8th International Quantum Cascade Laser School and Workshop
IQCLSW 2018, Cassis, France, 2nd-7th Sept. 2018

Venue and Travel


Cassis (French pronunciation: ​[kasi]) is a commune situated east of Marseille in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region in southern France.

It is a popular tourist destination, famous for its cliffs (falaises) and the sheltered inlets called calanques. The wines of Cassis are white and rosé. The town is situated on the Mediterranean coast, about 20 kilometres east of Marseille. Cap Canaille 394 metres, between Cassis and La Ciotat ("the civitas") is one of the highest maritime bluffs in Europe, a sailor’s landmark for millennia. One of its main beach, called "Bestouan" is made cooler by a karstic source.

[**Getting to Cassis*]

Cassis is easily reached through various transport options. The closest and most convenient international airport is MARSEILLE PROVENCE AIRPORT. Further details on how to reach Cassis and its town centre are described in detail at :


To summarise in three steps from the airport:

1) Airport to Marseille Train Station. From the airport take the shuttle bus to Marseille train station (Marseille Saint Charles). This costs 8.30 euros (one way) or 13.40 euros return, and takes typically 25 mins. (There is also a train service but not as regular as the bus). The departure times and plan are shown below:

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Shuttle bus from Marseille Airport to Marseille Train Station (St. Charles)

2) Marseille to Cassis. From Marseille train station take the regional (TER) train to Cassis that runs every 30 minutes for a journey time of 25 mins. This costs 6.30 euros. Timetables can be found at

The shttule bus from the airport arrives at the west end of the station. It is necessary to pass right through the station concourse (past the various shops, McDonalds etc) to the eastern end where TER tickets can be bought from machines.

(The english version of this website does not give the option to leave from Marseille St. Charles but only from Marseille Blancarde. However, the trains do indeed leave from Marseille St. Charles 5 mins before Blancarde).

3) From Cassis train station to Cassis centre, although walkable, a local bus goes to the centre (last stop ’Casino’). This costs 1 euros. The timetable is shown below:

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Bus from Cassis train station to town center (Casino)

If required, taxis in Cassis can be reserved with numbers listed in the attached file (central office and direct numbers):

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Taxi Phone numbers

[**Conference Location*]

Domaine La Dona Tigana

25 Route Pierre Imbert,
13260 Cassis
Website - Domaine la Dona Tigana

The workshop will be held at “DOMAINE DE LA DONA”, 3km from the centre of Cassis. Although walkable, transport through a dedicated mini-bus will be provided each morning and evening to and from the centre (depart – at the top of “Rue de l’Arène”, at the roundabout next to Casino Barrière). For depature times please check the programme.

The Domaine de la Dona is a Vineyard and special event location. It is a personal project of Jean TIGANA, a former French international footballer who played in midfield and managed professional football extensively throughout France, including 52 appearances for the France national football team during the 1980s. Passionate about wine, Mr. TIGANA made the acquisition of more than 10 hectares of vineyards at the foot of the Crown of Charlemagne, and produces PDO Cassis wines in white and pink certified organic farming. As well as an event venue the Dona Tigana estate offers wines of character combining tradition and modernity.