Route des crêtes, Cassis.

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Route des Crêtes


The 'Road of Crests' offers heart-stopping panoramas as it traverses the 13 winding kilometres of stunning coastal and upland scenery between Cassis and La Ciotat. Enter from the D559 near Cassis, or the junction with av Marcel Camusso in La Ciotat.

Entry to the road will be closed in bad weather (it's very exposed, and cars have been blown over the 300m-high cliff).

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Nearby Cassis attractions

1. Cap Canaille

0.89 MILES

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2. En-Vau, Port-Pin & Port-Miou

2.92 MILES

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3. Parc National des Calanques


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4. Calanque de Morgiou

6.25 MILES

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5. Calanque de Sormiou

7.25 MILES

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6. Musée d’Art Contemporain

9.74 MILES

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7. La Cité Radieuse

9.84 MILES

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