21 February 2021  |  Holidays, Nature , Tourism

Wonders of nature; les calanques

A unique place in France… Unique and exceptional landscapes in the Provence-Alpes-Côte-d'Azur region, the creeks are a must for your holidays.

Coves, fine sandy beaches, turquoise water, it is the perfect place for sunbathing, exploring the seabed, hiking or other water activities. Some are more accessible than others, it is important to inquire beforehand.

How to access the creeks?

Visiting the creeks cannot be improvised, so it is best to organize your excursion to avoid unpleasant surprises. It is important to bring walking shoes and appropriate clothing, many creeks are difficult to access.

If you visit the creeks in summer, it is important to bring plenty of water and sun protection.

Tips: Prefer your excursion in the morning in the cool. The days in the middle of summer can be very hot and the paths are rarely in the shade. Plan your excursion in the spring, there will be fewer people than in the middle of summer and the heat will be less stifling.

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A postcard, the creeks

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 nearby Calanque Morgiou from a belvedere 500 meters away. However, access is not easy and we recommend good shoes. 

Calanque de Sugiton

2 - Calanque d’En-Vau 

It serves as a model for many postcards. Take the height and climb to the belvedere of En-Vau, you will find a spectacular view. At the bottom of the creek, many bathers take advantage of the pebble beach. However, it is difficult to find a place in the middle of summer… due to the large number of tourists.

Calanque d'En-Vau

3 et 4 - Calanques de Morgiou et Calanques de Sormiou

Calanques emblematic neighbors of Marseille. You will find a small port in Morgiou with bar and restaurants. Several trails pass through Morgiou, such as the old GR which leads to Cape Morgiou.

Sormiou is privileged for its diving and hiking. The bravest can climb to the Morgiou ridge to admire the panorama.

5 - Calanque Port-Pin

Victim of its success it is very busy in summer, we advise you to come and discover this very tree-lined creek in spring. It is accessible on foot from the cove of Port-Miou.

Calanque Por-Pin

6 - Calanque Port-Miou

Famous creek of Cassis, with its long port. On the other side we can observe an old limestone quarry.

7 - Calanque de Marseilleveyre

Composed of a beach of small pebbles and sand, a few cabins, a bar restaurant supplied by the sea. Located at the top of Marseilleveyre at 432m and Malvallon which connects the Col de la Selle to the sea (the valley burned in 2013) The arid climate with plenty of sunshine gives way to vegetation composed of aloes, prickly pears and succulents. Marseilleveyre allows you to get away from it all just an hour's walk away, facing the Riou archipelago with a view as far as Cap Canaille.

8 - Mouine Calanque

It is halfway between the Col du Semaphore and the Calanque de Marseilleveyre. It is not very sheltered and it is the first encountered on the coastal path. Shallow it is reminiscent of a small aquarium with its share of fish, shells and sea urchins.

A sunset not to be missed!

During your journey, do not miss the famous Cap Canaille, a unique panorama that is worth the detour. Cap Canaille is called the Route des Crêtes. It is the highest sea cliff in Europe. A wonderful drive with plenty of parking areas on the way to take in the views over the town of Cassis and beyond.

Tip: For a moment out of time, we advise you to admire the sun setting on a summer evening. Magic moment guaranteed!

Cap Canaille - Route des Crêtes

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Amélie Roca

I am a Community Manager for Pure France as well as the host of Pure France TV, presenting high quality rental homes all over France.

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