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Calanques

Hike, paddle, or simply sit and gaze upon the incredible white limestone cliffs, inlets and coves that have inspired many of France’s greatest artists.

No visit to Marseille is complete without experiencing the truly awe-inspiring natural beauty of the Calanques National Park. Generations of painters and poets have been drawn to these dramatic limestone cliffs, inlets and coves. The calanques are the perfect day trip from Marseille, and can be seen from roadside observation points, or by hiking or sea kayaking. 

In 2012 the calanques were designated as a national park due to their wild beauty and the unique habitats they support. The park begins within Marseille’s city limits and stretches for 12 miles (20 kilometers) south to the town of Cassis. 

There are numerous ways to experience the calanques. Book a ticket on the Blue Coast train from Marseille and simply enjoy the passing calanque landscape from your window seat. Or, join one of the many informative guided boat tours which leave daily from Marseille’s Vieux Port.

Rent a car and drive to two of the most popular calanques, Sormiou and Morgiou. Both offer panoramic lookouts just short distances from the parking lots. Sormiou features a beach, seafood restaurants and small harbor, while the picturesque settlement of Morgiou has swimming inlets.

One of the best ways to explore this incredible region is on foot. Follow the miles of marked trails and enjoy the hundreds of plant species which thrive in this arid landscape. Keep an eye out for foxes, rabbits, sea turtles and dolphins, and look to the skies for eagles and falcons.

Be sure to pack plenty of water before hitting the trails and avoid the exposed cliff faces on windy days. Don’t be put off by cloudy weather, as the white cliffs are often at their photographic best on overcast days when crowd numbers are down. Most calanques are closed in the hottest summer months due to risk of forest fire. 

Allow at least a day to properly experience the calanques, including travel time there and back.


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Marseille, Provence - Alpes - Cote d'Azur
     
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    Located in 9th Arrondissement, this villa is within 3 mi (5 km) of Calanque Sormiou, Calanques National Park, and La Corniche. Massif des Calanques and Parc du Roy d'Espagne are also within 3 mi (5 km).

    House With Pool in the Heart of the Calanques
    House With Pool in the Heart of the Calanques

    House With Pool in the Heart of the Calanques

    Marseille, Provence - Alpes - Cote d'Azur
       
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      This family-friendly Marseille vacation home is located in a rural location, within 1 mi (2 km) of Parc du Roy d'Espagne and Calanques National Park. Calanque Sormiou and La Corniche are also within 3 mi (5 km).

      Appart 60m2 / Calanques / Sea / Calm / In the Middle of Pines / Balcony / Very Pretty
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      Marseille, Provence - Alpes - Cote d'Azur
         
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        Located in 9th Arrondissement, this romantic apartment building is within 3 mi (5 km) of Calanques National Park, Calanque Sormiou, and La Corniche. Borely Park and Velodrome Stadium are also within 3 mi (5 km).

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        Apartment all Redone in the Park Creeks

        Apartment all Redone in the Park Creeks

        Marseille, Provence - Alpes - Cote d'Azur
           
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          Located in 9th Arrondissement, this apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Parc du Roy d'Espagne and Calanques National Park. Calanque Sormiou and La Corniche are also within 3 mi (5 km).

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          Marseille, Provence - Alpes - Cote d'Azur
             
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            Located in 9th Arrondissement, this vacation home is within 3 mi (5 km) of Calanques National Park, Calanque Sormiou, and La Corniche. Borely Park and Velodrome Stadium are also within 3 mi (5 km).

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            Charming Flat With Terrace, a few Steps Away From the Calanques - W479

            Charming Flat With Terrace, a few Steps Away From the Calanques - W479

            Marseille, Provence - Alpes - Cote d'Azur
               
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              Located in 9th Arrondissement, this apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Parc du Roy d'Espagne and Calanques National Park. La Corniche and Calanque Sormiou are also within 3 mi (5 km).

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              House OF Architect Close Parc DES Calanques

              House OF Architect Close Parc DES Calanques

              Marseille, Provence - Alpes - Cote d'Azur
                 
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                This family-friendly Marseille vacation home is located in 9th Arrondissement, within 1 mi (2 km) of Parc du Roy d'Espagne and Calanques National Park. La Corniche and Calanque Sormiou are also within 3 mi (5 km).

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                Hotel 96

                96 Avenue de la Soude, Marseille, Bouches-du-Rhone
                   
                  3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in 9th Arrondissement, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Parc du Roy d'Espagne, Musee d'Art Contemporain, and Borely Park. Escale Borely and Calanque Sormiou are also within 3 mi (5 km).