9 Things to Do in Cassis That You Shouldn't Miss

April 5, 2018 Sachiko Swiger

In the heart of Calanques National Park, Cassis offers visitors a glimpse of life in a quaint Provencal fishing village. Hop on a sightseeing boat to experience the Cassis Calanques by water, or enjoy the turquoise coastline from a pebble beach. There’s much to explore by foot, too. Admire the pastel-colored houses lining the picturesque harbor, drift into the village’s charming shops and cafes, and take in the scenic views of the French Riviera from the many vantage points along the way.
Restaurants in Cassis

13260 Cassis, France +33 892 39 01 03
Excellent
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4.5 based on 3 reviews

Calanques

Reviewed By John M - Lyon, France

The hike along the barren cliffs to see the five Calanques between Cassis and Marseille is very worthwhile or you visit them by Seakayak from the beautiful port of Cassis. We took the direct bus from Castellane to Cassis along a very scenic route. The adjacent park and forest are all unpolluted, due the co-operation of visitors and the local authority. The sea is an azure blue sea and people enjoy hiking and some even dive headlong into the sea from the high cliffs. A hike from Marseille to Cassis could be in two stages: Callelongue to Calanque Morgiou in 4 hours and then Calanque Morgiou to Cassis in about 5 hours. There are enough cafes and bars for a rest and snacks with a drink while you enjoy the sounds of chirping cicadas. If you like to return by bus suggest a 30 minutes walk from Calanque Morgiou to Luminy (University of Marseille), and there's a bus from there to Marseille every 10-15 minutes.

2. Calanque de Port-Miou

13260 Cassis, France
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4.5 based on 224 reviews

Calanque de Port-Miou

Reviewed By wendyanddavid536 - Solihull, United Kingdom

The first calanque that you come to on a boat trip from Cassis. The longest of the Calanques, it is always full of boats moored here, a large number of them with folks draped over them sunbathing with very little apparent interest in sailing - very amusing.
Just visible through the pine trees on one side is the chapel of Notre Dame, built in 1649 to give thanks for the village having survived the plague. There is also a stone quarry, now closed, which supplied stone for the plinth of New York's Statue of Liberty.

3. Port de Cassis

quai des Moulins, 13260 Cassis, France +33 4 42 32 91 65
Excellent
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4.5 based on 725 reviews

Port de Cassis

Reviewed By Manuela L - Luxembourg City, Luxembourg

Very vived place, many attractions, a magnet for people, nice Promenade with pedestrian aera, nice in summer, and also in autumn, depend wether you want to enjoy the first or the last sunny days.

4. Plage de la Grande Mer

13260 Cassis, France
Excellent
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Poor
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4 based on 180 reviews

Plage de la Grande Mer

Reviewed By Ogi0 - Sofia, Bulgaria

The beach is small and overcrowded, but it is just off the harbor and downtown Cassis. There are also some Mountains nearby.

5. Cassis en petit train

Cassis, France
Excellent
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3.5 based on 231 reviews

Cassis en petit train

Reviewed By machinmad - Norwich, United Kingdom

This typical tourist train takes you round the town and gives French and English commentary, about how this place was a Roman settlement and still has their influence.
Then it heads along the coast to the Clancles end point and stops against the quayside with beautiful views of the bay. The cafes are are very expensive.
The trip costs €7/head is is well worth an hour of your time.

6. Place Baragnon

13 rue Alexandre Gervais, 13260 Cassis, France
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4 based on 36 reviews

Place Baragnon

Reviewed By KarenV87 - Tampa, Florida

Everything is near the Place Baragnon (including the port). This is where they hold the Provencal food market. The old Fountain (Fontaine des Quatre Nations) is decorated with colorful flowering plants on market day. We didn't get a chance to see the market since we visited on a Saturday. It was still a wonderful place to hang out and relax after our day tour of this lovely village. There is another Fountain dedicated to Pierre Baragnon in the larger part of the square. It must be a beautiful sight to see when the trees are in bloom. There are cafés, bakeries, and unique shops. There's a park nearby where there are some very interesting self-cleaning restrooms. That was quite a unique experience for us. Also, the view of the Château from the square and the park are all magnificent. It's just a lovely place to relax and take in the beauty of this charming village. Don't miss it!

7. Tourist Office Cassis

quai des Moulins, 13260 Cassis, France +33 892 39 01 03
Excellent
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4 based on 142 reviews

Tourist Office Cassis

At the heart of one of the world's most visited natural sites - between sea, vineyards and Calanques National Parc - Cassis, a jewel of nature, cultivates authentic charm and feel of a Mediterranean city. City of history, culture, art, events, recreation, nature, softness, and of flavors to taste ... Cassis stands out for its diversity in every season.

Reviewed By Manuela L - Luxembourg City, Luxembourg

Located in the harbour of Cassis, awaits with many informations, prospectus of the region, the Calanques, the good restaurants and hotels; here we are in sud of France and in a magic region to discover with your car or by boats, best informations.

8. Casino Barriere de Cassis

Avenue du Prof Rene Leriche, 13260 Cassis, France +33 4 42 01 78 32
Excellent
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3.5 based on 88 reviews

Casino Barriere de Cassis

Reviewed By Fr4nc3s2014 - London, United Kingdom

This is the worst casino I've ever been in.
We walked past the dull but obligatory slot machines to find... Electronic tables in place of real ones. An ocean of them. People playing in solitary, square-eyed silence with no dealer, no interaction and no discernible sense of enjoyment. 'Is this it?' We wondered.
A further few strides past the bar - every seat full and only one bartender working incredibly slowly and nonchalantly.
To the game room - two or three poker tables sectioned off with unfriendly guards, impossible to access. Fine. Not so interesting to watch and stakes I don't care to find.
Two roulette tables - or what I assume were roulette tables, I could barely see through the seething crowds. How anyone could make sense of the mayhem I've no idea. Meanwhile, another two or three roulette tables sat unmanned and vacant.
Same story at the only blackjack table. Crowds three-deep and pleas to the casino officials to open another table were met with a stern shake of the head. I've never been to a casino so uninterested in taking my money.
To the bar then. Without a Manhattan in sight, I settled for a lacklustre frozen margarita served in the wrong glass with a giant straw.
As I sipped, a surly waitress slammed a giant box of mini cheddars down 10mm from my elbow and proceeded to grumpily decant them into serving bowls. Personal space violated and having spent the last 10 minutes trying to regain the eye of the bartender so I could pay for my drink, I decamped to the most exciting part of the casino - the smoking area. Adorned with a faux Fountain and flashy lighting, this truly is the Jewel in the crown of this most dismal of gaming joints.
One last glance at the tables confirmed that I was better off hanging onto my cash and I departed. And in case you're wondering, no one chased me down the street to pay for that lousy margarita either.

9. Clos Sainte Magdeleine

avenue du Revestel, 13260 Cassis, France +33 4 42 01 70 28
Excellent
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4 based on 39 reviews

Clos Sainte Magdeleine

Reviewed By Anthony C - Frisco, Texas

We bought our tickets at the tourist office in the center of town. We wanted to experience a vineyard and the wine making process. As soon as the tour began, we were told the owners asked not to bring tours to the vineyards since its near their house and some people may intrude. That was very disappointing. To owners: Don't sell us tickets to view your vineyard, then not let us in the vineyard because you are bothered by the tour.

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