The calanques, at the heart of an untamed paradise

The calanques, at the heart of an untamed paradise

An exceptional historical site where getaways of rare beauty lead straight to a marine paradise.

The massive coastline of Marseille and its surrounding calanques extends over 20km along the Mediterranean Sea. This remarkable site is a major draw for millions of visitors.

From the small village of Madrague to the town of Cassis, the calanque inlets or creeks offer breath-taking views and numerous sports activities. Millions of years old, these coastal fractures have given rise to a rugged landscape of caves, cliffs, and sharp rocks. The calanques offer rare moments of natural beauty to visitors, who access these unique sites by boat, car, or on foot. For example, it takes two-and-a-half hours by foot along a marked path to reach the Marseilleveyre calanque and a view of the islands of the Riou archipelago well worth the effort.

Also worth a visit is the small fishing port in the Sormiou calanque, with its turquoise waters and sandy beach. Other spectacular calanques include Morgiou, Sugiton, Port-Miou, Port-Pin, and En Vau.

Tourism Office
11 La Canebière
13001 Marseille