From Cassis to La Ciotat, The Route of the Ridges

A genuine alternative itinerary for lovers of sweeping panoramas, of freedom and vertigo, the Route of the Ridges (La Route des Crêtes) is well known to the inhabitants of Cassis to La Ciotat. Starting from Cassis, by car, a few minutes suffice to take you to the summit of the limestone cliffs plunging steeply into the little harbor, 300 meters below… In the distance, the landscape stretches from Marseille to La Ciotat, providing the majestic sight of the mountains, the cliffs and the Mediterranean islands.
By Emma Sebbag
All along the route that snakes through the Soubeyran mountains, small rest areas have been installed where you can park, then take on foot the rocky tracks to get as close as possible to the edge of the cliffs. A magical moment to enjoy the calm, the serenity and the silence in front of one of the most beautiful vistas offered by the Mediterranean, whatever the time or the season. The sky opening on to the sea is to be contemplated when it’s cloudy over violent waves, or during a flamboyant sunset over a glassy sea. However, a little warning: on very windy days, to limit the risk of accidents on this open road with no crash barrier, access to the ridges is closed.

Over the course of the trip, the lookouts open 360 degrees over the sea and the mountains, on to a shifting and majestic panorama, between rocks and wild scrubland. A few not-to-be-missed spots: the lookout at Cap Canaille, halfway between the two towns; one of the highest sea cliffs in Europe (394 meters altitude), La Vigie (driving back towards La Ciotat); and just before you reach destination, the “Pont Natural” or natural stone bridge, where aside from the arch that gave its name to the site, you can admire the Saint Baume mountain chain, and in a rocky setting, a few equipped sites for climbing enthusiasts in the quarries.

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Office du Tourisme de Cassis
www.ot-cassis.com
 
Office du Tourisme de La Ciotat
www.tourisme-laciotat.com 

From Cassis to La Ciotat, The Route of the Ridges
From Cassis to La Ciotat, The Route of the Ridges

A high altitude getaway

Photography José Nicolas

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