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Cassis is a charming fishing village located on the Mediterranean coast in southeastern France, known for its beautiful beaches, scenic cliffs, and excellent seafood. Although it can be an expensive destination, Cassis is a must-see for anyone looking to experience the beauty of the Mediterranean coast in France. With easy access to nearby cities like Marseille and Aix-en-Provence, Cassis is a perfect destination for a day trip or a longer stay.

Location

Cassis is a small fishing village located on the Mediterranean coast in southeastern France, about 20 kilometers southeast of Marseille. It is known for its beautiful beaches, scenic cliffs, and excellent seafood.

URL

https://www.ot-cassis.com/en/

Average Length of Visit

1 - 2 days

History and Culture

Cassis has a rich history dating back to Roman times, and the town's architecture and layout have remained largely unchanged since the Middle Ages. The town is known for its historic castle, the Château de Cassis, and its charming port area. Cassis is also known for its excellent seafood, including fresh fish and shellfish.

Attractions

  • Calanques National Park (a scenic park with hiking trails and beautiful cliffs)
  • Château de Cassis (a historic castle with beautiful gardens and a wine cellar)
  • Plage de la Grande Mer (a beautiful beach with crystal-clear waters)
  • Port-Miou (a charming port area with many restaurants and shops)

Day-Trip Ideas

  • Marseille
  • Aix-en-Provence
  • Bandol

Transportation

The closest airport is Marseille Provence Airport, which is about a 30-minute drive away. Cassis can also be accessed by train or bus from Marseille. Once in Cassis, the town is small enough to explore on foot.

Accommodations

Accommodation options in Cassis range from bed and breakfasts to small hotels and vacation rentals. Prices can be high during peak season (July-August), so it is recommended to book in advance.

Food and Drink

Cassis is known for its excellent seafood, including fresh fish and shellfish. Local dishes to try include Bouillabaisse (a fish soup) and Moules-frites (mussels and fries). Local drinks to try include the Cassis liqueur made from blackcurrants, and the wines produced in the region.

Safety

Cassis is generally considered a very safe destination, with low crime rates. However, as with any tourist destination, be cautious of pickpocketing and scams such as fake ticket salespeople. It is recommended to use common sense and take necessary precautions.

Climate and Weather

Cassis has a Mediterranean climate with mild winters and warm summers. The best time to visit is in the summer (June-August) when the weather is warm and sunny, and the beaches are at their best.

Cost

Cassis can be an expensive destination, especially during peak season. However, it is possible to visit on a budget if you plan ahead and choose more affordable options. Expect to spend around $100-150 per day, including food, transportation, and activities.

Currency

Euro (EUR)

ATMs are available in Cassis, and credit cards are accepted in most places.

Primary Languages

French is the official language, but English is also widely spoken.

Miscellaneous

Cassis is a small town, and many of the shops and restaurants close in the afternoon for a few hours. Plan accordingly and check opening times.

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