"Qu'a vist Paris se noun a vist Cassis, a ren vist..." ("Those who have seen Paris but not Cassis, have seen nothing!"). Even if this quote by Frédéric Mistral seems a little exaggerated, it nonetheless reveals the undeniable touristic attraction of this little seaside resort, tucked away at the foot of the impressive Cape Canaille cliff.
A former Roman trading port, Cassis features seductive quaysides lined with cafés and restaurants, craggy coves, natural beaches and a pretty historic quarter. The nearby castle (private property, cannot be visited) was built in the 13th century by Hugues des Baux. Other points of interest include the elegant town hall: an 17th-century mansion house opening onto a shaded square where the locals like to cool off in summer, and the 18th century presbytery, now home to the "Musée Municipal Méditerranéen d'Arts et Traditions Populaires" exhibiting paintings, everyday objects, costumes and Roman remains.
Many visitors come here to admire the "Calanques" fjords, stroll along the port, get their fill of fresh fish and vegetables and savour the excellent local wines. The Cassis AOC appellation produces a reputed white wine with a totally unique flavour and is one of France's oldest AOC's. You can see the vines panning out on the hillsides around the town.