Cassis GR 98 Hiking, Provence, The South of France, Short Hikes From Cassis
Cassis, southeast of Marseilles on the Cote d' Azure, is noted for its hiking along the rock formations and coves called Calanques.
Cassis is one of the many Mediterranean beach and resort villages along the coast which include St Tropez, Cannes and Nice further east.
Cassis can make a good base for hikes along the GR 98. Bus and train service reach Cassis from Marseilles.
Cassis is also noted for white wine made locally and for its casino gambling.
TGV trains reach Marseilles in about three hours from Paris.
Bus, train, and good roads reach Cassis
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. The trails traverse the high massif above the Mediterranean, seen in the background of the photo above
For the beginning hiker, a good option is to take the tour boats from the village docks. They take you out along the limestone cliffs into the fjords known as Calanques.
The tours offer an option where you go ashore and hike for the day and then meet the boat for the return trip to the harbor at Cassis.
Cassis is on the Mediterranean and has a great little harbor rimmed by waterside restaurants where you can start or end a hike above the Calanques. Bus service connects to Marseilles. The GR 98 hiking trail runs along the coast along with many other short trails that connect the Calanques.
Cassis Hiking on the GR 98, Vacation, Provence, The South of France, Short Hikes to the Calanques
Hikers out of Cassis can easily each Port Miou, seen here. The mile-long inlet is sheltered and popular with boaters.
There exists along the coast between Marseilles and Cassis many Calanques, (Inlets) large and small
The larger and better known Calanques in order if you are hiking from Marseilles to Cassis will be the Calanques Calanque, Sormiou, Morgiou, Sugiton, de L'Oeil de Verre, Devenson, En Vau, Port Pin, and Port Miou.
To make this hike interesting there are two de L'Oeils, one L'oule de Verre between Devenson and Sugiton, and one L'oule, a small inlet surrounded by steep cliffs, between En Vau and Devenson. A map will help you make the most of your hike.
Short Hikes From Cassis:
To make a short half-day hike to the two closest Calanques near the village of Cassis, leave Cassis by road near the Plage Mahogany (Beach) on the Avenue Traverse du Soleil. This will be on your right as you face the water.
- Reach Avenue de Calanques and follow it to the Calanque Port Miou.
From Port Miou pick up the trail to the
These are two popular Calanques for boaters, kayakers and beachgoers. Port Pin will be the less crowded of the two
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.
The ideal Hiking and climbing season is October through April. The exception to that is when Mistral winds make climbing and hiking difficult.
For short hikes you can park in the village of Cassis and hike the trails along the coast.
Hiking could be prohibited in this area due to fire hazard from July to the first week in September.
May and June and Mid September and October could be ideal months for a visit.
The hiking trails follow the coast above the Mediterranean on the hills behind the cliffs.
On a short hike from Cassis hikers can reach Port Pin and Port Miou
Cassis GR 98 Hiking will require a good map. The hills above the Mediterranean near Cassis in Provence, The South of France, are ideal for hiking but many trails connect the large and small Calanques. Even on a short hike, a map is helpful
One of four beaches at Cassis, Plage de la Grande Mer, in the center of the village
From Port Pin the main trail leads to
- Calanque d'en Vau after a round about course north and then south again to the head of the Calanque where there is a small beach
Again the trail skirts the high cliffs to the
- Calanque de l'Oule (not L'oule de Verre)
The trail then goes northwest along the cliffs and then south to reach the
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Cassis Provence, can be reached by bus and train from Marseilles. Cassis Gare SNCF (station) The train station is uphill (2miles) 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
Boats leave Cassis Harbor for tours along the Calanques.