Cassis, Hiking 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 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 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 in the South of France from Marseilles to Cassis on the GR 98 include hikes 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 passing the eight large Calanques in order as you travel from Cassis to Marseilles: Port Miou, Port Pin, En Vau, L'Oule, 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 will lead to hiking areas near Morgiou Calanque and will give you a good look at a Calanques village.
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 near the Luminy Campus off of the D-559.
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 has a fine harbor where hikers find a rest after a hike above the Calanques
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Cassis Provence, Hiking, Biking, Vacation Rentals, Casino Gambling,
Provence the South of France
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 hiking from Marseilles will be along the Calanques of Cassis in the South of France, Provence