When I think about summer, my mind immediately goes to Europe, like enjoying these top things to do in Cassis, France. There is so much to do in the south of France, from hiking the les calanques de Cassis to taking boat trips around the coast of France. It’s truly a special place and after visiting a year or so ago, I already am planning my next adventure back.
In Cassis, France, weather seems to be no issue especially in the summer. The sun never seems to hide and that Mediterranean breeze cools off perfectly. If you’re looking on where to stay in Cassis and some of the best restaurants in Cassis, check out this guide I wrote when I was there last. When it comes to how to spend your time in Cassis, the options are endless.
Top Things to Do in Cassis, France
Take a boat trip from Cassis to the calanques.
Certainly this one of the top things to do in Cassis, France and what drew me in from the beginning. The towering limestone formations hide these incredible beaches that are only accessible by foot or boat. You can take a boat trip from Cassis to visit and see the formations by sea. It’s a great afternoon activity to do in Cassis and you can choose how many hours you want to go. I’d recommend the morning for when the water is calmest and get there before the lines.
Explore the port of Cassis by foot.
One great way to enjoy the coastal town is by exploring it by foot. There is plenty to see from boutiques to cafes, so you can easily get a few hours in just doing this. Of course, ice cream will be in order to cool off.
Hike out to the Calanques de Cassis.
If you don’t opt to do a boat trip, you can access the calanques by hiking there. Many people show up unprepared for the journey so it is good to know you’ll need a few hours time, water, and proper shoes to access the calanques. This is a great guide by Culture Trip.
Enjoy the local beaches of Cassis.
I loved exploring the many beaches of Cassis! These are your typical European style beaches, where instead of sand it is rocky. The water was ever so warm and a great way to spend a few hours in the late afternoon. My favorites were Plage de l’Arene, Plage du Corton, and Le Bestouan.
Get the best view of Cassis from Cap Canaille.
Don’t look any further than Cap Canaille for the best views of Cassis and the coastline. I’d head up there for sunset and soak in one of the prettiest views I’ve ever seen.