Provence
Français / English

Cassis

A port and famous "calanques"

Cassis (Provence)Cassis is a tourist town in the department of Bouches-du-Rhone, about 20 km east of Marseille. Famous for its cliffs and creeks, it is also known for its wines Cassis (white, but also pink) products in the region.

The Cap Canaille, located between Cassis and La Ciotat is the highest sea cliffs in Europe. It rises to 394 metres. Cassis is 11 km of coastline and 2 sites : the Calanques since 1975 and Cap Canaille since 1989. You may admire these two sites, and city, from the "routes des Crêtes", linking Cassis and La Ciotat.

The stone Cassis is a limestone color orange very good, which was once used in the streets of Marseille to carry out public works because of its extreme resistance. This stone was used also to carry out the base of the Statue of Liberty in New York. This limestone owes its color to the presence of iron oxides. This feature makes this a stone ore sought for the sculpture. The exploitation of the stone from Cassis began in ancient times. Over the centuries several quarries were opened and then abandoned. Obviously, tourism, which today has become the main wealth of Cassis.

Pictures of Cassis

Cassis - Le port Cassis - Les calanques Cassis - route des Crêtes Cassis - Entrée du port Cassis - Le Château Cap-Canaille

Around Cassis

Marseille - La Ciotat - Calanques - Giens - Carqueiranne - Bormes les Mimosas - Grimaud - Salon de Provence - Bandol - Le château d'If - Sanary sur Mer - Six Fours les Plages -

Other cities in Provence