Cassis, Hiking From Marseilles, The South of France, Provence
Once you reach Cassis you will find a coastal village located on the Cote d' Azure, one of many beach and resort villages which include St Tropez, Cannes and Nice.
Cassis is small and less well known than the other villages but famous for its white wine and fjord-like inlets and noted for its hiking and cliff climbing on the steep rocky coast.
Cassis also has a gambling casino and in the harbor you find tour boats that will take you out along the coast to the fjord-like Calanques.
Hikers can go back towards Marseilles by leaving e the sheltered harbor of Cassis and head towards Marseilles on the GR 98.
A short day hike could be the trail from Cassis harbor to the Calanque d'En Vau
Another way to hike the cliffs is to board the tour boat from the harbor and leave the boat at one of the eight Calanques, or fjords along the coast.
Hikers go ashore to explore.
The former fishing village of Cassis offers four beaches.
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 passengers from the village docks and out along the sheer limestone cliffs into the fjords known as Calanques.
Hikers can leave the boat and spend the day in the cliffs, catching an afternoon return boat.
Cassis Hiking from Marseilles in the South of France to Cassis you can find the GR 98 and make the hike along the cliff trails to the port of Cassis.
This will be a 15 mile or more, two-day trip depending on side trips that you make into the Calanques.
Cassis on the Mediterranean in Provence, the south of France, has a great little harbor rimmed by waterside restaurants where you can board a tour boat for hiking the Calanques
Check ahead of your trip, many areas of Provence close the woods to hiking in the Summer, July, August and early September due to fire hazard
The boats cruise along the shore as they pass the eight large Calanques in order as you travel from Cassis to Marseilles: Port Miou, Port Pin, En Vau, Devenson Creek, L'Oeil de Verre, Sugiton, and Morgiou.
Hikers coming from Marseilles can take side trails to visit these Calanques.
If you cannot make the full hike, a drive From Marseilles on the D-559 to the Chemin Morgiou will lead to hiking areas near Morgiou Calanque and will give you a good look at the Calanques village of Morgiou.
You can make a short hike from the harbor of Cassis to Port Pin and Port Miou. Go to the right as you face the water at the port of Cassis; the trail runs to the first two Calanques.
Morgiou Calanque is a favorite rock climbing area in the Calanques. The ideal climbing season is October through April. The exception to that is when Mistral winds make climbing difficult.
You can park in the village and hike the trails along the coast.
Check ahead of your trip; hiking can be prohibited in this area from July to the first week in September due to fire hazard. June and September could be ideal months for a visit.
Morgiou could be a good half way stop an a two-day hike.
Port Morgiou or Sormiou could provide handy way stations for an overnight stop on a two-day hike.
A road reaches these port villages.
From Marseilles, take a turn before you reach the turn for the Luminy Campus off of the D-559. Look for Chemin de Morgiou or Chemin Sormiou. The road splits for each village as it heads south.
The hiking from Marseilles to Cassis will be done for the most part on the GR 98 (51)Trail. This trail is designed for walking, not technical climbing, and could be open year round. (Check ahead for fire closures)
You will need to pack adequate water for a two day trip. A good map is handy to have; there are many trails in the area.
Near Marseilles the trail starts in Callenongue. This can be reached by bus from Marseilles and can be a starting point.
Buses from Marseilles also reach La Madrague another good starting point for a hike to Cassis.
Cassis, Hiking From Marseilles, The South of France, Provence above the Calanques
Cassis offers a fine harbor with dockside restaurants where hikers find a rest after a hike above the Calanques
Cassis Provence, Hiking, Biking from Marseilles Provence, 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 open.
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
Cassis in the South of France, Provence offers beaches on the Mediterranean