The natural jewel of Provence
The National Park of the Calanques is a splendid place to explore on foot by land or by boat from the sea. Between Marseille and Cassis by more than 20 km of marked trails, the Calanques are limestone cliffs that plunge into the Mediterranean. This protected site extending over 4000 hectares.
A calanques is a particular geological formation in the form of a deep valley with steep sides, partially submerged by the sea.
The national park was established in 2012. It is the first suburban national park in Europe both terrestrial and marine.
In summer, the forest areas are more exposed to risk of fire. Thus, to protect walkers and sites, access to forest areas is regulated. More informations here.