One of the most popular day trips from Marseille, Provence, is an excursion to the splendid calanques of Cassis.
Rent a car at Marseille’s St. Charles train station and get to one of the calanques or, all five if you can. The other option is to take a train to Cassis then a taxi to any of the calanques. It really depends on the time of day and your schedule. There is a Tourist Information booth at the train station. Grab a map and ask about the best way to get to the calanques at the time of your departure.
The word calanques doesn’t have a direct translation but they are basically rocky inlets. The bright blue Mediterranean Sea settles between the high peaks and contrasts the green lining the cliffs. Each calanque has its own “personality” and they are all breathtaking. The five calanques are located on the coast east of Marseille and west of Cassis.
You can hike, boat, kayak or simply bask in the sun. And, on sunny days there’s nothing but sun. Bring a picnic and your camera.
My advice: go on a semi-dreary day. The clouds shield the sun and heat, which means there’s more time for hiking and seeing the best views. The local vacationers won’t waste their time to come out on a cloudy day, which means less crowds. Plus, the colors pop against the gray-ish sky. Really.
Top 3 Seaside Hotels in Marseille, Provence :
- Hotel Pullman Marseille Palm Beach – 4-star hotel – double room from €160
- New Hotel of Marseille Le Pharo – 4-star hotel – double room from €135
- Adagio City Aparthotel Marseille – serviced apartment – from €62
Photo of the Calanques of Cassis, France, by Eschige