Seaside town of Cassis

Posted by on Sep 17, 2014 in The South of France, Travel with Karen | 0 comments

Seaside town of Cassis

“One who has seen Paris, but not Cassis, has seen nothing!” (“Qui a vu Paris, et non Cassis, n’a rien vu!”) – Provençal writer Alexandre Dumas

Located in the département of the Var, the seaside gem of Cassis (not to be confused with crème de cassis, a specialty of Burgundy which takes its name from the French word for black currants) sits on the Mediterranean coast about 12 miles east of Marseille.

The village encompasses rolling hills of picturesque vineyards which descend into a scenic port.


Cassis produces its own wines, white and rosé, from the surrounding vineyards, but is perhaps most famous for the spectacular Calanques, the sinous series of wild fjords and rocky limestone cliffs following the coastline from Marseille.  We will visit the most beautiful Calanques by boat:  Port-Miou , Port-Pin, En-Vau, and l’Oule ~ all but Port Miou are accessible only by boat or on foot.

boat outing
Aboard our private boat Nousnous (“Teddy bear”) in the port of Cassis

Picturesque Port Miou

en vauThe striking calanque of En Vau, a favorite beach of hikers and day-trippers.

The contemporary villa in Cassis offer luxurious rooms with ensuite bathrooms.

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