Starting point for the hike to the summit of Béouveyre
The starting point is at the terminus of bus 19, at Madrague de Montredon.
You need to cross the road and drive along it a little to reach the entrance to the Adrienne Delavigne park. You will cross an inconspicuous threshold, marked by a brown sign indicating to motorists that they are entering the terrestrial heart of the Parc National des Calanques.
Here, you are in a protected, fragile and exceptional natural area where you need to adapt your behaviour to respect the fauna, flora and inhabitants. Here are a few of the most essential: keep your rubbish with you, don't smoke, make a fire or barbecue, switch off your connected loudspeaker, etc.
The German wall
It is in fact a series of three rows of reinforced concrete that can still be seen on either side of the road. During the Second World War, these walls were used to block the road and filter traffic out of Marseille, towards Les Goudes and Callelongue.
Adrienne Delavigne Park
The Parc Adrienne Delavigne is part of the département's estate and provides access to a number of hiking trails.
It used to be a quarry. Between 1960 and 1970, the site was home to a camp of gypsies, who lived in very precarious buildings adjacent to a vast rubbish dump where the wrecks of numerous cars had accumulated. After the gypsies were forced to leave, the site was filled in with fill to create the park we know today. Today, the park is popular with Sunday walkers, joggers and birthday parties. It has a bowling green and flat shaded areas ideal for a picnic under a pine tree.
Follow the blue route
It's precisely the blue markings that will guide you to the coveted summit. Once you've spotted the markers, it's time to attack! You begin to follow the path, walking under tall pine trees. At the same time, the path is lined with many shrubs, such as heather, kermes oak, pistachio, cottony rockrose...
The fork in the road
Stay on the blue path.
From this point onwards, the pine trees become rarer and the real climb begins. You enter a more mineral area. The climb is very steep. Do not turn right onto the GR 51 - GR 98 (marked red and white or black).
The summit of Béouveyre
The name Béouveyre comes from the Provençal and means "a beautiful view": "Béou" > beautiful and "Veyre" > to see. At 366 metres, it is certainly lower than Marseilleveyre, which rises to 432 metres, but the hiker is treated to a stunning 180-degree panoramic view.
On the right, you can see Marseille as far as the eye can see, with the neighbouring districts of Montredon, Pastré and Pointe-Rouge in the foreground.
Facing you is the small hill of Mont-Rose, with the Madrague de Montredon district and the Samena cove nestling on either side. In the background, the Frioul archipelago and the Côte Bleue in the distance.
Then to the left, a vast view of the Saint-Michel valley, the Rocher des Goudes and the Pas de la Demi-Lune. And to top it all off, the majestic Riou archipelago with its string of islands.
As for the vegetation, the strong winds that sweep the summit from the north and east prevent it from growing vertically. Like the other highest points in the Calanques massif, Béouveyre is bare. There are just a few dry grasses, a rosemary bush and small bunches of immortelle flowers, which bloom between May and June.
The way back down
To leave the summit of Béouveyre, descend following the brown markings to the Col Moutte.
Le Col Moutte
From Col Moutte, leave the brown markings and follow the yellow route downhill.
It is a rock in the shape of a small candle, situated at an altitude of 224 metres, along the yellow route that links the Calanque des Trous to the Col des Chèvres.
Dominique Piazza, inventor of the photographic postcard, was the first president and founder, along with publisher Paul Ruat, of the Société des Excursionnistes Marseillais.
Crossing with the President's Trail and the GR 51-98
Before leaving the yellow path, admire the "landart" creation below, made from stones to form a fish.
Continue for 500 metres along the GR51-98 (marked in black or red and white), also known as the "President's path", which leads from Samena to Callelongue. It's a beautiful, easy route, all on a balcony, and the path is dedicated to Antoine Pellicé, who was president of the Excursionnistes Marseillais for 29 years. This association has existed since 24 January 1897, making it one of the oldest and most important excursionist societies in France. The President's path takes you along the meandering Chemin des Goudes, past a number of small valleys.
Club Alpin trail
Leave the Président Pellicié path and follow the wide path down towards the village of Les Goudes. On the left, you can admire the Goudes fort.
Fortin des Goudes
The village of Les Goudes is surrounded by numerous military remains. This fortress dates from the late 19th century and was built following Napoleon III's crushing defeat at Sedan in 1871. It is part of a defence system designed by Raymond Adolphe Séré de Rivières, a great French military engineer and general. It is the "Vauban" of the 19th century.
The site was reused by Hitler's army during the Second World War as part of the Mediterranean Wall, a system of coastal fortifications between the towns of Cerbère (in the Pyrénées Orientales) and Menton (Alpes-Maritimes), designed to prevent an invasion by the Allies.