The Port town of Cassis, famous for its white wine and its inlets called Calanques, is located just east of Marseille. The sheltered harbor is the perfect year round destination for leisurely days on the beach, boat tours and scuba diving. The sidewalks of the town are made of the Cassis stone quarried locally since the antiquity and used for the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty. The drive to the top of Cap Canaille, part of the Provence Confidential itinerary, offers a spectacular panoramic view of the village below.
Some ideas from a full day itinerary
Take a private boat ride through the Calanques (inlets). A private boat will be reserved for you and the captain will navigate your group out of the Cassis harbor to visit the Calanques of Port-Miou, Port-Pin and En-Vau. If the wind and water conditions are favorable you can throw anchor for a quick swim in the Mediterranean before heading back to Port for lunch.
Have lunch at the Port of Cassis. We will make reservations on your behalf at one of the two restaurants we highly recommend. You will discover local cuisine -- including bouillabaisse, prepared and served in the traditional way with four of six fish cut up in front of you ... Both restaurants have menus that offer grilled meats as well as fish. Provençals are not narrow in their love of food.
Visit a vineyard and taste their wine. Cassis, where grape vines grow on terraced hillsides overlooking the Mediterranean, is known for its award winning crisp white wines. There are dozens of vineyards in Cassis but we especially like two very special domaines that produce exceptional whites and some distinctive roses that are well worth a visit. Reservations can be made for a guided visit, in English, of either property – followed by a wine tasting.