Cassis

Cassis is a city in Provence in southern France. Celebrated for its cliffs and calanques, it is also known for the Cassis wines (white, but also rosé) produced in the region.

Understand

Fountain at avenue Victor Hugo

"Qu'a vist Paris, se noun a vist Cassis, pou dire: n'ai rèn vist" ("One who has seen Paris and who has not seen Cassis can say: I saw nothing") — these words, spoken by Nobel-prize winning writer Federique Mistral in the local Provençal language, reflect the great attraction that Cassis exerts on all those who go there.

The little fishing port, tucked between two exceptional natural sites (the celebrated Calanques and the majestic Cap Canaille) offers a concentrated version of Provence and the Mediterranean. The magic begins to work on the little road that leads to the village, winding between vineyards and pine trees. Walk along charming back roads lined with the brightly coloured homes of fishermen. Cassis will be forever remembered by those who see its port, boats and welcoming terraces for the first time.

Get in

By train

By bus

There are some bus services to La Ciotat and Marseille.

By plane

The Marseille-Provence Airport is located 55 km from Cassis.

By car

Be warned that some of the roads around Cassis have many sharp bends.

Get around

By foot

You can walk pretty much everywhere, it is a very small town.

By bus

By taxi

Les Taxis Cassidains: are happy to take tourists on a route which exhibits the charms of the region: a visit to the Calanques, the village of Castellet, the vineyards of Cassis... For all enquiries phone: 04 42 01 78 96

See

Fountain at the Place Baragnon
Château de Cassis

Do

One of the beaches in Cassis
Take a boat trip to the beautiful Calanques from Cassis
Route des Crêtes from Cassis to La Ciotat

The beaches (remember your swimming costume). These can get very busy in the summer months though.

By far the biggest attraction in Cassis is the Calanques. They are very steep walled inlets and bays along the coast between Marseille and Cassis. You can visit them by boat, or you can hike from bay to bay.

Buy

There are plenty of souvenirs available, ranging from the tacky to the upmarket. Some of them can be quite expensive so do shop around.

Eat

The sea provides a variety of flavours: sardines, tuna, redfish, bass, cuttlefish, sea bream, conger, grey mullet, eel, red mullet, mussels, sea urchins, and squid. The earth provides vegetables coloured by the sun and cut when ripe, honey, herbs, olives...

The seafront is lined with seafood restaurants but they tend to have higher prices than the restaurants away from the waterfront.

Just like Marseille, Cassis is a good place to try bouillabaisse. It's an entire dining experience rather than just a dish. It starts with a thick fish soup and croutons covered in a special sauce, then is followed by a variety of fish and more of the soup. You usually need to book a day ahead because they need to get the right fish in for the meal.

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