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Cassis
Travel Guide

Cassis showing a beach and swimming as well as a large group of people

Experience a quieter, less-developed side of the Côte d'Azur in this old-world fishing village, which offers a variety of coastal sightseeing and activities.

With an attractive harbor and candy-colored seafront cottages, the fishing village of Cassis is a charming sight to behold. Use the dreamy village as a base for exploring the incredible stretch of adjacent coast, famous for its breathtaking calanques, which are inlets and coves surrounded by vertical limestone cliffs.

The territory around Cassis has been inhabited since prehistoric times. Evidence of these early inhabitants survives in the Cosquer Cave, where cave paintings are believed to date back as far as 27000 B.C. The cave is located just 14.7 miles (23.7 kilometers) from Cassis; however, it is mostly submerged and remains off-limits to the public.

Take a leisurely 30-minute hike to Calanque Port-Miou, the most easterly of the calanques, and the closest to the town of Cassis. Or, embark on a challenging 4-hour round-trip hike to the more remote and very beautiful Calanque d’En Vau. For a less strenuous choice, take a boat trip instead, with vessels leaving from Cassis harbor.

Visitors hunting for the best scenery should rent a car and cruise on the magnificent Route des Crêtes. The route extends east from Cassis. Plunging cliffs and sublime sea views make it one of the world’s most scenic coastal drives.

For beach relaxation, try the Plage de la Grande Mer, located at the end of the town harbor, or take a short walk west of town to the pretty, pebbled Blue-Flag stretch of Plage du Bestouan.

Back in the village, head to one of the local restaurants and bars to taste the region’s prestigious white wines and sample bouillabaisse, a traditional French fish stew. On Wednesday and Friday morning, local delicacies can be picked up at the Cassis market on Place Baragnon.

Cassis is about a 30-minute drive from Marseille. During July and August, hiking trails to the calanques are occasionally closed due to risk of forest fires.

The best time to visit Cassis is during early or late summer, when pleasant weather and few crowds ensure you can enjoy its gorgeous coast.

Royal Cottage
Royal Cottage
3 out of 5
6 Avenue 11 Novembre, Cassis, Bouches-du-Rhone
The price is AU$330 per night from 16 May to 16 May
Situated near the beach, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Massif des Calanques and Cassis Beach. Calanques National Park is 1.2 mi (2 km) away. Cassis ...
4.2/5Excellent! (214 reviews)
Clean hotel near Cassis harbor
"Nice hotel in walking distance to Cassis harbor with free parking which is scarce there. The room was clean but the bathroom was basic and needs a make over, it's old and you shower in an old bathtub."

Reviewed on 12 Oct. 2020

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Best Western Hotel La Rade
Best Western Hotel La Rade
3 out of 5
1 Avenue Des Dardanelles, Route Des Calanques, Cassis, Bouches-du-Rhone
The price is AU$208 per night from 16 May to 16 May
Located in the heart of Cassis, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Massif des Calanques and Cassis Beach. Calanques National Park is 1.6 mi (2.6 km) ...
4/5Very Good! (262 reviews)
"Ok hotel unfortunstely black mold in"

Reviewed on 29 Oct. 2020

Best Western Hotel La Rade
Hôtel Particulier Cassis
Hôtel Particulier Cassis
10 Avenue Augustin Isnard, Cassis
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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 ...
4.8/5Exceptional! (26 reviews)
Reconquete
"Mon sejour m a régénéré après plusieurs difficultés personnelles le cadre m a apaisé et m a permis de repartir rassure avec ma compagne"

Reviewed on 1 Feb. 2021

Hôtel Particulier Cassis
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Appartements Hélios
Appartements Hélios
Nestled on the beach, this Six-Fours-les-Plages apartment building is within 3 mi (5 km) of Charmettes Beach, Cros Beach and Plage du Mont-Salva. Coudoulière ...
4.2/5Very Good! (6 reviews)
Idéal en famille
"Au calme dans un bel appartement aux chambres climatisées toutes équipées de leurs propres sdb. On a adoré notre séjour dans cette petite île."

Reviewed on 21 Aug. 2016

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Résidence Lagrange Vacances Les Terrasses des Embiez
Résidence Lagrange Vacances Les Terrasses des Embiez
4 out of 5
Located in Le Brusc, this spa residence is within a 15-minute walk of Charmettes Beach and Cros Beach. Plage du Mont-Salva and Coudoulière Beach are also within ...
3.9/5Good! (96 reviews)
"Our stay was great, the staff were amazing and so helpful, even with the language barrier. The only thing that would have made it better is a ceiling fan or stand alone fan. We were there at the end of September and it was quite warm. I cannot imagine staying in the middle of summer when it is hot, ..."

Reviewed on 14 Oct. 2019

Résidence Lagrange Vacances Les Terrasses des Embiez
Gite La Casella
Gite La Casella
The price is AU$259 per night from 25 May to 25 May
Situated in the mountains, this holiday home is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Sainte-Baume Regional Natural Park and within 12 miles (20 km) of Sainte-Baume and Golf ...
5/5Exceptional! (2 reviews)
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"Très bon séjour, hôte très réactif, logement magnifique, emplacement magnifique, rien à dire de négatif, nous reviendrons avec plaisir !"

Reviewed on 12 Apr. 2021

Gite La Casella
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