Captivating Cap Canaille overlooks the town of Cassis
Cassis, not more than twenty kilometres east from Marseille, has been compared to Paris by 19th century French poet Frédérick Mistral, who said ‘Anyone who has seen Paris, but hasn’t seen Cassis, hasn’t seen anything’. My thoughts exactly, when I visited the place for the first time, and every time I do again. Such is the attractiveness of the little town. The reasons are evident for any nature and culture lover. Cassis is situated between the limestone mountains of the Calanques and the most impressive Cap Canaille, a 394 meters tall cliff that is also the highest sea cliff of France. In between these two giant beauties lies a most picturesque landscape of vineyards with the 13th century Chateau de Cassis situated on a hill.
Château de Cassis on top of a hill with the centre of Cassis below
Of course, Cassis must have been different in the 19th century yet today the town is still as picture perfect as one can have it. Lovely streets and alleys with soft colored houses lead to the main centre of the town, the old fisherman’s harbor, which borders on a pristine beach area. From any corner one can see the Calanques, Cap Canaille and the vineyard-covered hills complemented with marvellously tall cypress and pine trees.
Most alleys give a view on the natural setting of Cassis, and someone looking at the Cassis housing market
Romantic Cassis harbor is the centre of the town
Almost a secret corner, the Plage Arène with its rough rock beach is located at the base of Cap Canaille and densely lined with pine trees making it a tranquil spot.
Aréne beach is pretty and quiet
Uphill, there are exclusive private sites where grapes are grown for the well-known white and rosé wines of Cassis, and the higher one goes the more charming the views of Cassis become.
Private vineyards can be found all over the landscape of Cassis
Uphill and downhill, Cassis invites for healthy hiking
Over the centuries, the beauty of Cassis has appealed especially to painters and writers, and today it is not much different as Cassis remains adorable. Naturally.