Delightful small port, Cassis benefits from an exceptional environment by being situated inbetween the Canaille cape cliff and the famous creeks. It is a really charming place to stay in the summer with its narrow streets and squares, its houses with colourful facades, its quaysides, its lively cafe terraces and its beautiful beaches.
Numerous boats in the Cassis port offer various tours on the sea, in particular to visit the creeks.
Located in Bouches-du-Rhône, in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region, the commune of Cassis is one of the most popular tourist sites in this part of southern France. It takes place on the coasts of the Mediterranean Sea, only fifteen kilometers from Marseille.
Populated since 600 BC, Cassis was already a village of importance in the Gallo-Roman era. Attached to the County of Provence in the 15th century, the Mediterranean city developed mainly during the 18th century, especially around its port. The economic activities are diversified, and Cassis becomes world famous for its olive oil, its wines, its stone or its work of the coral.
Today, the Provençal city is mainly orientated towards tourism, through its exceptional natural heritage and its many monuments to discover during a stay on site. Lovers of gastronomy will be seduced by the local specialties, and more particularly by the wine of Cassis. Enjoying an AOC, they are available in white or rosé to accompany aperitifs on the terrace.
The calanques, which Cassis shares with Marseille, are surely the most beautiful tourist site of the commune. They stretch over twenty kilometers on the shores of the Mediterranean Sea, and have been classified in National Park for several years. Accessible in height on the ground to admire the sea view, they can also be enjoyed by the sea, with boat trips organized by many tourism specialists of the region. Hiking is possible, the site is notably crossed by the GR 51 which crosses the creeks from east to west. For the more athletic, climbing sites have also been developed. You will find several coves all along the site to bathe in peace. Note that some beaches are reserved for naturists.
As you walk through Cassis, you will enjoy the charm of the Notre-Dame-du-Bon-Voyage chapel, as well as the marina. A popular place for locals and tourists alike, it is an opportunity to enjoy the view of the sea, while enjoying an aperitif on a sunny terrace. A castle, medieval vestige, is also present on the commune. A commonplace oven can also be visited at certain times of the year.
If you want to learn more about the history of the city and its surroundings, head to the Museum of Art and Popular Traditions. You will discover thematic collections on archeology, fine arts and ethnography. Conferences and exhibitions are regularly organized.
Very beautiful mansion of the early seventeenth century, the town hall of Cassis does not lack charm and deserves to be admired. Very lively, the casino Cassis is the opportunity to practice slot machines and to discover quality entertainment.
The beaches are numerous in Cassis and in its surroundings. Do not forget to take advantage of Corton, Grande Mer, Anse de l'Arène or Bestouan. Very present, the vineyard is the occasion to do some hikes around Cassis, or to discover the best wines of the region by visiting the various cellars present on site.
The market is held on Wednesdays and Fridays morning, while the fish market is open every morning except on weekends.
In early September, the potters market is an opportunity to admire the work of local artisans. Twenty potters expose under the plane trees of the place Baragnon (in front of the town hall). All techniques are represented: glazed earthenware, sandstone, porcelain, raku, smoky earth, faience. Utility and decorative parts, jewelry, sculpture...
Between April and May, Cassis puts the book in the spotlight during its festival Printemps du Livre.
Every last weekend of June, the festival of fishermen and the sea settles in Cassis. We can attend a blessing of St. Peter at St. Michael's Church, or enjoy various animations facing the sea.
In August, the Vagabond Nights offer different cultural shows in the city.
The Cassis Wine Festival and Harvest is held every year in September. Are proposed, traditional dances, a great cavalcade, parades of teams and folk groups, or wine tastings of Cassis AOC.
The Laughter Festival features various comedy shows in November.
Christmas is a real event at Cassis, with the organization of various events focused on the Provençal tradition. It starts with the Sainte-Barbe and its market, then the city offers a Christmas concert, crèches in different places, a midnight mass, and finally the pastoral Mauret interpreted each year to trace the story of the Nativity.