The Calanques is a wild mountain landscape in the South of France, at the foot of the Mediterranean. The scenery is characterised by tall, jagged limestone cliffs that roll into the sea. Hikes in the region reveal coves of crystal clear water, paths lined with scrubland and pine trees, incredible ridges, breathtaking rock formations and many fascinating animals, from raptors to cormorants.
A calanque is a cove bordered by a steep slope. This geological phenomenon repeats along the coast between Marseille and La Ciotat, creating the Calanques National Park. You can discover this protected area along a set of trails.
In this Collection, I present 10 day hikes. Each route is classified according to its length, but make sure you check the elevation gain before starting: some are short, but steep. Generally, the Tours are geared towards physically fit hikers and aren’t recommended for children or beginners. I advise wearing technical hiking shoes that you find comfortable. The hikes are not necessarily long, but the terrain is often rocky and exposed and you should be comfortable with climbing.
You can catch the bus to all of the routes. I’ve given more details about the bus lines and stops in the respective stage descriptions. There aren’t many roads leading to the Calanques and it’s a shame to overload them with traffic.
Finally, I recommend doing these hikes in spring, autumn or winter. In summer, the high temperatures and abundance of tourists in the creeks make the walk much less pleasant. Remember to take enough water with you in any season as you won’t find any on the way – at least 1.5 litres (2.6 pts) of water per person, per half day of walking.
In 2022, the Calanques National Park celebrated its 10th anniversary. Let's keep celebrating by going hiking on its incredible trails.
This pretty loop takes you to discover three notable caves in the Marseilleveyre massif. From cliffs to summits, you will be amazed! The route starts from Callelongue, which you can easily reach from Marseille thanks to the bus line n°20 (“Callelongue” stop).
After crossing the village, the path rises…
This loop is aerial and spectacular. It has some relatively easy climbing sections, which do not require any specific equipment, but are suitable for those of you who are comfortable in this type of environment. The B1 and 21JET bus lines take you to the Luminy campus, the start of this hike.
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This hike takes you to Cap Morgiou, a veritable belvedere over the Calanques. On the program for this loop: ridge paths, a pretty creek, and spectacular viewpoints. The B1 and 21JET bus lines allow you to reach the Luminy campus, where the hike begins.
From the campus, the path begins by rising gently…
Between rocky paths and creeks with crystal clear waters, this hike will take you to discover the Marseilleveyre massif and its wildest corners. The route begins at chemin des Goudes, a stone's throw from the “Castellane” stop for bus 19.
The first half of the route is the most demanding, with in particular…
This circuit takes you to the top of the two highest peaks of the Marseilleveyre massif via pretty panoramic paths. Departure is from Boulevard Louis Pierotti, a stone's throw from the “Sormiou-Jarre” bus 23 stop.
You start in the forest, on a pretty path that winds between the pines. The rock quickly…
This pretty loop makes you discover the superb Cirque des Valkyries. Between passages on the rock side, easy climbing and panoramic views, you are going to enjoy it. Departure is from Boulevard Louis Pierotti, a stone's throw from the “Sormiou-Jarre” bus 23 stop.
The circuit begins in the forest. Proceed…
This magnificent loop takes you to the highest point of the Calanques massif, Mont Puget. The viewpoints follow one another up to the belvedere of Sugiton, the real highlight of this hike. Departure is from the Gineste road, “La Gineste” stop on the M08 bus line.
From the start of the hike, you are on…
This hike takes you to a well-known - but no less incredible - viewpoint over the creeks: the belvedere of En Vau. The route starts at Logisson, on the road to Gineste. You can get there by bus (“Carpagne Ginestre” stop on line M08) or by car.
You first climb to the Col de la Gardiole, then alternate…
This superb loop combines aerial ridge trails and cliffside scrambling. If you suffer from vertigo, it is better to fall back on another circuit. The route starts at Le Logisson, on the Gineste road, at the “Carpagne Ginestre” stop on the M08 bus line.
You start by climbing to the Col de la Gardiole…
Crossing the Calanques is a classic - in one way or the other. It is quite special to be able to cross the National Park from one end to the other in one day. Here, I suggest a route that follows the GR 98 from Marseille to Cassis. It is of course possible to split the route into two separate hiking…
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