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Guided walking in the Calanques National Park,
a unique site in Western Europe

Above Calanque de Sormiou

This easy trail will allow you to get some beautiful views over one of the largest inlets that are called calanques along the Provence coastline : Sormiou, an amphitheater, with white limestone cliffs as terrace seats, the sea as stage and the little port and its cottages as orchestra. Starting from a southern district of Marseille, you find yourself after 45 minutes walking, in the heart of Calanques National Park, staring down to the Calanque de Sormiou‘s turquoise blue waters, 250 meters below, and gazing at the red roofs of its ‘cabanons’, these little fishermen’s cottages clustered at the back of both coves and towered over by rocky promontories. Guided walking in the calanques guided walking in the calanques

Walking time : 2 hours 
Rating : leisurely (stony ground)
Price (per person) : €50 (4 people) / €60 (3 people) /
€85 (2 people) / €160 (1 person)

 

Come and discover the strawberry tree and other year end plants

This botanical walk will be an opportunity to get to know some species of plants showing their flowers or fruits at the end of the year in the Calanques National Park. You will see especially the strawberry tree whose little white bells and red berries embellish, then, the so-called ‘garrigue’, the evergreen shrubby vegetation of the area. Moreover, the trail will offer you the pleasure of admiring the Calanque de Sugiton from the top of Falaise des Toits, more than 200 meters above the sea. From October 20th to January 6th.

The ‘Esprit parc national’ brand has been attributed to this guided walk.

Walking time : 2 hours
Rating : leisurely (stony ground)
Price (per person) : €50 (4 people) / €60 (3 people) / 
€85 (2 people) / €160 (1 person)

Port-Pin and Port-Miou,
the first two calanques from Cassis

Rich in heritage, this colorful walking path allows a soft approach of the eastern calanques : an ideal cocktail to discover, understand, and therefore appreciate all the peculiarities of the Calanques National Park, while enjoying the beauty of Provence seascapes, as our view stretches over the sea to Marseille’s islands and Calanque d’En-Vau. Starting from the bustling fishing port of Cassis, you will soon be up the Plateau de la Fontasse, covered with kermes oak where you will take advantage of the scenic view on the towering cliffs of Cap Canaille. Two kilometers further, you will reach the pebble little beach of Calanque de Port-Pin, this rocky inlet surrounded by pine trees. On the way back, the trail runs along Calanque de Port-Miou and its natural marina. 

 

Walking time : 3 hours 
Rating : leisurely (stony ground)
Price (per person) : €50 (4 people) / €60 (3 people) /
€85 (2 people) / €160 (1 person)

 

Calanque de Sugiton :
a little jewel, so close, so far

This hike is just over 3 hours long but you surely need the entire day to get the full benefit of it : when you are sat on its pebble little beach or on the rock towering over its turquoise-blue waters, it is hard to leave Calanque de Sugiton ! Before walking down to the two-cove calanque, located in the heart of Calanques National Park, you can see it from atop the rocks, in the distance, a viewpoint from where the panorama is opening over the bay : what a breathtaking view over Calanque de Morgiou, on the other side !  One of Provence’s little treasures.

Walking time : 3.5 hours 
Rating : moderate (stony ground)
Price (per person) : €75 (4 people) / €90 (3 people) / €125 (2 people) / €240 (1 person)

 

En-Vau : the pearl of
Calanques National Park

Calanque d’En-Vau, with its brilliant-turquoise waters surrounded by sheer white cliffs, is a paradise for hikers and rock climbers. On this walking day, you will have the opportunity to admire this Provence natural wonder from three different viewpoints : two from the top, the first one being located directly in line with En-Vau, as shown on the picture, allowing a view of the whole ; the second, right above, offers a view from the side, quite different but very scenic as well ; the third is from the bottom, as you lie on the beach, where the scene of natural beauty is different again. On your way to the small, bustling fishing port of Cassis, you will discover two other beautiful calanques : Port-Pin and Port-Miou, the last one being a natural marina, home to sailboats on half of its length.

Walking time : 4.5 hours
Rating : challenging (stony ground)
Price (per person) : €75 (4 people) / €90 (3 people) /
€125 (2 people) / €240 (1 person)

In the heart of the Calanques

This large-scale hike favours the discovery of the remarkable biodiversity and gorgeous landscapes of the Massif des Calanques. Starting from the middle of a plateau, a varied route leads you down to the sea, to the beach of Calanque d’En-Vau, at the bottom of impressive cliffs. Later, the fantastic Devenson trail, overhanging the shore, more than 1,000 feet below, provides outstanding views over the famous calanque and over four lesser-known ones. As you walk further west, the Grande Candelle, this emblematic summit of the massif, becomes more and more imposing and beautiful.
The ‘Esprit parc national’ brand has been attributed to this guided walk.

Walking time : 6 hours
Rating : medium-difficult (2,500 feet elevation gain, rocky sections)
Price (per person) : €75 (4 people) / €90 (3 people) / €125 (2 people) / €240 (1 person)

All across the Calanques National Park

This day hike is unrivalled for its seascapes. From the University district of Marseille to the village of Cassis, you will be walking, through the Massif des Calanques, 12 miles over stony paths, enjoying several dozens of breathtaking views, from at least three levels : the sea level, the top of the bluffs, and, in-between, the balcony trail. Within 7 hours, you will have the chance to watch all the most famous Provence calanques pass before your eyes : Sormiou, Morgiou, Sugiton, Calanque du Devenson, En-Vau, Port-Pin and Port-Miou. Nothing more needs saying.

Walking time
: 6.5 hours
Rating : difficult (steep ascents/descents, rocky sections)
Price (per person) : €75 (4 people) / €90 (3 people) /
€125 (2 people) / €240 (1 person)