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Cassis Loop Walk

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A lovely loop walk to the Calanques and back via the peaceful Cassis vineyards.
11,3 km
5:00 u
660 m
660 m

Commencing in an industrial town that has seen better days for its shipyards, the route climbs rapidly through quiet urban streets to the cliff edge at a historical signal post. The remainder of the route closely follows the cliff edge, with massive rock outcrops and convulsions of terrain, until it descends a hanging valley of low scrub to join urban streets and quiet back ways to your destination.

A taxi journey from your hotel in Cassis starts your day, the earlier the better. A smooth 20 min ride will leave you at the end of the Chemin de Semaphore overlooking the disused dockyards of La Ciotat. Look backwards as you approach the Semaphore Station for a view of Les Trois Secs, Le Bec de l'Aigle and Isle Verte and within an hour you will be standing at the observation table next to the white signal station. Turning inland, you can review your routes of the previous three days as the path snakes along the Cliffs of Soubeyranes, passing Grande Tete and Cap Canaille. On reaching the Belvedere des Calanques, you descend through the quiet valley beneath La Route des Cretes before finally joining the quiet back road by the vineyards of Cassis.

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Hoogste punt
379 m
Laagste punt
8 m
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Always check the weather before setting off, and take heed of any paths that have been closed by the authorities.

Temperatures in Provence can soar, and you can't always rely on passing a water supply on your walk. Take at least 2 litres of water per person, perhaps even more on very hot days. Do not wait until you are thirsty to drink, and take regular sips as you go.

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There is no where to pick up food or drink along the way so a picnic and plenty of water is necessary. You can ask you hotel to provide this (always ask upon check-in) or you can pick up supplies from the local bakery or supermarket before setting off.

Points of Interest

1) Le Bec de L'Aigle - or Eagle's Beak, is so named after its profile when viewed from the sea.

2) Sapeurs-Pompiers - The Fire Services in France are known as “sapeurs-pompiers” except in Marseille where they are “marins-pompiers”, and trace their origins back to Napoleon's military engineers. However, the great majority of France's 250,000 firefighters, some 95%, are civilians of whom 80% are volunteers. Like the Fire Service, the Securite Civile is part of the French Ministry of Interior, and it provides emergency capability of a more specialised nature; coast guard, bomb disposal, mountain rescue, air ambulance. In Provence perhaps its most visible presence is the yellow and red, amphibious water-bomber, the CL415 “Superscoop” which replenishes its supplies with a brief touchdown on the nearest suitable stretch of open water during operations.

3) Cap Canaille - is the headland overlooking Cassis, where can be found the Falaises de Soubeyrannes, the highest sea cliffs in France.

4) Cassis Wine - Not to be confused with the liqueur Creme de Cassis, the fresh white wines of the area tend to be consumed locally. Having suffered in the devastating European plague of plant louse in 1865, its former reputation for dessert wines changed when the stock was rebuilt with vines from the United States



Car park, Avenue Mujel, La Ciotat (20 m)
43.167288, 5.605576
43°10'02.2"N 5°36'20.1"E
31T 711804 4782688


Harbour, Cassis


Inform your taxi driver you wish to be dropped at the car park at the end of Avenue Mujel.

START: Stand in the entrance of the car park facing the sign “Parc du Mujel” and “Calanques du Mujel” with the shipyards below and to your left.

0.00km - TURN RIGHT, towards the rock formations. Turn right again at the sign “Chemin de la Calanques du Mujel” and join Avenue du Mujel until the junction with Avenue Figuerolles. Turn right downhill until the junction with “Chemin (ND) de la Garde”, turn left uphill and you glimpse the signal station on the cliff above. The Avenue du Semaphore and yellow flashes commence, follow both until the junction of the stoney footpath with the minor tarmac road.

2.40km - BEAR LEFT on to the footpath following the yellow flashes until the Semaphore Station.

3.60km - BEAR RIGHT downhill with the yellow flashes which lead back up to a tarmac road and orientation table. Continue on the tarmac road to the wooden signpost to “Cassis” indicating down the stoney path with yellow flashes. Continue on the path until the tarmac road and viewpoint.

5.30km - BEAR LEFT downhill on the cliff path and continue to follow the yellow flashes until a large concrete car park with a drainage channel and signpost at a large bend in the tarmac road.

7.20km - BEAR RIGHT along the tarmac road. Within 100m at a second car park with cistern 41 leave the car park at a gravel path with a large boulder and a wood and wire fence. Bear right and keep the fence immediately on your right following yellow flashes until a path junction at the end of the wire fence by a small stone cairn. Obey the yellow flash on the fence post and take a sharp right, bearing left a little later at some posts with wire fencing. Continue on the wide gravel path until the tarmac road.

8.90km - TURN LEFT downhill on the tarmac road. CAUTION: Fast traffic. Follow yellow flashes around the S bend with cistern 4 just off the junction. Continue down the steep road towards Cassis and look for the wooden telegraph pole with green fencing behind and a white/red GR sign at a minor road junction on your left.

9.60km - SHARP LEFT into a narrow tarmac lane “Av du Revestel”. Follow the white/red GR signs down this steep lane and continue until the first roundabout then turn left into “Rue de l'Arene" until the waterfront of Cassis.

11.30km - FINISH: Cassis Harbour


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Take a taxi to La Ciotat, this should be booked and paid for locally. Just ask your Cassis hotel and they will be able to organise this for you.


43.167288, 5.605576
43°10'02.2"N 5°36'20.1"E
31T 711804 4782688
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Sturdy and comfortable walking boots or shoes are a must. You may like walking poles to assist with the descents.

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Pe Mar 
10.06.2018 · Community
Haben die Tour von Cassis aus gestartet. Wunderschöner Weg mit vielen Stellen wo man rasten und das Panorama geniessen kann. Wer diese Tour geht sollte jedoch schwindelfrei sein. An manchen Stellen recht schmale ungesicherte Passagen.
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