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
À l'Office de Tourisme, quai des Moulins 13260 Cassis
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
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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Aubagne is your destination for this tour. During the course of the day, you'll get to meet the crafts men and women who transform the local clay into iconic objects. Indeed, Aubagne is renowned for its santons (figurines) and pottery. After a lunch at Le 3 Farfalle, take a tour of the potters and 'santonniers', makers of the region's famous figurines. Aubagne's charming old town is awash with heritage (the clock tower) and Art Deco features. If you're in the museum mood, you have a couple to choose from: Cité de l’Art Santonnier dedicated to figurines and the Foreign Legion Museum. Just 30 minutes from the cruise terminal.
Cassis, the wine route
Discover Cassis as you never have before through the great wine estates that have earned the village such an excellent reputation. First stop, Ferme Blanche (AOC Cassis) and the highly rated Domaine Paternel (organic wines) where you can see the fabulous terroir with its extremely rich soil for yourself. After stopping for a fine dining experience at La Villa Madie, get back onto the wine route to meet other passionate producers. Domaine du Bagnol and Clos Sainte Magdeleine both welcome visitors into their wine cellars.
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