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The Calanques


The Calanque of Callelongue

The Calanque of Callelong is the first creek of the massive of Marseilleveyre between Marseille and Cassis.
It is located in the southeast end of the 8th district of Marseille at the end of the sea road, after the village of The Goudes

The Calanque of Marseilleveyre

The Calanque of Marseilleveyre, although of very modest size, is a very popular Calanque with its breathtaking view of the Riou island.

The Calanque of Sormiou

The Calanque of Sormiou is one of the most known and most frequented Calanque by the inhabitants of Marseille, it is especially an appreciated rock-climbing spot, however, the most prominent remains En-Vau.

Access is exclusive because the road that leads to this peaceful place is well hidden, as if Marseille reserved its best wealth for connoisseurs. The Calanque of Sormiou is easily accessible to vehicles outside the summer season but the most pleasant discovery is by hiking from the Parc des Baumettes. It is then accessible by the Cayolle or Baumettes. The first enchantment when you go to Sormiou is the climb to the summit of Sormiou. Even if the place is just minutes from the city, the road that leads to the top resembles a mountain pass. The arrival to the summit offers views of the sea and the Riou island, Planier island and Jarre island.

Small feature of this Calanque: it is inhabited (a hundred huts) and conceals a small harbor protected by a breakwater.
its second most striking feature, is the quality of the water that takes shades of turquoise, unimaginable in the Mediterranean. Unfortunately, The Calanque of Sormiou was devastated by a fire during the summer of 1998.

The Calanque of Morgiou

The Calanque of Morgiou is a small typical fishing port, inhabited by a few locals. The nearby Calanque of The Taperie is home to the Cosquer cave whose entrance is 37 meters below the surface. Discovered in 1991 by Henri Cosquer the underground cave contains prehistoric rock paintings dating from 27 000 to 19 000 years BC, they represent both terrestrial and marine animals (bison, goats, horses, seals, penguins...).

The Calanque of Sugiton

The beach is characterized by the Rock of The Torpilleur (or The Cygne) which emerges near the shore. Naturism is practiced.
Warning: do not confuse with La Calanques des Pierres Tombées (immediately to the east of Sugiton).

The Calanque of En-Vau

The Calanque of En-Vau is undoubtedly one of the finest and most impressive coves with cliffs (it is especially appreciated of rock climbers). A beach of sand and pebbles immersed in a turquoise crystal clear water. The course is athletic and is dedicated to confirmed walkers. But The Calanque is worth it !

The Calanque of Port-Pin

The Calanque of Port Pin is a beautiful creek and it is easy to access, so very busy.
It is accessed from The Calanque of Port-Miou. A lovely small sandy beach and pebble awaits you and invites you to swim in the turquoise water. But be careful of the path: limestone, polished by the many visitors, has become extremely slipping.

The Calanque of Port-Miou

The peninsula, along the creek, is an excellent starting point for The Calanques of Port-Pin (30 min walk) and En-Vau (1h30 walk) and a very pleasant place to spend the day as many activities are proposed: canoe rental, access to the sea, gourmet restaurant, beach restaurant and tennis club.