A few facts about the Calanques:

  • Ranked #3 of 173 things to do in Marseille by Lonely Planet travellers (#1 by Hello :)
  • The calanques consists of limes tone cliffs, fjords and rocky promontories plunging into the Mediterranean, for about 20 km of coastline immediately to the south-east of Marseille.
  • Amazing views, and perfect for water sports, hiking, kayaking and cultural activities
  • Top 5 most beautiful nature sites in south west Europe (with Porquerolles island in front of Hyeres 120 km away east from Marseille, Amalfi coast in front of Capri, and Massif de l’Esterel close to Nice)

How to get to the Calanques without a tour guide:

Sugiton:

To get to the Sugiton Calanques, you can take the bus 21 from Centre Bourse (shopping centre) to the last stop, Luminy. The bus stops at the university campus where there is a large car park, in front of the entrance gate to the park. From here it is about half an hour’s hike to reach the cliffs + 20 min on the right to reach the Rock Fortress with beautiful viewpoint, or 30min down to the sea for a fresh swim in crystal clear water and picnic.

How to get to the Calanques with a tour guide (Nabil):

Guided Tour with Nabil who is a Certified National Trekking guide and provides extensive details about the Calanques, its history, discovery and diversity of the environment.

 

Make a reservation with any of the Hello Marseille staff. Nabil can be contacted on 0660748164 or emailed on nabilusorientalis@yahoo.fr. At least two guests are required for hiking and four for kayaking.

IMPORTANT!

Do not smoke, do not pollute the Calanques, it is a precious natural park.

Inform each guest who is going to the Calanques to ensure they have the following:

 

  • Hiking shoes
  • Backpack
  • Windstopper
  • Food
  • At least 2L of water
  • Hat
  • Sun cream
  • Camera

 

The usual meeting point when going with Nabil is Madrague Montedon. You can get there by:

  • taking the Metro to Rond Point de Prado and then the bus 19 to the Madrague Montredon terminal,
  • or in summer, get the nice little boat trip to “Pointe Rouge” for 3 euros (every hour; tickets to get on board)

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