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Calanques National Park, a natural jewel near Marseille. Guide, info

Calanques National Park

The Calanques National Park is one of the most fascinating and evocative places, just outside Marseille.
A real natural jewel set up with the aim of preserving wildlife and natural habitat.

The Calanques are the ideal place for those who love nature. For those wishing to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city (not too far from here, among other things).
Established only in 2012, it is the youngest National Park in France. Today, there are 11 in total across the country.

In addition to the numerous protected species (there are at least 140 of them), you will be able to admire extraordinary cliffs and cliffs overlooking the sea, between crystal clear waters and turquoise sea.
A place full of history, thanks to the presence of many prehistoric sites, wrecks and rather ancient caves.

Today, thanks to its extraordinary cultural and landscape heritage, different habitats and its incredible biodiversity, the Calanchi National Park is one of the most beautiful natural places in the South of the country
The ideal place to relax, but also for lovers of extreme activities and sports. There really is something for all tastes: from climbing, to trekking routes, to excursions and kayaking trips.

Calanques National Park



Access to the Calanques National Park is totally free and there is no type of ticket.
Exceptions are private tours, boat trips and excursions that involve costs, where indicated.

The site is open every day of the year, from Monday to Sunday, 24 hours a day.


The National Park is a protected area and it is mandatory to maintain appropriate behavior for the place.
It is essential to equip yourself in the best way, bearing in mind that there are no toilets or commercial activities throughout the site. The beaches are unsupervised and lack all services.
Always wear comfortable shoes: you really walk a lot.
Do not miss in your backpack a bottle of at least 2 liters of water, enough food, creams and sunscreens.

It is preferable to use public transport to reach the National Park


The best time to admire flora and fauna is in spring and autumn, when the temperatures are really pleasant.
If you want to combine a dip in one of its renowned coves (Sugiton, Maseillevevre), July is the best time. Keep in mind, however, that in the height of summer and on weekends, the coves are literally besieged by tourists.


From June to September, due to the weather conditions and the high probability of fires, access to the Park is regulated through specific signs, which can be consulted on the official website.

  • BLACK SIGN: Access is prohibited.
  • RED SIGN: access is only possible between 06:00 and 11:00.
  • ORANGE SIGN: admission allowed for the whole day.

Before visiting the site, it is good to update yourself through the official portal.

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