Cassis

The picturesque fishing harbour of Cassis
The beach at Cassis is a mix of sand and shingle
The harbour is lined with restaurants
The main beach at Cassis
Cassis is home to many fine old wooden fishing boats
At Cassis the boats bring their catch to the quayside
The harbour entrance
By the harbour is a large petanque playing area where locals battle for honours
Cassis is dominated by the highest sea cliffs in Europe

Cassis is a gorgeous little fishing village, like a smaller St Tropez without all the bling. Its harbour is lined with restaurants, in the water bob traditional wooden fishing boats, and its rough sand beach is good for swimming in clear blue water.

Cassis is busy in summer, but delightful out of season. From Cassis you can take a very scenic drive to La Ciotat, taking you along the crest of the tallest cliffs in Europe, with dramatic vistas - its called La Route des Cretes.

Even more remarkable heading in the other direction towards Marseille, are the calanques. These can be accessed by boat or on foot from Cassis, the first of them is just round the corner.