Parc National des Calanques

Parc National des Calanques

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doctorbobster
Gainesville, FL954 contributions
Nov 2021
Visiting a Marseillean local, we were escorted to the Parc National des Calanques for a four hour hike. We left suitably impressed. Read on for details.

Located on the outskirts of Marseille, the PNdC is wildly popular with the locals and will get crowded when people are on vacation and on weekends. Mid-week with local schools on holiday, there were many familiies with children. Parking can also be challenging.

The hikes from will take you up moderately steep terrain that is rocky and irregular. Reliable shoes are essential and a solid hiking stick a good idea. Downhills can be more challenging that uphills.

Reaching the crest, you have great views of the coastline and water. We hiked down to the water, explored and then returned. It was pleasantly challenging.

Plan ahead: carry water and suitable snacks for energy. Wear sunscreen. Anticipate delayering and re-layering of your clothes
Written November 12, 2021
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David G
London, UK19 contributions
Aug 2022 • Family
You have three choices from Vieux Port. Two trips are 2½ hours long, but one allows you to swim from the boat (subject to Ts and Cs), the other is a 3½ hour trip that takes you along the coast as far as Cassis. We did the 2½ trip on one day (to see how my family coped with boats) and then followed it up by doing the full trip later. The scenery is quite literally breathtaking with clear, turquoise water and the majestic cliffs rising from the sea. The various bays and inlets hiding small beaches, give way to the rising cliffs with trees and bushes capping them in some places. Of all the excursions available from Marseilles, this is the one that we all agreed was the best.
Written August 3, 2022
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James L
Birmingham, UK11 contributions
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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hcadiou
London, UK22 contributions
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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Merli Ü
Tallinn, Estonia6 contributions
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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Bill A
Tampa, FL369 contributions
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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Tanya C
Surrey, UK520 contributions
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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George H
Switzerland437 contributions
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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FrenchNana
Calgary, Canada23 contributions
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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Charles B
Toronto, Canada42 contributions
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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