Cassis downtown is lovely, very flowery and with colored houses near the port. Cassis’ castle (XIIIth century old, today a private property transformed into a luxury bed and breakfast) overhangs the village and the main square, where petanque players and tourists ready to get on the boat for excursions in the calanques gather.
The beach of La Grande Mer behind the port, and Bestouan beach at the beginning of the peninsula are the most crowded. L’Arene Beach, down the Cap Canaille (reachable from the rotary at the casino) is more untamed. In the afternoon, when it gets too hot, you will enjoy a little walk in the shady small street, eating an ice cream.
How to get there
- Parking: Finding parking spots near the port is really rare. In summer, even the paid parking lots are often full. Instead of driving slowly and ending up going out of Cassis, you should park directly on the Gorguettes parking (near the entrance of Cassis when you arrive from Marseille by-road). A shuttle will take you downtown (casino rotary) or to the peninsula for 1,6 euros round-trip.
Visit of the calanques by boat
The visit of the calanques by boat is done without reservation, tickets are to be collected at the ticket office on the port. In the summertime, the boats leave every 30 minutes, from 9:00 am to 18:30pm, including during weekends and public holidays.
(For more information: Cassis boatmen)
Tours and price for 70 passengers shuttles with no stop, no swimming (no booking)
- 3 calanques (45 minutes): this small tour allows you to have a quick look at the calanques de Port-miou (reachable by the road from Cassis peninsula), Port-pin and En-vau.
Adult: 17 euros, children between 5 and 13 : 10 euros, children under 5: 1€
- 9 calanques (1:50h): Discover the calanques de Port-miou to Sormiou.
Adult: 29 euros, Children between 5 and 13: 20 euros, children under 5: 1€
- The calanques are also accessible during boat tours with swimming (Booking is required)