Route des Cretes
Route des Cretes
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Bob_the_cat13
Cairns, Australia255 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Did this drive today from Cassis to La Ciotat. Even on an overcast and drizzly day the views were spectacular, but they would obviously be magical. I have driven some difficult roads in the past, the Gillies Range in Australia, the haas pass in New Zealand and most recently drove to Kotor in Montenegro. In comparison, this road is relatively straight forward. Sure there are some bends and tight hairpin turns and perhaps in summer when there is a higher volume of traffic it could be more troublesome, but we found the drive pretty straight forward. I would absolutely recommend this drive.
Written May 2, 2024
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Schlauberger1846
Castroville, TX374 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2019
If you visit Cassis on the coast of Provence, you must take the Route des Cretes road above Cassis. You slowly climb over a thousand feet and have fantastic view of the Mediterranean. The drive takes about 30-40 minutes, and you can park and get out at several places along the way. Be sure and stop just above Cassis and walk out to the edge of the vertical cliffs for a breathtaking view of Cassis. Eventually, you descend to the town of Ciotat.
Written August 29, 2020
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5220Cedar
Begnins, Switzerland5 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2017 • Friends
This is a setting of stunning natural beauty however thieves continue to operate in the parking areas. Our car was parked close to the road and within the 15 minutes we were admiring the view, thieves had smashed a window and taken our belongings. If the police are unwilling or unable to operate surveillance cameras or patrol the area in person, signs should be posted warning visitors not to leave anything in the car. I am posting this review to hopefully save future visitors the aggravation and stress this event has caused us. What started as a lovely day out turned into a shocking and expensive lesson. I cannot understand why the mayor and gendarmes aren't doing more to protect locals and visitors from these thugs!
Written April 23, 2017
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Steve Y
Beuningen, The Netherlands40 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2018 • Couples
If you are comfortable driving on winding roads , some on cliff edges and not very wide, this is a must do. The views are excellent and more that worth the effort. We did the drive in both directions several times over a few days, always seeing something new. Once we encountered a coach coming the other way just before a hairpin bend, which was a bit tense, but otherwise, as long as you drive carefully it is quite easy. You can also walk from Cassis to La Ciotat, which basically follows the route, but off road. This is quite a serious walk, steep and rocky, but very rewarding. We did it in stages as it can take very many hours despite only being some 11 kilometers, Each time setiing off from a different viewing area, and returning to the car again.The walk is not for children or inexperienced walkers and strong walking boots are essential. For drivers there are several panorama points with parking.
Written September 27, 2018
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dgjohansson
Ronneby, Sweden1,591 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2018 • Couples
It is a nice road to take as a detour in the area. Depending on what you are looking for, the starting point and time of day might be of interest. I drove it from Cassis to La Ciotat in the afternoon. The good thing about this is that you'll have the sun in your back while driving and the cliffs will be lit up, the downside will be that views directly towards the eastern bays and islands might be against the sun. I wouldn't any way recommend going the other way in the afternoon since you will have the sun towards you even when driving. If you go in the morning, you should start in La Ciotat, but from what I saw, the lighting of the cliffs and nature will not be as good as in the afternoon. There might be good sunsets in the evening, but I still recommend going from Cassis anyway and stop at the parking areas. There is one bigger parking spot in the Cassis end of the road. There are other smaller, roadside stops big enough for 1-3 cars here and there, but only one major parking spot with information boards and room for plenty of cars. If you drive point to point it will take you 30 min, but most likely you will stop at least at one point, so set aside at least 1h. No fences at the cliffs btw so walk carefully. It's a long way down!
Written July 9, 2018
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Josef W
Bellingham, WA1,156 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2018 • Friends
One of the most enchanting ways to drive to Marseille, particularly if you come from Aix-en-Provence, is to first drive to La Ciotat, then take the Route des Crêtes D141 from La Ciotat to Cassis, it is only about 15km/10miles and takes about 30 minutes plus time spent at the lookouts. The route follows the Falaises/Cliffs of Cape Canailles from the Bay of La Ciotat to the Bay of Cassis. Make sure NOT to take the D408, which is a fast, non-scenic route. In La Ciotat, you see signs leading you to the Route des Crêtes. Stop at the various look-outs and gaze into the cliffs, sometimes straight down. A memory to treasure for a long time.
Written June 30, 2018
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Ellen L
Thornton, CO584 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2018 • Couples
We have been to Cassis on 3 separate occasions and each time we took the opportunity to drive the Route des Cretes. This time we got to introduce friends to this magical drive. The views are breathtaking and if you go early in the morning, the stopping points are virtually empty. On a clear day, you feel as if the views are endless and the color and clarity of the water unparalleled.
Written April 23, 2018
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Armando E
Toronto, Canada35 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2014
I have done the most scenic beautiful views from La Ciotat to Cassis on my way to Saint Tropez I could not resist to stop on the road many times You can have beautiful views of Calanques both sides of Cassis and near by La Ciotat I also stopped and walked for a while one of the trails the views of the mountains are spectacular both sides of the road The best part of the road is right in the middle of the 2 cities Try to drive carefully because the road does not have 2 lanes and has many curves I would go by to this road again and this time of the year you can see many wild flowers on the side of the road it is a must see road if you go by Cassis Another cute small and pretty village

Written May 20, 2014
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Fabou1307
London, UK76 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2019 • Couples
Whether it is your first time in France or nor, you must go through the 15 kms through the mountains with sea views to Cassis or La Ciotat. It takes a good 35 minutes but you can stop, enjoy the views over the Mediterranean sea, take some wonderful pictures !
Written October 25, 2019
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Michael K
Atlanta, GA72 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2018
I have driven many roads rated in the top drives of the world and this one is in the top bracket. Make sure to travel with the sun at your back for the best colors. We ended up on the road close to noon and still breathtaking. Everyone in our party said it was like being in a movie. Drive slow and enjoy. Make sure to pull off when you see other cars for the vistas are worth it.
Written July 31, 2018
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