Parc National des Calanques

Parc National des Calanques

Parc National des Calanques
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8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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  • Benjamin D
    London, United Kingdom23 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Marseille Calanques Day out
    Beautiful scenery with lovely beaches that are sheltered from the wind in their own little cove, because the water is in the cove it can be a little colder than the usual south of France temperatures so bare that in mind! My biggest advise would be to take a good pair of trainers/ walking shoes as flip flops are not suitable for the walks too and from, the beaches! Luckily on the way back there was a nice guy offering lifts from the bottom of the hill to the top this saved a lot of time after a long day at the beach! A lovely location that you should defiantly check out if you’re near Marseille!
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written August 19, 2023
  • Kopasz T
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Marseille? 10 days - not enough
    A vibrant cosmopolitan city with a strong North African touch, which was a definite plus for me. People were trying hard to speak English with me when my French proved too poor, and they appreciated me trying... This is not a typical touristic city although there are quite a few sights, but if you, like me, are interested in watching people, you will find it fascinating. Prices were reasonable or even cheap, for my often tight, Central European budget. Especially cheeses were dirt cheap... I will definitely go again, (already checking flights). I would strongly advise everybody agains going there in summer, the heat was killing. I am planning my next visit in January... See you there!
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 30, 2023
  • adrien
    Worcestershire, United Kingdom186 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Absolutely beautiful
    Absolutely stunning scenery , felt accomplished after walking to the 3rd Calanques but walking shoes are essential and a walking stick if you are my age . Swim shorts underneath would have been advisable for me but in the heat everything dried off 😃. Highlight of my 5 day break in the area . Walkable from Cassis.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written September 14, 2023
  • Rather_Nomadic
    Panama City, Florida1,820 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wonderful day of hiking and swimming
    We did this as a guided trip off a cruise ship excursion. Large family group with adults, teens and kids. The hiking was nice but we really enjoyed the swimming opportunities. Very limited services inside the park so make sure you bring water and snacks. It was a fun way to spend a day.
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written December 20, 2023
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hcadiou
London, UK24 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020
While the landscape is magnificent, the Natural Park, has not provided an infra structure (paths) to access it.

For a total of 2 euros, a ticket from Castellane, took me via bus 19, then 20, to the last stop ‘Callelongue’.

On arrival, a Natural Park stand, had leaflets for people to take. There was an English version. On one side of the leaflet, there was a history about how the Park came to exist, back in 2012. The question is, 8 years down the line, it is still worth mentioning how painful it was to found the park? or can we accept, that it is now existing and provide help to the visitors to make the best of their visit? There were data on how many animals, plants you could see.

There was a water tap, but if a lady had not asked, there is no way you could possibly guess it existed. How about indicating it on the leaflet, how about sign posting it?

There were a number of ‘paths’, I followed people in front of me, as there were going on a ‘path’ along the sea. It was a black path, but on the map, it did not say how easy/difficult black was. Moreover, the reality is that very quickly, there was no path, which is why I guess it stopped being signed posted. At most we found half a dozen black mark. We were all looking for marks which turn out did not exsit. You had to make your way, the best you could, twisting your ankles, and constantly in the absence of a path working out where to go. Very quickly, I decided that twisting my ankles was not worth it and sat there looking at the magnificent sea in front of me.

A few hours later, I decided to walk back and get home. As there was no path, I went a way which did not allow me to come down to the street. I had to walk back trying not to slip and eventually managed to find my way to the pavement. To be able to do so, at time, I sat down and slid my self to avoid falling off.

I sat down in the shade waiting for a bus. 2 ladies arrived in a car passed my by talking about a green path, which did not figure on the map. I decided to follow them and it turned out that there was a yellow path going in land not along the sea. I decided to give it a try. Initially it was find, but quickly the slope was very steep and as the path was made of gravel, you were sliding in the gravels. Again, I found a tree and decided to sit down and enjoy the view.

To sum it up, while the landscape is magnificant, do not attempt to visit the Callanques on foot, or may be find another location in the Callanques. May be in the mist of it somewhere there is a path allowing you to see some of the birds/plants.
Written September 16, 2020
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James L
Birmingham, UK11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
We took the 3-hour 'Integrale des Calanques' visit by boat from Vieux Port with Croisieres Marseille Calanques. Commentary (in French only) was informative and not too intrusive. Only disappointment was that stops for swimming are only offered in July and August.
Written June 25, 2022
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Merli Ü
Tallinn, Estonia8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022 • Family
Amazing nature. We rented a boat and were taken to amazing locations. Saw multiple Calanque’s and captain was an splendid guide and shared knowledge of local history and nature. Recommend using a guide, it adds so many layers to your trip
Written May 15, 2022
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Tanya C
Surrey, UK522 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019 • Family
Wish we’d had more time to walk/ hike this area as it’s stunning! We took the 2 hour boat trip with family from Casis and it was worth the money. Scenery was wonderful into several quays and along the coast. Plenty to see - lots of rock climbers and boat trip ideal to learn more about the area. Would recommend but for much longer to enjoy all that this area has to offer. Suitable for all age groups.
Written January 2, 2020
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Bill A
Tampa, FL358 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
Our friends that live in the area took us for a day long drive/walk and boat ride here. Just spectacular views - many places to eat and shop. It was hot during late June - but the breeze off the water kept us cool. If you will be doing hiking or walking - best to bring enough water.
Written July 18, 2022
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FrenchNana
Calgary, Canada21 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2019
Incredibly close to the cities, and yet feeling so far away. Not every one is willing to take on those hikes, bit it's really worth it. Hire a local guide, as they are a wealth of information!
Written February 11, 2020
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Thomas V
Oakland, CA16,224 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
One of the great natural wonders of France, we saw these splendid cliffs by water on a little day cruise. Apparently some great hiking is possible. And there are some beaches in the coves. Really gorgeous scenery, unspoiled.
Written July 8, 2020
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jbg74
Saint Paul, MN1,047 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Friends
The Calanques is a beautiful stretch of National Park between Marseille and Cassis. You can either hike between the beaches on the trails or take a boat from Marseille and see everything while enjoying a cruise. I recommend the hiking (and swimming), but the boat tour is nice to especially if you can't do the hiking.
Written May 5, 2023
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Charles B
Toronto, Canada47 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
We visited Provence and the Calanques in May 2019 when we researching our upcoming book "Flavour with Benefits: France".

We took a bus trip down to Cassis from Marseille. The next step was a two hour boat tour of the local bays (Calanques) with their spectacular cliffs and trees. Highly recommended!
Written December 8, 2020
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George H
Switzerland446 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022
The Calanques National Park offers incredible hiking an hour's drive from Marseille, hidden coves of azure water with little pebble beaches. We walked to Calanque d'en Vau on the mind-blowing panoramic route, with a steep descent to the beach on a rocky path (wear decent hiking shoes or trainers at the very least). There are literally no facilities in the park, so bring your own food and water, and take all your rubbish away with you. But the views will stay with you for the rest of your life. Awesome!
Written April 18, 2022
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