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.
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
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.
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
- Swimming in the translucent waters of a deserted calanque
- Enjoying lunch while taking in the timeless beauty of the Mediterranean
- 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
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Aix's museums and art centres
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Happiness is in the lavender field!
A gourmet treat…
Provence has been famed for its candied fruit from time immemorial. In the early 16th century, the region was fairly impoverished. Fruit grew here in abundance, but much of it was lost every year.
Celebrated at Candlemas, this traditional Provencal biscuit is also a popular sweet treat all year round
The Gourmet's New Eldorado
It had all but disappeared from the markets, but then – perhaps as a result of Halloween arriving in France – squash made a big comeback on our stalls just over a decade ago