Discover the calanque
An idyllic setting, a haven of peace
A beach of white sand and pebbles, crystal-clear water reflecting the blue of the sky and the green of the forest, dazzling white rock, shaded by pine trees…It’s almost a world-creation landscape! Narrow and deep, it winds through the rock and its waters are cool, as everywhere in the calanques. Port-Pin is one of the few creeks with trees in the massif: bathing enthusiasts should arrive early in the summer to be able to spread out their towels as it is very popular!
The path to get there follows the GR98-51 itinerary: it is the easiest path (marked in red and white, it also leads to the En-Vau calanque).
Be careful, some rocks have a patina due to the heavy use of the site, and many roots require good footwear. Access to the site is along the old Port-Miou quarry and along the path which, after a small hill, leads back down to Port-Pin.
A bit of history
This limestone known as “Cassis stone” is found in the old quarry that you walk along to access the calanque. It has a beautiful light beige colour, luminous, tending towards orange, and is very resistant. Omnipresent in Marseille, it was chosen for the paving of squares, the base of monuments, the edge of pavements… And of course for the kitchen sink, traditionally called “la pile”. The quarry was exploited from the 18th century to the beginning of the 1980s: the remains of the excavations attest to this along the path from the Port-Miou cove to the Pointe Cacau.