Terraced vineyards descend down into the port of Cassis, a town that is unbearably charming. If the sweetness of the lush vines didn’t catch your sense, then the sea breeze surely will. Known for it’s local wine, fresh seafood, and rock beaches, Cassis is one of those not-to-miss places in Provence.

The time passes slow in a good way. Despite the bustling village filled with merchants and cafes, Cassis has this natural beauty to it. Around the corner, for those looking to get a taste of adventure, the Calanques await for perfect afternoon dip. Turquoise waters and steep cliffs are enticing enough to make the journey by foot to cool off in the Mediterranean waters.

Pack a good pair of shoes, a towel, and a local bottle of white wine, and you’re set for a perfect day on the coast.

The Ultimate Guide to Cassis, France

What to Know Before Visiting Cassis, France

  • Driving here is easy, as there are numerous parking lots in the town. Be sure to arrive early as they can fill up by the afternoon.
  • Once in town, the village is walkable and there is plenty to do.
  • For those wanting to visit the Calanques, be sure to have good walking shoes and plenty of water as the first one is an hour and half round trip. It’s advised to go earlier in the day to avoid the heat. For those not wanting to hike to the Calanques, boat tours provide another opportunity to see them (some even allow for swimming.)

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Where to Eat in Cassis, France

  • La Villa Madie: A fine dining experience with prefix menus. The location is hard to beat, right along the ocean, perfect for sunset.
  • Restaurant Angelina: A local favorite for high end Mediterranean.
  • Le Patio: Local cuisine set on a charming terrace.
  • L’Oustau de la Mar: Fresh seafood and Provencal cuisine makes this port restaurant a favorite.

What to Do in Cassis, France

  • Explore the port by foot.
  • Take a boat tour of the Calanques. Head to the main window left of the port to book tickets. We did 8 Calanques, but felt it was too long and the 5 would have been better.
  • Go for a long hike to the Calanques and hang at the beach for the afternoon.
  • Take a drive down the coast and be sure to stop at Cap Canaille for one of the best views.
  • Hit the local beaches at Plage de l’Arene, Plage du Corton, or Le Bestouan.

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  1. This sound lovely. WE are planning a trip to Paris 2/3 days and then heading down to Provence. I think I will add Cassis to my itinerary. Where would you recommend staying and how many days would ou allow to enjoy this adorable beach side town. We have 12 days total. not very long to see everything I want but I think this breaks up some of Provence and provides a different glimpse to this region. Thank you for any feedback you could provide. Lisa

    • Jessica Wright Reply

      I think one full day is plenty for Cassis unless you want to spend a half day exploring the Calanques, making it 1-2 days. I’d stay in the town of Cassis.

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