Essential Cassis

Not to be missed - Wine and gastronomy - Cruise

In a day, capture the essence of Cassis by taking a guided tour around the Provençal fishing village and visiting its museum. Potter around the boutiques and craft shops in the centre before finding a table on a terrace overlooking the sea. Cassis is especially proud of Calanques National Park, which you can explore on foot or by boat. Conclude your visit by meeting one or two Cassis wine producers. Less than an hour from the Marseille terminal, Cassis is also an essential destination for cruise tourists.

Guided tour of Cassis: history and calanques

Begin your tour of Cassis, a typically Provençal village, with a walk around its historic centre. Sights on your visit include a Romanesque Revival church, the communal oven in the fishing district and the Baragnon fountain, not to mention the town hall, listed as an Historic Monument. Conclude your tour, which should take an hour or two, by sampling one of the local specialities.

Distance from cruise terminal : 1h

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The arts and crafts museum

Musée municipal d'art et traditions populaires Rue Xavier d'Authier 13260 Cassis

Continue your exploration of Cassis by taking a tour of its arts and crafts museum, set in an old Presbyterian church dating from the 17th century. Displays include a collection of paintings going as far back as 1601 and numerous antiques. There is also free admission to the permanent exhibitions on show.

Distance from cruise terminal : 1 h

Shopping in Cassis: gifts and gastronomy

Before stopping for lunch, treat yourself to a browse around Cassis' shops, a nice excuse to explore the historic centre at your own pace. Look out for 'L'Eau de Cassis', the museum and shop dedicated to perfume, the gift shop 'Lavande' or 'Pastis et Companie' whose name says it all! Wander around and you're sure to find a charming home interiors, fashion or jewellery shop to tempt you in. Happy shopping!

Distance from cruise terminal : 1 h

Lunch at La Presqu’Île, the gateway to the calanques

La Presqu'île Quartier De Port Miou 13260 Cassis

To enjoy a relaxing lunch, look no further than La Presqu'Île (Tables 13 endorsed) in the Port-Miou quarter just moments from Cassis' calanques. The chef of this gourmet restaurant, Ringo Schulz offers fine southern French cuisine with fresh fish, seafood and meat accompanied by sun-kissed vegetables. If there is space, ask for a table on the terrace for splendid panoramic views.

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Calanques National Park, a vision in blue and white

Calanque de Port Miou

When lunch is out of the way, head straight to Calanques National Park, you won't regret it! The sight of turquoise waters grazing the white limestone cliffs is breath-taking. Choose how you want to explore the park: on foot to get to one of the small, less-frequented natural creeks or by boat to take a trip out to En-Vau in Sormiou where you can watch this magnificent spectacle from the sea.

Distance from cruise terminal : 1 h

Wine tasting in Cassis

Cassis is a place of limestone-rich soil and sunshine and so the wine route is a great way to end your tour. For example, you could pop into Domaine du Bangol. Located close to Cap Canaille, the estate is one of the oldest producers of wine in Cassis. Or you can visit Clos Sainte Magdeleine, the only winery in Cassis set right on the water. If you're looking for a wine served at the finest restaurants in town, head for Domaine du Paternel.

Distance from cruise terminal : 1 h

Can't-miss experiences

  • Swimming in the translucent waters of a deserted calanque
  • Enjoying lunch while taking in the timeless beauty of the Mediterranean

We love

  • The charming atmosphere at the small port in Cassis with its Côte d'Azur feel
  • Hearing lively conversations between locals as you stroll about the streets of Cassis

The best time to visit

  • At the very end of spring to have the calanques to yourself
  • Late September for the 'Vendanges Étoilées' fine food and wine festival
  • During the Christmas period when the village is transformed and animated with local traditions
  • Theme

    Not to be missed, Wine and gastronomy, Cruise

  • Duration

    1 day

  • Transport means

    On foot

  • Visited cities

    Cassis

  • Ideal for

    All year round

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