Calanques National Park

Calanques National Park: Our most recommended tours and activities

Marseille CityPass: 24 Hours, 48 Hours or 72 Hours

1. Marseille CityPass: 24 Hours, 48 Hours or 72 Hours

The City Pass Marseille is valid for 24 hours, 48 hours, or 72 hours and allows access to many attractions, museums, trains, boats, guided tours, public transport tickets, and more. This pass is dedicated to individual visitors who wish to discover Marseille with an all-inclusive package. The visitor presents the pass at the museum entrance or at the start of a tour and gets the keys to the city. Enjoy discounts at certified shops and activity partners as well. • Unlimited access to public transports for the duration of the pass• Numerous discounts and tasting in partner stores • Numerous discounts for tourist and cultural activities of providers • Access to MUCEM (closed on Tuesdays) • Access to Regards de Provence museum (closed on Mondays)• Crossing to the If or Frioul Islands OR one tour with the hop-on hop-off Colorbüs tour • Visit to If Castle (subject to weather – closed on Mondays during winter months)• A tour in the Touristic Train to Notre-Dame de la Garde or through the Old Marseille • A free guided tour of the Metropolitan Tourist Office is included in the CityPass 72 hours and with a 30% discount for the 24 hours and 48 hours CityPass, valid only for visits at 10€ (reservation is required, subject to avaibility and not included in the offer are La Cité Radieuse / Le Corbusier and private visits)• Reduced rates for children (6 to 12 years old) The municipal museums are free of charge all year (with reduced prices for temporary exhibitions when you have this pass)

From Marseille: Calanques National Park Eco Boat Cruise

2. From Marseille: Calanques National Park Eco Boat Cruise

Start your boat tour from Marseille's old port. Cruise south in a quiet hybrid-electric boat across the beautiful Bay of Marseille. Learn about the city's history and its main monuments on your way to the national park. Arrive at the gates of Calanques, la Baie des Singes (Monkeys Bay). Follow the scenic passage between Maïre Island and the Croisette Cap. Start your boat trip along Calanques's 20-kilometer (12-mile) stretch of coastline, between the village of Les Goudes and the town of Cassis. Admire the majestic scenery, from the limestone cliffs overlooking untouched inlets to the tiny fishing ports dotted with little cabanons (traditional Provençal cabins). During the boat tour, enjoy free to swim and explore the underwater world, as well as rest and have a pleasant lunch onboard. See why Calanques got its name from the Provençal word, "calanco", for a valley carved by a river before reaching the sea and discover the park's caves. See the paleolithic Cosquer Cave, the Blue Grotto, and the Capelan Cave. Spot the numerous fossils encrusted in the limestone.  Learn about how the fossils were formed one hundred million years ago with the accumulation of sediment in the seabed and then pushed up during the Tertiary Period, when the Alps took shape. Look at how erosion has accentuated rocky rifts and given birth to the rugged landscape you see today.

From Marseille: E-Bike Ride to Calanque de Sormiou

3. From Marseille: E-Bike Ride to Calanque de Sormiou

Meet your guide in the morning near Pointe Rouge Beach for the start of a small group (maximum 10 people) e-bike ride towards Calanque de Sormiou in the beautiful Calanques National Park. Get outfitted with a helmet and a modern electric mountain bike equipped for smooth riding that allows you to pedal, cruise or try a combination of both. Then, set off along the small roads of Calanques National Park and discover an area of high ecological importance restricted to general traffic. Head towards the paradise location of Calanque de Sormiou, known for its trails with views of the majestic limestone mountains and Mediterranean Sea. Learn the history of the strategic location, and look at the natural curiosities of the area, such as wild flowers of radiant beauty. Benefit from an itinerary that takes full advantage of the unique natural environment. Between May and October, get the chance to swim or rest on the beach. Then, return to Pointe Rouge Beach through the stunning coves of the massif.

Marseille: Old Schooner Sunset Sailing Cruise

4. Marseille: Old Schooner Sunset Sailing Cruise

See Marseille from an entirely new perspective on the deck of a towering vintage schooner sailboat. Discover the landscapes of the Mediterranean coast and the beauty of the Frioul Islands and the Bay of Marseille. Start your evening with a glass of rosé and some snacks while taking in the views of the French coast from the impressive historical sailboat. Start the sailing excursion and stop for a refreshing swim near Frioul Island. Sit back and relax on the sail back to the port as you listen to music.

