Marseille Calanques walks
The Calanques massif, like all the massifs in the Bouches-du-Rhône, is protected and subject to regulations in the summer period due to the risk of fires from 1st June to 30th September.
Depending on the weather conditions, access is classed according to three levels of risk:
Orange: access to pedestrians is authorised across the whole of the massif, all day
Red: access is limited between 6 am to 11 am, along a 200 m coastal strip
Black: walkers, vehicles and parking are prohibited all day
A system has been put in place by the departmental council and numerous partners for sustainable tourism:
Envie de balade ?(Fancy a walk?): : 0811 20 13 13 (cost of a local call)
Download the free application Myprovence Envie de balade (available from App Store and Android Market)
Access to vehicles is prohibited every weekend and public holiday from mid April to June 2nd and then every day until September 28th in the Calanques of Sormiou, Morgiou and Callelongue.
PROHIBITED ACTIVITIES (all year)
Certain activities are prohibited in order to help preserve a fragile environment: making fire, camping, removing plants, mountain biking (some exceptions), dropping litter, etc. Dogs must be kept on a lead.
Contravening these safety and environmental rules entails a real risk of heavy fines!
Our hills are not always the easiest to negotiate. The trails and footpaths are stony, which, combined with the heat, wind and dry conditions, means appropriate equipment is essential: rucksack, walking shoes, clothes to protect against the wind, rain, cold; do not forget that the weather may change: hats, sunglasses, sun cream, are strongly recommended, as is a first aid kit. A flask (at least 1½ l of liquid per person), a snack or a picnic, if you are leaving for the day.
(source for this paragraph: page six of the walking guide “MRS & ses calanques, spécial balades & randonnées”, F. Lebeault)
WALKS: OUR SUGGESTIONS
The GR 98 links Marseille, leaving from Calanque de Callelongue, to Cassis, around an 11-hour walk.
There are several possibilities for various length hikes, we advise you to use a Topo Guide book or the IGN 1:25000 map of the Calanques in order to prepare your excursion..
The easiest Calanque to access without a private vehicle is Calanque de Sugiton. To get there take bus 21 from L'avenue du Prado, at Castellane, in the direction of Luminy and get off at the terminus. From there follow the walking path (around a 45 minute walk).
Guided walks :
An enthusiastic guide, Jean Marc Nardini, will lead you on a discovery of the natural environment of the Calanques and their history, fauna and flora.
These guided walks, lasting around three hours, are suitable for all levels of ability, from the age of 6/8 years.
These walks can be carried out individually or in groups by appointment and subject to availability. T : 06 77 07 83 36 firstname.lastname@example.org - email@example.com
Mini- cruises in the Calanques : leaving from the Old Port or the Port of Pointe Rouge.
Classic excursions :
Icard maritime : 04 91 330 329 - www.visite-des-calanques.com
Marseille croisière Calanques : 0825 136 800 - www.croisieres-marseille-calanques.com
A la carte excursions :
Bleu Evasion : 06 34 13 74 22 - www.visite-bateau-calanques-marseille-cassis.fr
L'Hydra : 06 61 40 90 72 - www.visite-des-calanques.com
Kayak sea trips :
The kayak is the perfect and original way of visiting the calanques. Individuals and groups: introduction to kayaking, ½ day and full days, discovery courses with the possibility of accommodation. Experienced kayakers: advanced courses, regular kayaking all year.
T: 04 91 73 27 16 / 06 20 46 83 82 firstname.lastname@example.org - www.raskas-kayak.com
On sale at the Tourist Office and Convention Bureau shop:
- 1:15 000 IGN map, great outdoors series, the Calanques from Marseille to Cassis
- Marseille & ses calanques, spécial balades et randonnées, published by Les guides Goursau
- Escalade Calanques, published by Vtopo
- 1:25 000 IGN map, (T3145 ET), topographical map, Marseille les Calanques
- 52 balades en famille autour de Marseille, published by Didier Richard
- Les Calanques, published by Equinoxe