Exploring the Charming Town of Cassis, France

August 28, 2019  •  Leave a Comment

Charming Cassis - The Perfect Getaway in the South of France

Colorful Boats in the Port of Cassis, FranceColorful Boats in the Port of Cassis, FranceTravel photography of the charming port in the Provencal town of Cassis in the south of France. Colorful boats lined the docks ready to cruise the blue mediterranean sea.

After an incredible week of teaching photography in Provence (and a year's worth of portrait sessions, Bar & Bat Mitzvahs, and weddings), I was SO ready for a few days of rest and relaxation before exploring the South of France on my own.

 

I wanted to be somewhere by the sea without any specific agenda, and just explore. After weeks of googling (and LOTS of indecision), I finally chose the charming port town of Cassis.

 

Cassis had everything I hoped for. Beautiful turquoise blue water, Provencal-style houses, cafes, and restaurants with pastel-colored shutters, quaint shops, and the loveliest little cobblestone streets just made for endless wandering. Needless to say, no shortage of things to photograph here! And of course, there's Cassis Wine.

 

Here are a few highlights, a list of things to do, where to stay, and helpful insider tips I learned along the way during my time in Cassis.

 

Port View - so colorful!

Colorful Boats and Architecture Cassis FranceColorful Boats and Architecture Cassis FranceA travel photo of colorful boats and Provencal architecture in the charming port town of Cassis France.

 

That water!!!

Boating on the Cote d Azur Cassis FranceBoating on the Cote d Azur Cassis FranceTravel photo of one of the many boats heading out of the port of Cassis, France, enjoying the beautiful turquoise blue Mediterranean Sea.

 

Every restaurant more charming than the next!

Cassis France RestaurantCassis France RestaurantTravel photo of a charming seaside restaurant in the beautiful Provencal port town of Cassis, France.

 

Meringue Desserts at the local patisserie.

Meringue Treats in Cassis FranceMeringue Treats in Cassis FranceAmazing meringue dessert treats from a local patisserie in Cassis France.

 

Enjoying the cool water. It was HOT!

Azure Blue Mediterranean Sea Cassis FranceAzure Blue Mediterranean Sea Cassis FranceTravel photo of the gorgeous azure blue mediterranean sea along the coast of Cassis France.

 

Can't resist a decorative door... and there were a LOT of them. That knocker!

Decorative Wood Door Cassis FranceDecorative Wood Door Cassis FranceA beautiful decorative wood door of a residence with iron detail and stone framing in the Provence town of Cassis France.

 

Early morning before the tourist rush.

Colorful Restaurants in Cassis, FranceColorful Restaurants in Cassis, FranceTravel photo of a row of colorful seaside restaurants on a charming street in the Provencal port town of Cassis, France.

 

Kiddie Sailing

Every morning, these miniature sized sailboats filled with little kids headed out of the port and sailed right past my apartment. They were all strung together, being pulled by the sailing instructor. I could hear their giggles a mile away. SO cute!

Kid-Sized Sailboats Cassis FranceKid-Sized Sailboats Cassis FranceCute kid-sized sailboats at the sailing school in the port town of Cassis France.

 

Things to Do in Cassis

While I really wanted this part of my trip to be restful, Cassis had a LOT to offer and I didn't have time to take advantage of it all.

If you go (and when I go back), here's a list of Things to Do:

 

  • Calanques - Inlets that have been formed in the limestone cliffs, leaving behind a series of beautiful little bays with small beaches. Hike, take a kayak tour, hire a boat tour, or rent a boat of your own, and swim in the clear turquoise water.
  • Wineries - Several in the area, including producers of white Cassis wine.
  • Beaches - There are a few gorgeous beaches in Cassis. As with most beaches in the South of France, they are not sandy. Instead, they are covered in small pebbles. But that azure blue water is stunning!
  • Cap Canaille - Hike or drive for spectacular coastal views from the highest sea cliff in France.

 

Where to Stay

By the time I decided on Cassis, there were no hotel options left as July is the height of tourist season. But I totally lucked out and found the most beautiful apartment right on the sea! Villa Calanco.

 

If you ever visit Cassis, I highly recommend Villa Calanco. Your back terrace is literally right on the Mediterranean. I was SO happy just enjoying the view from every room, laying out on the terrace, breathing in that clean ocean air, and being lulled to sleep every night by the sound of the waves. The owner Stéfanie was so gracious, making sure everything was perfect. Check out Villa Calanco here: http://www.villacalanco.com/.

 

View from my bedroom at Villa Calanco.

Travel Photo of the Blue Mediterranean Sea in Cassis FranceTravel Photo of the Blue Mediterranean Sea in Cassis FranceView of the deep blue mediterranean sea from my terrace at Villa Calanco in Cassis France.

 

Terrace View of Cap Canaille - The highest sea cliff in France. Had to break out the tripod for some sunset shots.

Cap Canaille Cassis FranceCap Canaille Cassis FranceTravel photo of Cap Canaille headland in the Provencal town of Cassis, France at sunset. Cap Canaille is the highest sea cliff in all of France. Photo taken from my terrace at Villa Calanco, Cassis, France.

 

Travel Tips When Visiting Cassis

Best Time to Visit - May or September for the best weather and fewest tourists. June, July, August is the height of tourist season as Cassis is a popular holiday spot for Europeans, and it gets very busy. It's also very hot. That being said, I visited in July and enjoyed every minute!

 

Best Way to Get There - Fly into Marseille-Provence Airport. The quickest way to Cassis is to hire a taxi, Uber, or other car service to take you to your hotel/apartment. About a 50-minute drive from the airport. ~100€.

If you're on a budget and don't mind a longer trip, there are less expensive train/bus options. Check out Rome2rio for an easy way to see all the options in one place. Website: https://www.rome2rio.com/s/Marseille/Cassis

 

Best Way to Get Around - Walk! Everything in the port area is walkable. Hire a car if you need to venture further out. Parking is not easy in Cassis, so I don't recommend renting a car unless your hotel/apartment comes with a parking space.

 

Best Place for Tourist Info - Office de Tourisme (Tourism Office), located right in the port, has loads of info. Website: https://www.ot-cassis.com/

 

For Solo Female Travelers - I felt very safe in Cassis. As with all solo travel, be aware of your surroundings. I did not go to the port alone at night as my apartment was about a 20-minute walk through dark streets.


What's Your Favorite Travel Destination? Are You a Solo Female Traveler?

What's your favorite travel destination so far, and why? What places are still on your bucket list? Got any tips for solo female travelers? Please share in the Comments.

 

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