Adventures Ashore: Cassis, France

The famous French poet Frédéric Mistral said that he who has seen Paris and not Cassis has seen nothing. What did he find so special here? Let’s go check it out.

Once only a fishing port, Cassis has become a popular seaside resort. The cool streets along the sea and in the Old Town are brimming with character, and there is no better way to get to know Cassis than to stroll somewhat aimlessly. Wander along the narrow streets of the old town, past shops and restaurants and take in the ambience.

I find the town’s quaint old 17th and 18th century houses to be charming, but what I enjoy most about Cassis is the gorgeous waterfront bustling with activity, tourists and locals alike.

Cassis is known for the quality of its fish and other seafood (sea urchins with Cassis white wine are a local delicacy), and if you’re so-inclined you’ll find lots of seaside cafes to enjoy a bite to eat and a glass of wine.

If that doesn’t grab you, head out to the beach. It’s one of the best in the region, and a great way to pass the time in this iconic French resort.

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