Why You’ll Love Cassis
By Kelly Cronin
Cassis is a quiet little port town in the south of France, just East of Marseille. Famous for its gorgeous scenery and nature with the calanques national park, Cassis is a perfect day trip from Marseille or an adorable summer getaway for some serious rest and relaxation. Plus, in the summer, you’ll be among some luxurious travelers, such as Kourtney Kardashian. With only approximately 7,333 inhabitants, the small town brings whimsical scenes of true life in Provence. Here’s why you should visit Cassis while in France:
1) Les Calanques
If you’ve ever dreamed of seeing bright turquoise water against rocky cliffs, the calanques national park will be your heaven. The entire park is 8,500 hectares and spans between Marseille, Cassis and La Ciotat. With over two million visitors per year, it’s easy to see why this park is such a hotspot on the Mediterranean. There are endless trails to explore, so no matter your fitness level, it’s a great place to soak up some sun, go for a swim, and take in the view.
Of course every port town is ideal for boating. Rent a boat for the day and explore the sparkling waters in and around Cassis. You can also head out for some snorkeling or scuba diving, where you might see one of the 60 heritage marine species. Or opt for a fishing expedition. Cassis has plenty of options for boating, plus a tour of the calanques by boat is a must do!
Would any French destination be complete without wine? Of course not. That’s why we love France! Cassis, of course, is surrounded by beautiful, hilly vineyards that produce a million bottles of wine per year. You can visit one of the twelve vineyards just a short trip from the town center, along with wine tasting experiences with beautiful views. It really does not get much better than this.
Maybe you want a place to get a workout while still being outside and soaking up some sunshine. Hiking is plentiful in Cassis. Just next to the city center is the national park of the calanques, with plenty of trails that vary in difficulty. You can hike up to hilltops for panoramic views, or down to the calanque beaches for a dip in the sea. If you’re adventurous, you can also rock climb in the calanques.
If you want to wake up to views of the Mediterranean and an infinite pool that’s as refreshing as your fresh glass of champagne, check out the Hotel Les Roches Blanches in Cassis. A five-star hotel, the incredible location alone makes this getaway a perfect paradise. Plus, you’ll get treated with their spa, outdoor pool, tennis court and concierge service. Sounds pretty great right? I’ll take the room with the terrace facing the sea please.
So far we’ve got wine, luxury hotels and stunning views, but that’s not all Cassis has to offer. Top-notch dining includes restaurants like Restaurant Angelina and Restaurant La Presqu’ile. Seafood is very popular, as the small fishing port brings in fresh fish each day to be served at the local restaurants. Try pairing dessert with a creme de cassis, a local black liqueur syrup.