We walked into Cassis from the campsite just over a mile and all downhill. Cassis is a very picturesque fishing harbour has a couple of shingle beaches, overlooked by a 14th century chateau, (now a hotel) and a place to catch a boat to explore the Calanques.
The Calanques is a 20km stretch of high rocky promontories rising from the Mediterranean sea and the sheer cliffs are interspersed by small inlets with idyllic beaches, that can only be reached by boat or a long hike.
We queued for about 15 minutes in order to purchase a ticket for a boat trip to see 5 of the Calanques and then sat and waited at the quayside for 40 minutes before the boat was due to leave in order to get at the front of the queue and gain a good seat on the boat. Just before the boat that we were told to take came in, we were all called over to another boat and as we all stampeded along the quay to three berths along we ended up in the middle of the queue. Then to cap it all as we were boarding, Tony had the wrong ticket in his hand and had to hold up the pushing and shoving queue all clambering for the best seat on the boat to dig out the correct ticket from his wallet which was hidden in his bag for safety! By this time, we were almost at the back of the queue but thankfully, we did get a seat outside even if it wasn’t at the front or on the top of the boat as we would have liked. Not very British at all! It was a very enjoyable boat trip and the Calanques are amazing, beautiful crystal clear water surrounded by sheer cliffs.
We spent the afternoon on the beach reading and sunbathing and enjoyed a cool off in the sea, before taking a stroll through the town and sitting at a bar with a beer and a glass of cold Cassis white wine, watching the world go by and preparing for our very uphill climb back to the campsite.