A small town in the south of France, Cassis is an absolute stunner. This Mediterranean fishing port is only a short distance from Marseilles and is a paradise for someone looking to unwind amidst its beautiful promenades and pebbly beaches. The pastel-coloured buildings, limestone cliffs and deep blue waters make Cassis as dreamy as a painting. Panoramic sea views greet you from everywhere in Cassis. The local vineyards are famous for producing white wine.
Popular Sights and Attraction
While Cassis is a blissful getaway if all you want to do is swim and sip on wine, it also has a lot of tourist attractions. You can choose to walk around the picturesque narrow streets or visit these sights.
Calanque de Port-Miou
This is one of the three big Cassis calanques in the Calanque National Park. Because it is long and narrow it was the perfect place to set up a Marina. It’s a great place to go for long strolls or even hiking.
Cassis’s favourite treasure, Cap Canaille is a stunning cliff that is perched over the Mediterranean Sea. It is incidentally the highest sea cliff in France standing at 362 metres above the sea. It offers a panoramic view of the town and is ideal for day hikes.
Corniche des Crêtes
Drive through this gorgeous narrow coastal road that winds all the way from Cassis to La Ciotat along the Mediterranean shore. The road was opened to traffic in 1969 and it leads along the Falaises up to Cap Canaille.
Swim in the clear blue waters of Bestouan beach that has a bar right next to. It sees a lot of tourists and can sometimes get a little busy.
Cassis has a lot of independent stores and boutiques that sell a variety of things. Prices can get a little high, but you’ll get quality stuff! There are thrift stores, souvenir shops and retails stores as well.
Where to Stay in Cassis
Cassis has beautiful Airbnbs to offer, try and find places close to the port. You’ll be much closer to restaurants, shopping destinations and the beach. There are a few inns available as well. Upscale 5-star hotels like Les Roches Blanches offer you luxurious accommodation. Other affordable options include Le Golfe, Le Joli Bois (which is a family hotel) and France Maguy.
Getting to Cassis And Travelling Within
Cassis is only a 30-minute train ride from Marseille’s train station, Gare de Marseille-Saint-Charles. So, heading to Marseilles first (from whichever part of France you’re already in) and then to Cassis is the most convenient option. Within the town, there are cabs available to help you shuttle between the shops, the sights and your hotel. The locals are extremely jovial and might even offer you a lift!
Best Time To Visit Cassis
Peak tourist time in Cassis is between May to September, the reason for this being the warm, sunny weather. It’s a great time to head to the beach and soak up some sunshine! Also, in September Les Vendages Etoiles takes place. This is a terrific gourmet food and wine festival that celebrates the grape harvest. Winter is between November and February when the weather is mild with some rainfall.