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Cassis is all approximately 32 miles SE of AIX, almost midway to Toulon, and both of them are in the area known as Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur, and a region of a town known as Bouches-du-Rhone. Cassis is around the southern coast of France, just off the east of Marseilles. This is an absolutely gorgeous and naturally beautiful town, enclosed within two attractive sites, including the Calanques and also the Cap Canaille Mountain, the greatest ocean-high cliff in the continent. 
 
Cassis would be an attractive and scenic town and worth the effort to visit there. Whether it were not for that ever present crowds it might be just like a step in time. It is neat and just loaded with interesting restaurants, bakeries and chocolate shops just awaiting you to test their wares. It's around the Bay of Cassis, quite compact in area, and snuggled up to the shoreline type of the Bay. It made an appearance to all of us that just about every sq . inch of space is adopted by a few type of a store, Patisserie or restaurant.
 
The traditional fishing port is small however the harbor can hold luxury yachts and tourist motorboats. In the port, site visitors can explore the city with a passenger bus. The Marseille Toulon Hyeres company trainline also serves the city. Cassis is better visited throughout summer season. Wines from Cassis really are a luxury for most of us all over the world.
 
Where You're Dock
Port Location - The port is located in downtown Cassis. The harbor in Cassis is the most beautiful feature of this ancient fishing port. In the harbor you’ll board a boat for a 45-minute cruise along the coast to see 3 different calanques, which are steep-walled coves with tiny harbors or hidden beaches.
 
Places To See
Fine, sandy beaches are located outdoors the main harbour the Corton Beach and also the beach at Arene. Around the western part of the port would be the Beach at Bestouan and also the beach Bleue. Backward and forward beaches is really a nudist beach that's well-liked by vacationers.
This is Southern France and the pace is slow, so a good portion of your time in Cassis may be spent just relaxing and taking in the spectacular and dramatic views.  Enjoy the beaches and sidewalk cafes; take a stroll through the market or farther inland through the vineyards.  Or, if you prefer something more adventurous, hike the trails or try a few water sports.  For such a small town, Cassis offers quite a few things to keep visitors entertained. Here’s our break down of things to do and sights to see in Cassis.
 
Les Plages –  Cassis has a few slivers of beach (about 6 in all), perfect for swimming, relaxing, soaking up the sun, people watching and just enjoying the magnificent coastal views of blue sea, Cap Canaille and Chateau de Cassis, the medieval castle turned luxury hotel. We recommend two beaches with the easiest access: Plage de la Grande Mer, the main beach at the center of town near the harbor which is most popular, and Plage de Bestouan, a short walk from town along Avenue l’Amiral Ganteaume, for a smaller and more pebbled, though at times less crowded option.
 
Les Calanques –  Dotting the coast between Cassis and Marseille are les calanques, a series of coves, nestled between the towering cliffs. Boat excursions are a great way to see the beauty of these inlets.  If you’re lucky, one of the crewmembers on board may point out to you the climbers scaling the face of the cliffs. Boats depart from the main harbor and there are a number of cruise options available.  Choose a 3, 5, 8 or 9 calanque cruise (duration from 45-minutes to 2 hours in length).
 
Touring les Calanques - We chose the shorter of the cruises, which took us into 3 of the calanques closest to Cassis (Port-Miou, Port Pin and En-Vau).
 
Place Baragnon – This is the town square, next to City Hall, where the locals enjoy the shade of the plane trees and hold their open-air markets.  We happened by on a Friday when the weekly market was in full swing.  Held twice per week (Wednesdays and Fridays) from 8:00 am – 1:30 pm, the market in Place Baragnon features some 40 merchants offering all sorts of items:  meats, fish, vegetables, fruits (Gayla really enjoyed the fresh figs), baked goods, flowers, clothing and more.
 
On a separate occasion we stumbled upon an artists’ market which also included a free art exhibit in les Salles voûtées, the vaulted halls in the courtyard of City Hall.   In the adjacent Place Baragnon, local artisans and potters displayed various handcrafted items for purchase.  We saw lots of beautiful pottery, jewelry and candles.
 
For a taste of Italy, visit the Italian Market, held each year in Place Baragnon during the first week of November.
 
Musée du Cassis – The Municipal Museum is housed in an 18th century rectory in Place Baragnon.  The museum’s permanent collection includes archaeological artifacts including items discovered from the Celto-Ligurian, Etruscan, and Roman periods, cultural exhibits representing local Cassidain and Provençal folklore and traditions, as well as a number of fine art paintings and portraits.  Minimal admission fee; Open Wednesday – Saturday.
 
Pétanque – Spend some time in Square Gilbert Savon,  near the harbor (behind the ticket office for the calanque boat tours) watching the locals (mostly men) playing the popular Provençal sport Pétanque, also called boules (a form of lawn bowling)
 
Hike or drive Cap Canaille
With stunning views of the Gulf of Cassis, olive trees, calanques, and Cassis's vineyards, this 7.5-mile (one way) walk on the largest seaside cliffs in France is definitely worth your time. There's also a nine-mile drive along the peaks with plenty of turnouts so you can stop and take pictures.
 
