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"He who has seen Paris and not Cassis has seen nothing," said Fréderic Mistral. Wouldn’t you want to visit this little fishing port in the Bouches-du-Rhône?

Around a dozen miles from Marseilles, this little town has the scent of Provence and the Mediterranean. With its vineyards and pine forests, the picturesque road leading to Cassis is charming. Walk around the town's little narrow streets, discovering the typically southern French small squares and colourful fisherman's houses. Head for the port, where the boats are moored, and wait for the sunset on one of the nearby terraces, sipping a drink.

Cassis is nestled between two major natural sites: Cap Canaille and the Calanques. At 394 metres, Cap Canaille is the highest cliff in France. The colourful limestone rock hangs over the Mediterranean Sea. By taking the Route des Crêtes between Cassis and La Ciotat you can admire the view from the belvederes.

The Calanques massif extends over 12 miles between Cassis and Marseilles. It is a protected natural site that can be explored on foot, for a stunning view over the turquoise waters of the Mediterranean. The Calanques can also be explored by sea: head for Cassis port and climb aboard a boat that will take you as close as you can get to the impressive limestone cliffs. You can even explore them at your own pace by kayak, to get an original perspective! In any case, the view and landscapes will leave you speechless and, as an added bonus, you can enjoy a swim in the turquoise waters to cool off.

In addition to its idyllic setting, Cassis is also renowned for its wine and food, which will delight any food-lover. Of course, the cuisine is heavily influenced by the Mediterranean, so you can enjoy sardines, tuna, scorpion fish, mussels, sea urchin and more. The land is also bountiful, with delicacies such as olives, fresh herbs, honey from the calanques and vegetables grown in the Provençal sunshine. A treat for the eyes and the taste buds, all washed down with a glass of white or red Cassis, the local appellation d’origine contrôlée wine.

Cassis's pleasant climate makes it a holiday destination all year round, though September is the perfect time to visit, as the temperature means you can swim all the time and the summer holidaymakers have left (the town is very popular with tourists in high season).

To get to Cassis, you can take the train to Marseilles, then take a bus or taxi to Cassis. The nearest airport is Marseille-Provence, around 35 miles away.

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Top hotels in Cassis

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Royal Cottage
Royal Cottage
3 out of 5
6 Avenue 11 Novembre, Cassis, Bouches-du-Rhone
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is £203 per night

Situated near the beach, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Cassis Harbour and Cassis Beach. Calanques National Park is 1.2 mi (2 km) away. Cassis Station ...

4.2/5Excellent! (205 reviews)
Cassis

"Great location. Balcony was spacious."…"

Reviewed on 1 Dec 2019

Royal Cottage
Hôtel Particulier Cassis
Hôtel Particulier Cassis
10 Avenue Augustin Isnard, Cassis
The price is £208 per night

Located in the heart of Cassis, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Cassis Harbour, Eglise St Michel and Cassis Beach. Calanque de Port Miou ...

5/5Exceptional! (5 reviews)
Self catering In Cassis

"An excellent stay in a newly refurbished building within 5 minutes walk of Cassis port."…"

Reviewed on 23 Sep 2019

Hôtel Particulier Cassis
The Originals Boutique, Hôtel Cassitel, Cassis Port
The Originals Boutique, Hôtel Cassitel, Cassis Port
2 out of 5
Place Clemenceau, Cassis, Bouches-du-Rhone
The price is £90 per night

Located in the heart of Cassis, this hotel is steps away from Cassis Harbour and Cassis Beach. Calanques National Park is 1.2 mi (2 km) away.

3.8/5Good! (284 reviews)

"Location is excellent and the staff was friendly and helpful. Rooms are nice and well-kept. Note: if you are driving, you must pay to park and it's a bit pricey, depending on the lot you choose."…"

Reviewed on 22 Sep 2019

The Originals Boutique, Hôtel Cassitel, Cassis Port

Popular places to visit in Cassis

Cassis Beach
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Cassis Beach

4.5/5(28 reviews)

Nothing says holiday like spending a lazy day at Cassis Beach, a popular beach in Cassis. While you're in the area, stroll along the waterfront.

Cassis Harbour
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Cassis Harbour

4.5/5(7 reviews)

Explore the waterfront in Cassis with a trip to Cassis Harbour. Stroll along the seaside or seek out the local tours.

Calanque de Port Miou
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Calanque de Port Miou

Explore the waterfront in Cassis with a trip to Calanque de Port Miou. Stroll along the beautiful beaches or seek out the local tours.

Plage de la Grande Mer
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Plage de la Grande Mer

Commune with nature and explore the great outdoors at Plage de la Grande Mer during your travels in Cassis. While you're in the area, stroll along the waterfront.

Le Bestouan
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Le Bestouan

Commune with nature and explore the great outdoors at Le Bestouan during your travels in Cassis. While you're in the area, stroll along the waterfront.

Plage du Bestouan
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Plage du Bestouan

Why not spend a lazy afternoon at Plage du Bestouan during your trip to Cassis? While you're in the area, stroll along the waterfront.

Top things to do in Cassis

Cassis & Bandol Wine Tasting Tour - 4h
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Cassis & Bandol Wine Tasting Tour - 4h

£449
Per adult
Cassis : cliffs and wines
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Cassis : cliffs and wines

£63
Per adult
Marseille, Aix-en-Provence & Cassis Full-Day Tour
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Marseille, Aix-en-Provence & Cassis Full-Day Tour

£117
Per adult
84% of travellers recommend
Cassis & Bandol Wine Tasting Tour - 8h
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Cassis & Bandol Wine Tasting Tour - 8h

£628
Per adult
Half-Day Tour of Cassis
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Half-Day Tour of Cassis

£58
Per adult
80% of travellers recommend
Mediterranean Villigages Tour from Marseille Cruise Port or Hotel by Luxury Van
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Mediterranean Villigages Tour from Marseille Cruise Port or Hotel by Luxury Van

£110
Per adult

Reviews of Cassis

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16 Sep 2019

Very steep streets and quite a hike to the rail station. Good provincial market on Wednesday and Friday mornings

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

9 Aug 2019

Great town. Picturesque harbour and two beaches, one pebbly, one sandy. Lots of places to eat, shop and walk.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

27 May 2019

Cassis is so charming. There are lots of cute shops, and great places to eat (tons of great ice cream!). It's easy to walk everywhere, including some hikes on the national park nearby. I woukd definitely go back!

Cities near Cassis

Vieux Port showing a marina and boating

Marseille