Cassis, South of France, Hiking, Provence, Calanques,
GR Trails, Hiking Cassis to Marseilles

Cassis offers a sheltered harbor, cove-side restaurants, a gambling casino, beaches,
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 hiking trails run along the coast on cliffs above the Mediterranean.
The eight large Calanques in order as you approach Cassis from Marseilles: Sormiou ·
Morgiou · Sugiton · Oeil de Verre · Devenson · En-Vau · Port-Pin · Port-Miou ·
Tour boats take visitors from the
village docks in Cassis out along the
sheer limestone cliffs into the fjords
known as Calanques.  In the
Calanques boaters, divers,
kayakers, hikers, and swimmers
spend their day.

Cassis Hiking

Some hikers make the
trip in one day from
Marseilles, but to see
the sights along the  
way on the 15 miles of
cliff trails to the port of
Cassis,  two days or
more is recommended   
 

Hike Between Marseilles and Cassis

The hike from Marseilles will pass the 8 large Calanques (inlets) in order if you are hiking from Cassis to Marseilles: Port Miou, Port Pin, En Vau, Devenson Creek, L'Oeil de Vere, Sugiton,  Morgiou and Sormiou.   
Sormiou is in the vicinity of the end of the GR 98, about
8 km south of Marseilles.
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A map of the area is handy because there are many
trails on the
Marseilleveyre Cliffs or massif that looms
high above the sea.
Check ahead of your trip because some trails will
close due to fire hazard in July,  August,  and
September.  
The
GR 98 will  stay open year round.  This trail
follows the coastline  between Marseilles and Cassis
and is the most heavily traveled.
There is no water available along the trail.  It is best to
plan a two day trip depending on how many of the
Calanques you visit.  You will need to carry  
adequate
water
.

Port Morgiou can provide a rest stop and water and an  
overnight stop if you have reserved a place.

Phone: +33 4 9113 8900(Tourist Information

Port Morgiou is notable for the discovery of an
underwater cave in which divers discovered prehistoric
cave paintings that date to 27, 000 BC.
The entrance to the cave had been above the surface
of the water at that time..
.paved road reaches the Port
Morgiou
from Marseilles city. Off the D559,  follow
Chemin de Morgiou.  This road is open to residents
only in summer.
Parking is available outside of the village.

Many trails in the area lead to cliff edges that require
technical gear to descend to the sea.

Here is where a good map is handy to have because
there are many trails in the area.
 

Callenongue
could be a starting point for a long hike;
it can be reached by bus from Marseilles.
Bus and train service connects Marseilles and Cassis
for a return trip after a hike.

Short Day Hikes

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
from Cassis:  I 1/2 hours.

Under five miles RT:.
Port
Morgiou
 or Sormiou
from the Luminy Campus
parking lot

Along the coast between Marseilles and Cassis
there are  several
Calanques (inlets) Eight large
inlets that the boats visit and many small, several
reached only by boat or by hiking.

Calanques By Road

Reach Morgiou by road
from Marseilles on the
D-559 with a turn before  
(west of)  the Luminy
campus.  Look for Chemin
de Morgiou and Chemin de
Sormiou.
Village road closed to non
residents in summer

Find hiking areas near
Morgiou  Calanque

The Port Morgiou Calanque
and
Sormiou Calanque are
 in the same area and are
favorite rock climbing
places in the Calanques.  
Parking is available at the
trailheads. Restaurants are
available in the villages

Fire hazard could close the
trails during July August and
part of September

The ideal
Hiking and
climbing
season is
October through April.

The exception to that is
when
Mistral winds make
hiking difficult.

Cassis is ideal for hiking in the South of France.  At both
ends of the trail above the Calanques on the GR Trail you
find lodging and dining.  Hikers  from Cassis or from
Marseilles  make a twelve hour or more trip (15 miles)
along the cliff trails near the port of Cassis   
Cassis in the South of France
makes a great stop for dining
after a hike
Cassis has a port side
shopping area and makes
a great place to rest after a
hike on the GR trails above
the Calanques.
Cassis wines,  red,
white, and rose are
produced in 500
acres of vineyards
on sheltered hillsides
that face the
Mediterranean Sea.   
 
The town of Cassis  
does not produce the
black currant liqueur
called Creme de
Cassis which is
made in Central
France.
Dining In Cassis, the South of France, Provence

Short Hikes, Calanques

The Calanque of Morgiou  is a good way station for a shorter one or two day hike.  Although the
distances might look short on a map, the trails can be steep and include many switchbacks

Bus number 22 from Marseilles leaving du rond point du prado reaches the parc des Baumettes
area where it makes its last stop.  From there it is a walk to Morgiou and Sormoiu Calanques. .  
There are parking places in this area or in the area of the Luminy Campus for those hiking or
biking.    

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Cassis Provence, Hiking, Biking,  Vacation Rentals, Casino Gambling,
Provence the South of France
Restaurants to write home
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Reach Cassis
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 outdoor dining on the harbor
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