Discover the calanque
A corner of paradise in the heart of the calanques
Narrow, deep and secret, it can be reached on foot in about an hour from the Luminy massif. It can be reached by car via a vertiginous pass, worthy of a mountain pass. It is advisable to make sure of the access conditions in the calanques
before you start, because the regulations are very strict, especially in summer.
You can also visit the calanques by sea with the shuttles from the Vieux Port of Marseille.
Nature trails, a popular climbing area
The small pebble beach is just a few minutes away, allowing easy access to the fresh, crystal clear water of the calanque. It is often difficult to find a place to lay out one’s bath towel, so it is necessary to walk a little further and find a welcoming rock from which one can bathe. The inhabitants of Marseilles know that the water in the calanques is colder than elsewhere, due to an underground spring, or to the mistral wind blowing the day before, or even because of the underwater relief: refreshment is always guaranteed!
The GR98-51 crosses the cove and allows you to reach the Sugiton cove to the east in about 45 minutes. This path, very beautiful, has rocks with a patina, slippery due to the frequentation of hikers: it requires real hiking shoes.
It is not surprising to hear, as we walk, clattering and voices coming from nowhere: it is the climbers above our heads who are tackling the ledges, overhangs and other crevices in routes of one or more lengths.
On the opposite bank, the same hiking path climbs towards the Renard pass to the west, in the direction of Cap Morgiou, and joins the crest path. An easy stroll will take you to the Triperie cove, whose walls are impressively round and vertical. A magnificent panorama awaits you at the tip of the cape, over the string of calanques, the Devenson, and in the distance the red cliffs of Cap Canaille in Cassis. This is the domain of the gulls and the crows of the cliffs, which are here less disturbed by walkers.