The ancient fishing village of Cassis is located just outside Marseille. It’s a really beautiful but laid back and friendly place to visit… a bit like St-Tropez without the attitude!
The harbour area is the prettiest part of Cassis. Cassis is still a small fishing port, but the small fishing boats now share the harbor with the big luxurious yachts that you see all the way on the French Riviera. In the harbour, you will also be able to find tourist boats that will take you to visit the Calanques, the amazing Mediterranean fjords which I was telling you about yesterday (see post here).
We had a walk through the streets of the old village. Many buildings dates back from the 16th century (this old fountain below dates back from 1785) and are almost all in the amazing colorful pastels of Provence.
And oh oui… people are still playing ‘petanque‘. It is not just for the tourists ;)
An impressive old castel, the Chateaux de la Maison des Baux, dominates the harbour.
Cassis also has a small beach, just outside the port (and I heard that there is a also nudist beach not too far away..), where we lied down for a limoncello, lavander and blackcurrant (= ‘cassis’ in French) ice cream. God I love the summer!