Itinerary of five days in Cassis which is a small town east of Marseille and the Calanques National Park. The Calanques are narrow steep-walled inlets and can be visited by land or water.
With a few more days you can also visit the nearby Camargue and Provence.
|Our 5 Days in Cassis Itinerary|
|1. Hiking above the Calanques|
|2. Cape Camarat & Saint Tropez|
|4. Hiking above Aubagne|
1. Hiking above the Calanques
There are several hiking trails connecting the different Calanques. They start at Port Miou which is a small harbor in the west of Cassis. Some of the Calanques have a little shop but it’s better to bring enough water by yourself.
2. Cape Camarat & Saint Tropez
There is a hiking trail just next to the water from Cape Camarat to Le Merlier which is a nice walk. If you arrive by car you can park next to the light house. You can see the Alps on clear days from the Cape Camarat.
Another nice way to see the Calanques is by boat. There are some big tourist boats but I would recommend to rent a kayak for one day. We started in Port Miou and paddled to Calanque de Morgiou and back with several stopps in the Calanques on the way.
4. Hiking above Aubagne
You can walk up to Croix du Garlaban from L’Antique which is a suburb of Aubagne. From the top you have nice views over Marseille and the surrounding mountains. It takes you around two hours each way.
We started the day in the south of the city in Les Goudes and walked a little bit on the coast towards Calanque de Sormiou.
After that we visited the old harbor, the new renovated waterfront and the Notre-Dame de la Garde on the hill.
Cassis is a quiet small town with lots of restaurants and a small beach. A nice view point is the cliff east of the city on the road to La Ciotat. It’s the perfect place to stay for a trip to the Calanques.