, the Chateau des Baux, built in the 14th century, and for a nice view across the town and along the coast although the castle itself is not open to the public (it is now a hotel). The Villa Mauresque next to the castle is one of the most impressive in Cassis.
If you want a relaxing introduction to the town as well as the Port-Miou peninsula without walking too far in the heat there is a tourist train that costs eight euros and takes 40 minutes and leaves from the sothern side of the harbour and is a good introduction to Cassis that also includes a photo stop at the calanque of Port-Miou: this is good value for money since it will take you a long time to walk here on a hot day!
Beaches in Cassis
There is a sunny beach in the centre of Cassis called the Plage de la Grande Mer, with the cliffs as a perfect backdrop. This main beach is a mix of sand and pebbles, while the other small beaches close to the town are rockier and also quieter: these include the plage du Bestouan at the base of Cape Canaille and the two small beaches at Anse de l'Arène and Anse du Corton.
This attractive combination of town, beach and surrounding scenery has long attracted artists here, with famous 20th century artists including Georges Braque, André Derain and Raoul Dufy among those who spent time here.
Note: an important festival dedicated to fishers is held here on the last weekend of June each year, when the port area becomes very lively.
Attractions and activities
Apart from exploring Cassis itself, be sure to find time for a couple of trips out from the town to the protected natural sites to either side of the port. The Route des Cretes is a dramatic road that follows the clifftops to the south-east towards the harbour town at La Ciotat and is an unmissable excursion with great views out to the sea and along the headland of Cap Canaille, the highest coastal cliffs in France. The road is also a popular cycle route along the coast.
To the west of Cassis are the Calanques of Marseille - cliffs that plunge dramatically into the turquoise sea below - these are also unmissable! Best seen by boat-trip leaving from Cassis harbour (one of our favourite trips along the Mediterranean coast). The first calanque to the south-west of Cassis contains the pleasure port of Port Miou.
There are also footpaths that permit access and alternative viewpoints of the calanques. These are equally picturesque but vary a lot in how difficult they are and when they are open to the public (the paths are often closed in summer because of fire risk and in high winds because of the danger) so you should ask in the tourist office for up to date information. The most popular trail goes to the Calanque d'En Vau via the Calanque de Port Pin, about 1 hour 30 minutes from the centre of Cassis.
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Address: Cassis, Ciotat, Marseille, Provence, 13260, France || GPS coordinates: latitude 43.2167, longitude 5.53889
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- Cap Canaille: site of natural beauty
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In the department of the Bouches du Rhône, a few kilometres from Marseille , Cassis inevitably evokes a colourful fishing port, the rocky inlets of the calanques and the poet Frédéric Mistral. His famous quote. "One may have seen Paris, but if one hasn't seen Cassis, one hasn't seen anything" – Qu'a vist Paris, se noun a vist Cassis, a ren vist" – is not just typical Provençal exaggeration... Cassis is also one of France's outstanding wine-growing areas. One of the first three French wine regions to be classed as an AOC by decree on May 15, 1936, twelve wine estates produce 1,000,000 bottles per year from the 200 hectares of precious vineyards that tumble down the terraced slopes of the hills. All three colours are offered but the majority of the production is white wines. The caliber of its entire landscape is exceptional: Cassis is built like an amphitheatre by the sea between Cap Canaille and the rocky inlets of the Calanques. “A mineral gem in a green setting mounted on the blue water of the Mediterranean”. The ochre colour of the impressive cliffs of Cap Canaille, the highest in France (363 metres at Cap Canaille, 399 metres at the Grande Tête), contrast with the white of the mountains of the Calanques. These two listed natural sites count amongst the most beautiful on the Mediterranean Sea. The light of Provence particularly inspired the Fauvist artists such as Derain ("Une pinède à Cassis-1907), Vlaminck, Matisse, Dufy and the pointillist Signac ("Bay of Cassis, Cap Canaille"-1889)… The Mediterranean Museum of Art and Popular Traditions in Cassis, laid out in a former rectory from the early 18th century, houses a beautiful collection of works by 19th and 20th century Provençal painters: Ponson, Crémieux, Guindon, Seyssaud… all seduced by the light and the enchanting setting.
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The historic core of Cassis has an original identity and character that you can fathom in each quarter: the port, the fishermen's quarter with its warren of alleyways and stairs, the bourgeois quarter and its beautiful 16th and 17th century houses. Have a stroll around to discover the many buildings and architectural details. The Château of Cassis (or Castrum de Carsisis) It is believed to have been built in the Middle Ages and belonged to the Baux family in 1381. Rectilinear ramparts with square towers mark out the area of a 4850m2 fortified city. It dominates the town, “set” on top of a cliff of blue marl dating from the Cretaceous, a quite interesting geological site. It is today privately owned and run as a luxury bed and breakfast. The Town Hall A superb 17th century private mansion built around 1625 by Désiré de Moustiers, former consul from Marseille, with a courtyard paved in pebbles, a grand siècle stairway, the main salon with period fireplace and medieval vestiges below ground level that can bee seen through the glass slabs in the foyer. The "Maison de Cassis" Former rectory from the early 18th century, it houses the Mediterranean Museum of Art and Popular Traditions. The Mascarons Houses Typical of homes from the 18th century, it obeys the rule of three (3 storeys, 3 windows) and has a wrought-iron transom. The church It is in fact the third church of Cassis... built between 1859 and 1867 and devoted to Notre Dame de l’Assomption, Saint-Roch and Saint-Michel. It is in a neo-Romanesque style with three naves, built mostly with stone from Cassis. The statue of Calendal Calendal, an anchovy fisherman from Cassis and the eponymous hero of the poem by Frédéric Mistral, is again honoured since the reinstallation in 2000 of his statue made of Cassis stone, a sculpted work by Jean-Loup Bouvier based on the 1930 model by Cornu. The Calanques of Cassis Created in 2012, the National Park of the Calanques covers more than 150,000 hectares. The heart of the park stretches out between the cities of Marseille, Cassis and La Ciotat. The Cap Canaille and the Crest Route Along a small portion of the coast between Cassis and La Ciotat, the Canaille mountain looms over the sea with its impressive cliffs, some of the highest in Europe: 362 metres at Cap Canaille, 399 metres at the Grande Tête. The shores and beaches of Cassis 11 kilometres of coast with 800 metres of beaches (lifeguard monitored beaches: the Grande Mer, the Bestouan).
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