Rte Gineste With Bus

Access to the Calanques

Access to the Calanques is regulated because this part of  Marseille is unique and preserved. Find out all the conditions of access to the Calanques National Park, before enjoying its exceptional landscapes. A walk in the Calanques is worth it!  You will first have to get to the start of the different access paths, which are more or less easy, and then start your descent to finally reach the different creeks. Don’t forget that this is a medium mountain massif and it is preferable to be prepared and well equipped.

Reaching the gates of the Calanques

By public transport

If you come by public transport, you will have to walk down to the Calanque you want. It is essential to have hiking shoes, a sufficient supply of water and, depending on the season, to wear a hat and sunglasses.

From Place Castellane (metro line 1 or 2 or tram line 3) – take Bus n°19 to the terminus ” Madrague de Montredon”( the GR 98 starts here). Then there is the bus n°20 which ends its journey at  Callelongue.
From 27 May to 3 September 2023, there will be a shuttle service running directly between La Pointe-Rouge and Les Goudes.
Departure from La Pointe-Rouge: from 8.50am to 7.50pm (departures every hour)
Departure from Les Goudes: from 9.20am to 8.20pm (departures every hour)

From the Prado roundabout ( metro line 2 direction Sainte-Marguerite – stop” Rond-Point du Prado”) take the bus n°23, stop ” La Cayolle”, continue on foot along the road to reach the Calanque path. You can also get there by bus n°22 ( as if to get to the Calanque de Morgiou), stop ” les Baumettes” then walk to the Parc des Baumettes ( follow the direction Calanque de Sormiou).

From the Prado roundabout (métro line 2 direction Sainte-Marguerite – stop”Rond-point du Prado”) take the  bus n°22 to the  terminus “Les Baumettes”. Continue on foot to the  Parc des Baumettes and then follow the direction of Calanque de Morgiou.

By car

Only a few calanques are accessible by car (only during certain periods of the year). It is recommended to get closer to the massif by public transport, then to walk ( be careful even on foot sometimes the massif is closed!). Parking spaces are limited and the  traffic is heavy depending on the period.

   Please note that access to the Calanques massif (and all the massifs in the Bouches du Rhône in general) is regulated by prefectoral decree.

The Sormiou, Morgiou and Callelongue roads are closed to motorised traffic from 7am to 7pm:

– Every day from 19 April to 5 May
– Every weekend in May
– Every public holiday and bank holiday in May (8, 9, 10 and 20 May)
– Every day from 1 June to 1 September
– Every Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday in September

It is possible to go by the seaside taking the Corniche Kennedy and to continue straight along the coast to and through the village of ‘Les Goudes’. Continue straight ahead on this road: you feel like  you are at the end of the world! And you reach the Calanque of Callelongue. The few parking spaces and the heavy traffic on week-ends and during the summer season make taking the bus the best choice.

You will have to go to the Cayolle district where you will find a parking lot (be careful, it is not supervised and it is recommended not to leave anything  lying around inside the cars). The Calanque can be reached by car only during low season and under certain conditions.

The Calanque can be reached by car only during low season and under certain conditions. You will have to reach the Baumettes neighborhood, just after the prison ( about 1 hour walk from the parking lot.

The hiking trail starts near Luminy university campus in the 9th district, just after the Superior School of Fine Arts and Architecture: the parking lot is in front. It takes about 1 hour to walk.
Since 2022, access to the Calanque de Sugiton has been by reservation only.
Find out more here.

  • Route des Crêtes between Cassis and la Ciotat

Between 1 June and 30 September, on “red” days, the D141 departmental road, known as the “route des crêtes”, is closed to motorised traffic. This is also the case during extraordinary weather events. For these 3 cases, the “mes calanques” mobile application provides real-time information.

Visit the calanques

to each his own way

By boat

It is possible to visit the creeks by boat from the Old Port or the ‘Pointe-Rouge’. Several companies offer boat trips: they all have an authorization issued by the Calanques National Park. Cruise boats, canoes, kayaks, private hire of motor boats, there is something for everyone!

Be careful, access by sea is also regulated, so if you want to go by your own means to check with the  Calanques National Park before, and to check the weather. People of Marseille know it well: the wind of Marseille (called the Mistral) and the swell can occur suddenly!

By foot

It is of course possible to discover the Calanques of Marseille on foot, and to enjoy magnificent hikes. There are many paths leading to the creeks, some steeper and more complicated than others. That’s why it’s important to be well informed before starting. From the ‘Côte Bleue’ to the  Calanques National Park,  all these walks are more beautiful than the others.

Since 2022, the Calanque de Sugiton has only been accessible by reservation during the summer season. For 2024 :
15, 16, 22 and 23 June
Every day in July and August
7, 8, 14 and 15 September

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