Images en cours de chargement
The port of Cassis|Photo Claudia GalottoCassis dominated by limestone cliffs rose|Photo Marion SchneiderThe En-Vau calanque|Photo Simon EdelsteinThe Calanque de Port-Miou |Photo Alessandro VecchiCap Canaille|Photo Bruno MonginouxThe vineyards of Cassis|Photo Simon Edelstein

Cassis, a pleasant summer resort

The town of Cassis is famous for its cliffs and its calanques. It is also renowned for the wines of Cassis. The fishing port is immersed in a beautiful light that inspired painters Braque, Matisse, Derain, Vlaminck and Dufy. It is a pleasant summer resort.

Brief summary of history

In the 15th century, Cassis is attached to the County of Provence, and King René passes the city of Cassis to the Bishops of Marseille who exercise their rights until the French Revolution of 1789.

In the 18th century, Cassis leaves its ramparts and develops around the port. After the restoration of new activities develop: of dryers of cod, the manufacture of filters (scourtins) used in the production of the olive oil, the work of the coral and the work of the vine. Stone of Cassis, which was exploited since antiquity made the fame of this small fishing port in the world.

In Cassis

  • The Town Hall is a former mansion from the 17th century. It presents a great richness with the VIP lounge and its coffered ceiling, fireplace Renaissance, the chapel decorated ceiling and the façade with Windows Louis XIII.
  • The Château de Cassis is a fortified enclosure from the 13th to the 14th century. At the end of the 15th century, the fortress is home to more than 250 people. Resold repeatedly, the castle was converted into luxury guest rooms.
  • The House of the oven is a bread oven date probably from the beginning of the 18th century. It is a communal oven as there were several in Cassis from the 16th century. Visit of the oven possible, free entrance.
  • The municipal Museum of Art and popular Traditions is located in a former 17th century presbytery. The small Museum presents archaeological pieces found in the region of Roman remains and amphora. There are also paintings.
  • Rue Xavier Authier, 13260 Cassis - Tel. 33 (0) 4 42 01 88 66.

The painters and Cassis

The fishing harbour of Cassis bathed in a light that inspired the painters Paul Signac, Maurice Vlaminck, Henri Matisse, Georges Braque and Raoul Dufy. Works representing the port, the village, the calanques, the surrounding nature are in the greatest museums in the world.

Cap Canaille

Cap Canaille is situated between Cassis and La Ciotat. Jutting into the Mediterranean Sea, it consists of Rocky and steep shorelines. The cliffs of Soubeyrannes one of the highest sea cliffs in Europe culminating in 399 metres and the highest cliff in France. The rock that pulls the red, it is composed of detrital limestone.

The "route des Crêtes" (D141), connects Cassis to la Ciotat approaching the edge of the cliff, several viewpoints are arranged. Foot or bike a trail allows to browse the massif of cap Canaille.

The En-Vau calanque

With its vertical walls and emerald waters, the En-Vau calanque is the most picturesque and most famous of the calanques. Can be reached by sea or by a trail from the massif. The beach is coarse sand and on funds alternate sand and Posidonia. The (uncontrolled) Beach is made of pebbles and sand. Very steep-sided and with high cliffs, is a popular climbing site.

The wines of Cassis

The vineyards of Cassis is one of the oldest places of viticulture in France. Vines already existed before even landing around 600 BC by the Phocaeans. It is planted exclusively in the commune of Cassis, away from the Cap Canaille. The blackcurrant wine appellation produces about one million bottles per year. The whites are the flagship products and are protected by an Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée (AOC). Connoisseurs will not fail a walk on beautiful land meets the 12 growers who know how to introduce fans to the art of wine tasting.

Useful information :

Address :
13260 Cassis

Good to know :
Tourist Office and Congress of Cassis Quai des Moulins, 13260 Cassis Tel: + 33 (0) 8 92 39 01 03

Free of charge.

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