Take a walk in the harbor
There's no better way to live la vie Française than enjoying a slow, leisurely walk, south-of-France style. Take photos of the boats and the pastel-painted buildings. Start with dessert and finish with dinner: indulge in a gelato or Grand Marnier crêpe, then take one turn off the Quai to Rue Pasteur and enjoy a pizza at La Fringalle.
 
Experince the Calanques
Cassis is known for its small coves lined with steep, dramatic walls of white limestone. You can experience them in a number of ways—by boat, on foot, by kayak, or on a climb. We recommend starting with a boat trip to get oriented. Walk down to the harbor and you'll find a number of tours that will take you to them, and most of them offer roughly the same deals: see three calanques (45 minutes, 15€), five (65 minutes, 18€), or eight (90 minutes, 21€).
 
Once you have the lay of the land, try hiking the calanques for a different perspective. It's a four to six-hour trip if you do Port-Miou, Port-Pin, and En-Vau, the farthest and most famous of the calanques. Or you can take a short hike to the first calanque, Port-Miou, and enjoy a picnic then a jump from the calanque into the water.
 
Insider tip: the hiking trails are usually closed in June and July due to risk of fire, so plan accordingly.
 
Wineries
Whitened limestone coves line the harbor which is among the most captured pics of areas in Cassis. You are able to have a walking tour across the creek of Port Pin and revel in a awesome dip or sunbathe alongside a pool across the shoreline. Should you go to the town throughout summer season, you are able to avoid the warmth by joining boat tours towards the calanques. Hiking and mountain climbing will also be provided to vacationers in Cassis.
 
Bars and restaurants
The Cassis harbor has restaurants and café balconies. The La Pailotte close to the Barthelemy Quay offer excellent dishes at reasonable prices. The Rental property Madie is another favorite among vacationers if this involves gourmet French food. Sea food dishes are offered in the Le Bonaparte. Terrace dining for individuals who would like to possess a look at the ocean while dining can be found at M.Brun.
 
The L'ensemble des Branches Hotel offers breakfast made from fruits and homemade pastries.
 
Red-colored and whitened wines which are in your area created in the region are offered by most restaurants. Frozen treats stalls abound around.
 
If put forth Marseille, you can test their bouillabaisse, a local seafood soup dish in the area. If you would like it fast, you can find two special pizza types in the Turbo Pizza. Tunisian cuisine is offered by a few restaurants.
 
Eat at Bouillabaisse and sample cassis's famed white wines. If you've made it all the way to Cassis, it would be a shame to leave without trying bouillabaisse, the dish it's known for. The preparation and serving of bouillabaisse is very specific and is even outlined in something called The Marseilles Bouillabaisse Charter. (They take it pretty seriously.) To start with, it must be served with at least four of six designated fish and the fish must be cut up in front of you. Locals recommend Chez Gilbert on Quai Baux on the harbor, which serves bouillabaisse according to the charter for 45€. Sip on a glass of AOC Cassis wine; we liked Domaine du Paternel and La Ferme Blanche.
 
Your Cassis experience ought to be completed having a toast of the searched for-after whitened wine.Cassis is all about 32 miles SE of AIX, nearly mid-long ago to Toulon, and both of them are in the area known as Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur, and a part of a place known as Bouches-du-Rhone. Cassis is around the southern coast of France, just east of Marseilles. It's within the Bandol wine region and is known for its whitened and rose wines, most of which we attempted in the end have there been. This is an absolutely gorgeous town, hidden among two notable sites, the Calanques and also the Cap Canaille Mountain, the greatest ocean-high cliff in Europe. The very best I'm able to describe exactly what a "Calanque" is is this is an inlet or perhaps a bay from the Mediterranean between the neighborhood chalk-whitened coves.
 
Cassis would be a attractive and scenic town and worth the effort to visit there. Whether it were not for that ever present crowds it might be just like a step in time. Very neat and just loaded with interesting restaurants, bakeries and chocolate shops just awaiting you to test their wares. It's around the Bay of Cassis, quite compact in area, and snuggled up to the shoreline type of the Bay. It made an appearance to all of us that just about every sq . inch of space is adopted by a few type of a store, Patisserie or restaurant.
 
The traditional fishing port is small however the harbor can hold luxury yachts and tourist motorboats. In the port, site visitors can explore the city with a passenger bus. The Marseille Toulon Hyeres company trainline also serves the city. Cassis is better visited throughout summer season. Wines from Cassis really are a luxury for most of us all over the world.
 
Shopping
Most shops in Cassis are small stores selling local crafts. Unique works of art will also be offered within an outside memorial and artist’s market. Your shopping indulgence in Cassis may also be satisfied in nearby Marseilles. You can purchase souvenirs and gifts in the Place Aux Huiles, a household-possessed gift shop selling in your area-made oils and bath items. The l’Heure Verte offers wine tasting to vacationers and discount rates for individuals who buy their regional wines.
 
The Torrefaction Centrale Café serves heavenly coffee blends that both local people and vacationers like. You may also visit at Leopold’s, renowned for their tea and pastries.Shop for local treats at the wednesday-Friday Market Any trip to a French village or town should always include a stop at the local market. Cassis's market happens every Wednesday and Friday morning, from 8 am to 1 pm, on Place Baragnon.
Insider's Tip: Keep an eye out for south-of-France-only sweet treats, like navettes, nougat, calissons, almonds, and candied fruit.




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