The Little Prince

Kaartje Calanque de Port MiouThe circuit of the Petit Prince is a short walk on the Presqu'ïle, about a kilometer from the center of Cassis. There are 12 information boards with explanation about the Calanques. You have beautiful views of the Calanque de Port Miou and Cap Canaille.

This walk is open to everyone. The total length is about 2 km. Count on an hour to complete this walk.

There is a car park on the Presqu'ile (P on the map opposite). You may also park the car by the side of the road. Please keep in mind that in high season there will probably be few free places to be found.

Jachthaven Port Miou

The walk is named after Le Petit Prince, a novel by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, who in 1944 took part in the last exploration for the landing of the Allied troops. His plane disappeared into the sea on July 31, 1944 off the coast of Cassis. It was found only in 2008, which put an end to this mysterious disappearance.

The Calanque de Port Miou was used as a quarry in the early 20th century. The limestone has, among others, been used for the construction of the base of the Statue of Liberty in New York and the quay of Alexandria.

The sea water is colder than one would expect because a number of streams with water from the mountains behind flows through an underground network in the sea here. One of the largest flows into the Calanques de Port Miou. Another debouches in the water near the Plage du Bestouan, just west of Cassis.