Cassis, Calanques Hiking South of France, Provence
Cassis, southeast of Marseilles on the Cote d' Azure, is the first of many beach and resort villages which include St Tropez, Cannes and Nice.
Cassis is noted for white wine of the same name, Cassis, (not the Cassis from central France) and for its hiking on fjord-like inlets on the steep rocky coast.
Cassis also has a 14Th Century castle (not open to the public)that dominates the cliffs above the beach and village and makes for a great photo.
Cassis casino gambling keeps the nightlife lively.
Cassis has a sheltered harbor, cove-side restaurants, and tour boats that make trips to the secluded inlets. Hikers go ashore to explore the steep cliffs, others walk along the shore and over the cliffs to the right of the village as you face the water. According to the guidebooks, Winston Churchill visited and painted in Cassis, staying at the White Rock Hotel.
Fishing with gill net and long line is till part of life in Cassis but the harbor is nearly all given over to pleasure craft and tourism and includes a gambling casino that attracts large numbers of visitors from Marseilles.
Tour boats take visitors from the village docks and out along the sheer limestone cliffs into the fjords known as Calanques where boaters, divers, kayakers, hikers, and swimmers spend their day.
Cassis Calanques Hiking in the South of France, Provence, can include a hike out of Marseilles for a twelve hour trip along the cliff trails to the port of Cassis. This is 15 or more miles depending on the number of side trips and could be a two-day trip.
Cassis on the Mediterranean offers a great little harbor rimmed by waterside restaurants where you can board a tour boat for the Calanques
Hikers out of Marseilles can make a twenty five km trip along the cliff trails to the port of Cassis
For beginning hikers, the trail from Cassis to Port Miou is a good short hike. (crowded on weekends) Vehicles reach this port and many boaters use the inlet. A little further on, Port Pin makes a good short hike.
A Drive From Marseilles on the D-559 to Chemin Sormiou or Chemin Morgiou will lead to hiking areas near Morgiou and Sormiou Calanques, fishing village of the past. The roads are closed to non residents in summer. The trails are also closed due to fire hazard, July, August Early September.
These Calanques are favorite rock climbing areas along the coast. Parking is available at the trail heads and in lots outside the villages.
Restaurants are available in the villages
The ideal climbing season is October through April. The exception to that is when Mistral winds make climbing difficult. You can park in the lots near the villages and hike the trails along the coast.
Hiking could be prohibited in this area due to fire hazard from the from July to the first week in September.
May and June and Mid September and October could be ideal months for a visit.
Cassis Hiking: There are fjord-like inlets along the rocky coast that hikers out of Marseilles or Cassis can reach after a hike along the cliff trails. Boats
out of Cassis also take passengers for day trips or hiking and climbing. Cassis also offers sand beaches
There exists along the coast between Marseilles and Cassis about 20 Calanques (inlets) large and small.
The large Calanques in order if you are hiking from Cassis to Marseilles: Port Miou, Port Pin, En Vau, L'Oule, Devenson Creek, L'Oeil de Verre, Sugiton, Morgiou, and Callenonque. Sormiou is in the vicinity of the end of the GR 98, about 8 km south of Marseilles.
Many trails criss cross the Marseilleveyre cliffs or massif that looms high above the sea. Some trails will close due to fire hazard in July, August, and part of September. The GR 98 (51)could be open year round.
The GR 98 trail follows the coastline between Marseilles and Cassis and is the most heavily traveled and safest. (You are not likely to get lost) It is at least 15 miles and can be a two day trip. You will need adequate water. Port Morgiou can be a handy way station for overnight stops. A road reaches the port village. (Road closed to non-residents in summer)
From Marseilles, take a turn off of the D-559 towards Chemin de Morgiou, about a mile and a half before the turn for the Luminy campus
The GR 98 Trail is designed for walking, not technical climbing. A good map is handy to have because there are many trails in the area.
Callenonque can be a starting point for a hike from Marseilles; it can be reached by bus from Marseilles
Cassis Hiking From Marsailles
Cassis, Calanques Hiking in the South of France can start with a tour boat ride to the Calanques
Cassis, Calanques Hiking in the South of France, Provence could start or end in the port of Cassis and its harborside restaurants
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Cassis Provence, Calanques Hiking , the South of France
|When To Go To Cassis, Provence:
Mid March to Mid November is a good time to visit Cassis although September to November
will have more rainy days. Winter months are without snow but could be cold with January
averaging from 37 lows to 51 highs. There could be a cold Mistral wind in winter.
Provence biking and hiking is good any season except that during July, August, and the first
half of September some woods and trails could be closed due to fire hazard. The Cassis
GR 98 will remain open but other trails might close due to high wind or fire hazard.
Cassis is on the Mediterranean Sea.
May (78 highs to 55 lows) and the early part of June are ideal. The end of June, and all
of July and August can be warm in the mid day (June 78-61) and crowded at times as much
of Europe takes its summer vacation. Much of France goes on a six-week July August
vacation and many people head south to Provence. (August 83 highs to 65 lows)
Summer months are warm and dry. Weather is ideal in May and June and September
October, great months to visit.
Showers could come in any month but will be of short duration in the summer, more
frequent Sept, Oct, Nov, Dec.
Cassis is notable dry in summer. Mid March to Mid November will find most attractions
Cassis Provence, can be reached by bus and train from Marseilles. Cassis Gare SNCF (station) The train station is about 2 miles uphill from the town and provides bus service to the casino about every hour, 7 am to 7 pm, summer. A telephone is available at the station for calling a cab.
Hiking, Biking, Vacation Rentals, Calanque boat rides, beaches, and the Casino Gambling are located within a short walk from the Casino stop. Bus Marseilles to Cassis