I've talked a little about the Port de Cassis and the beach at Cassis, so now I want to talk about the town. It's a small village with around 10,000 inhabitants. I think my favourite part of any French village is the beautiful brightly (or pastel) painted buildings. They are so fantastic and unique. Every house is different and bring me so much joy!
Not far from the harbour you will find 2 fountains. The first is the 18th century Fontaine des Quatre Nations and the second is the 19th century Fontaine Baragnon. These are situated next to the park which has a cute little duck pond, lovely plants and some benches in the sun & shade. There are often things going on in Cassis, and more often than not, are around this area as well as the port.
The Musée d'Arts and Traditions Populaires (Museum of Arts and Popular Traditions) is also in this area of town. Entrance is free and there are paid guided tours available in French. I haven't yet been to this museum but heard it's worth a visit. Maybe I'll go next time I'm in Cassis!!
On this day trip to Cassis, I went to the church for the first time ever. Situated on Place Saint Michel you will find this beautiful white church with lovely yet simple interiors. I can't believe I've never been as I love a good church!! It looks like it should belong in Santorini, Greece with it's bright white exterior.
I can't talk about a town and not mention the shopping. There are several clothes shops on the harbour and the road coming off that called Avenue Victor Hugo. You can find postcards, clothes, sandals and beach stuff as well as some lovely homeware shops. My parents always go to a small shop selling Provence produce such as Pastis and Tapenade. I think it's called Cassis Provence, but it's situated on Rue Brémond and a good place to buy Ricard glasses and Pastis as souvenirs.
The Tourist Office (Office de Tourisme) is located next to the Beach and Port but I wanted to include it on this page as it has information about the whole town in there. It also sells souvenirs of Cassis such as t-shirts and bags etc.
There is also a little tourist train that takes you around Cassis for around 45 mins and costs €8 per adult. This tourist train runs from around April to November and from around 11am to 6pm. Again, I have never done this, but it seems like a nice idea to sit and chill while you get shown around. Apparently there is French and English commentary aboard the train to explain what things are etc.
I hope you found this a little bit helpful if you're heading over to Cassis for a day or two! Be sure to read my other blog posts on Cassis too for more information and photographs.