Visit the Parc des Calanques: what are the activities to do?
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The Calanques, a world-renowned heritage
Located at the southern gateway to Marseille, the Calanques National Park is a concentrate of the Mediterranean. Created in 2012, the 10th French National Park is a unique place in Europe. It is in fact peri-urban and both land and sea. An exceptional setting that offers breathtaking landscapes and strong emotions.
Sormiou, Callelongue, Morgiou, Sugiton, Marseilleveyre, l'anse des Phocéens, are all enchanting names that smell of summer, cicadas and the sea. The whiteness of the cliffs rhymes here with the green of the maritime pines. Attracting many visitors, its diversity makes it a destination of choice. It allows everyone to find more than enough and to combine sun, land and sea. Access to the park is forbidden to cars during the summer and is highly regulated in order to optimise the preservation of this exceptional site. A Mediterranean jewel, the park includes the Calanques massif, the Riou and Frioul archipelagos, the Ile Verte and the Cap Canaille massif. You can admire the richness of the landscape, observe the preserved fauna and flora, enjoy water sports and get away from the city in no time.
Activities in the Calanques National Park
Among the main activities are hiking and climbing. If the GR51 long-distance hiking trail criss-crosses the Calanques massif, it offers trails for all types of walkers, from the most experienced to the most relaxed. As far as climbing is concerned, there are countless cliffs, an exceptional playground with 3,400 routes. The Calanques are also of course great for swimming, scuba diving and snorkelling in the clear, fish-filled waters of the Mediterranean. To discover this exceptional site by sea, take a boat tour and drop anchor to appreciate all the beauty and tranquillity of this white limestone massif with its undeniable charm.