Frédéric Mistral said loudly: “Whoever saw Paris, if he did not see Cassis, did not see anything!”
Inhabited since Roman times, Cassis is nowadays a lively Provencal village. Nestled along the Mediterranean coast, between the port of Marseille and the city of La Ciotat, Cassis is a very active small town.
Located in the heart of the Calanques National Park, certainly one of the most beautiful national parks that can be found in France. If you love adventures or if you simply want to immerse yourself in nature outside of traditional tourist activities, hiking in the Calanques is the way to discover breathtaking landscapes.
Characterized by its limestone appearance, the rock used over the millennia, has created creeks that shelter small sandy beaches and secret places.
Considered by climbing enthusiasts as a must-visit site, the creeks offer all kinds of walks: from the quietest to the most sportive. 160 km of trails are marked. You can also discover them by the sea, the ride will be unforgettable.
The port of Cassis smells of the sun and the mistral, but Cassis would not be quite Cassis, if we did not evoke her artists and her great men. We owe to Father Barthélemy, erudite writer born in Cassis in 1716, the first correct deciphering of a fragment of Phoenician alphabet, from an inscription from Malta. Cassis attracted many writers from the late nineteenth century, Alphonse Daudet, Andre Gide, Paul Valery, the American Henry Miller, the British Virginia Woolf. Among them, Frédéric Mistral (1830-1914) discovered this sublime landscape and will be inspired by his book “Calendal”
And Cassis is a wine appellation of origin, produced in the town. It is the first AOC recognized in Provence, in 1936 and one of the oldest viticultural places in France.