21 February 2021  |  Holidays, Nature , Tourism

Wonders of nature; les calanques

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Come and discover the beautiful and intriguing 'calanques' of the Provençal Mediterranean coastline. The calanques are a series of natural, steep-walled coastal inlets that can be enjoyed by hikers or from their fine sandy beaches or from spectacular boat rides.

Some of the calanques are more accessible than others, so it is important to find out beforehand which are best to visit.

How to access the creeks?

Plan your visit well! Walking shoes and appropriate clothing are essential, many creeks are difficult to access. If you visit the creeks in summer, bring plenty of water and sun protection ! Early morning visits may be quite cool but days in the middle of summer can be very hot and the paths are rarely in the shade.

Spring is the ideal time to visit with less crowds and a cooler temperature. Download the app "Mes Calanques", where you will find all the practical information for your visits. (transport, accommodation, access, services, etc.)

Postcards of the calanques

1 - Calanque Sugiton

It is one of the most impressive, located between Marseille and Cassis. The panorama from the cliffs is breathtaking, with a view of the neighboring calanque Morgiou 500 meters away.

Calanque de Sugiton

2 - Calanque En-Vau

Possibly the most picturesque of the calanques. Climb to the top of En-Vau for spectacular views. For swimmers, there is a small pebble beach. However, it can be difficult to find a place in the middle of summer… due to the large number of tourists.

Calanque d'En-Vau

3 and 4 - Calanques de Morgiou and Calanques de Sormiou

Neighbouring calanques typical of the Marseille region. There's a small port in Morgiou with a bar and restaurants. Several trails pass through Morgiou, which leads to Cape Morgiou. Sormiou is ideal for hiking and diving. Climb to the Morgiou ridge to take in the panoramic views.


5 - Calanque Port-Pin

A victim of its own success, it is very busy in summer. Spring is the ideal time to visit this particular calanque. Accessible on foot from the Port-Miou calanque.

Calanque Por-Pin

6 - Calanque Port-Miou

Calanque de Cassis, famous for its long harbor and a sunset not to be missed! The Cap Canaille is called the Route of Crests. It is the highest sea cliff in Europe. A magnificent road with many parking areas from which to admire the view over the city of Cassis and beyond.

For an unforgettable experience, visit the calanques and watch the spectacular sunsets.

The calanques can also be visited from the sea with daily boat trips leaving from the beautiful harbour town of Cassis.

Cap Canaille - Route des Crêtes

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Amélie Roca

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