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Great Day Trip from Marseille: the Calanques of Cassis

Saturday, January 16th, 2010

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.

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Photo of the Calanques of Cassis, France, by Eschige

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Venere Travel Blog writer morgan hille

Morgan is a recent graduate of journalism and dance. She is writing and traveling until she runs out of ideas.

3 responses to “Great Day Trip from Marseille: the Calanques of Cassis”

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  1. Marion says:
    January 20th, 2010 at 16:59

    Shame on me! :-D I’m from Marseille and I’ve never been to the Calanques of Cassis (I only know the beach and the old town). Well, I’ll surely visit them the next time I go home… However, I just want to add that you don’t have to go out of Marseille to visit beautiful calanques. You can take a bus to the neighborhood of Luminy, La Cayolle, Les Beaumettes or Callelongue from the city center (check the website of the RTM – Marseille’s public transportation network – to know which bus to take). From there, you can follow different hiking trails to the beautiful Sugiton (the only one I’ve visited), Sorgiou and Morgiou Calanques. Just one tip: Before going hiking always check at the Marseille Tourism Board if access to the Calanques is allowed because they are access restrictions according to the day, season and weather conditions.

    Cheers from Milan!

    PS: I still follow you guys… and miss you! :-)

  2. Susan says:
    January 28th, 2010 at 23:43

    @Marion, we miss you too!

  3. Morgan says:
    January 29th, 2010 at 02:25

    Marion- Thanks for the great addition! It’s nice to hear from you too :)

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