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.

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Depending on the weather conditions, access is classed according to three levels of risk:


Access roads to Calanques of Sormiou, Morgiou and Callelongue are regulated by municipal laws.

To protect the Calanques and allow the circulation of emergency and emergency vehicles,  the access roads to Callelongue (Boulevard Alexandre Delabre – 13 008 Marseille), Sormiou (former rural road n ° 20 -13 008 Marseille) and Morgiou (former rural road No. 4 -13 009 Marseille) is regulated by municipal law. From the weekend of Easter and until the end of October.


Certain activities are prohibited in order to help preserve a fragile environment: making fire, camping, removing plants, mountain biking, 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)


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).

Our bibliography

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

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