Aix-en-Provence: Cassis boat ride and wine tasting day tour

5. Aix-en-Provence: Cassis boat ride and wine tasting day tour

Explore the charming Cassis and its seaside port on this full-day guided tour. Enjoy a boat ride, awe-inspiring scenery, a visit to a local winery to taste Provence rosé, red, and white wines, and more. Meet your guide in Aix-en-Provence to journey to the seaside port of Cassis. Discover this inviting portside village and the Calanques, listed by UNESCO as a world heritage national park. Follow your guide on a walking tour of the village, stroll through the narrow streets of Cassis, and browse the small shops and stores that sell local Provence goods. The tour continues with a panoramic boat ride to the Calanques, located near Cassis. From the small port, reach the Calanques National Park that stretches from Marseille to Cassis, and admire the beautiful coves of the steep rocky coast. After the boat ride, enjoy some free time for exploring Cassis and have lunch (own expense). No tour to Cassis is complete without a drive along the Route des Crêtes. As you leave Cassis, head up towards the highest sea cliff in Europe, Cap Canaille. Your guide will stop in one of the many areas for taking in the views over the village and the surrounding Mediterranean Sea. After the drive to Cap Canaille, enjoy a wine tasting session in the Côtes de Provence – Sainte Victoire. This terroir is ideal for the production of elegant rosé wines and robust and generous red wines. Take in the gorgeous view with the Montagne Sainte Victoire in the back and limestone plateaus, often planted with olive trees. Learn about the winery and its winemaking process. Depending on the winery visited, continue your tasting with reds or whites. After the wine tasting session, you will be dropped off in the city center of Aix-en-Provence.

From Marseille: Calanques National Park E-Mountain Bike Tour

6. From Marseille: Calanques National Park E-Mountain Bike Tour

Familiarize yourself with the modern electric mountain bikes before you depart Marseille and head towards the rugged terrain of Calanques National Park. Pedal through the beautiful park of the Château Pastré. Then, cycle the mountain trails of Montagne de l’Aigle. Arrive at Parc de la Fontaine d’Ivoire and marvel at the beautiful scenery as you bike up and down the hills. Get a stunning view of the Calanque de Sormiou from the Col de Cortiou mountain pass, and then ascend a steep road with the help of your electric bike before you make your way back towards civilization. Ride along the Crête des Escampons between Marseille and the stunning Massif des Calanques. Continue through the southern suburb of Roy d’Espagne to arrive back at Pointe Rouge harbor in Marseille city center.

Marseille: Sunset Sailing Cruise with Dinner and Drinks

7. Marseille: Sunset Sailing Cruise with Dinner and Drinks

Board the boat at Vieux-Port, in front of Marseille’s city hall. Sail past Château d’If and admire a perfect view of Notre-Dame de la Garde on your way to the Bay of Marseille. Hear about the area's history and local culture from the crew on board. Anchor in a nice secluded cove within the Frioul archipelago, and go swimming in the crystal clear waters. Climb back on board to enjoy a light dinner buffet made from organic, seasonal local produce. Enjoy two glasses of rosé with your meal. After dinner, relax on board and admire the sunset with music playing in the background. You will then start heading back to the Vieux-Port.

Marseille: Calanques National Park Sailing Cruise with Lunch

8. Marseille: Calanques National Park Sailing Cruise with Lunch

Board the boat at Vieux-Port, in front of Marseille’s city hall. Enjoy fruit juice and coffee served by the crew. Then set sail for the Bay of Marseille. Hear about the area's history and local culture from the crew on board. Anchor near a rocky inlet called a calanque, and go snorkeling in the crystal clear waters. Around midday break for an aperitif, and an exquisite lunch buffet made from organic, seasonal local produce. Enjoy two glasses of rosé with your meal. After lunch, continue to the Riou Archipelago and stop at a second scenic spot to swim and take in the scenery. You will then start heading back to the Vieux-Port. If you are interested, the friendly crew will be happy to give you an introduction to sailing.

Marseille: Afternoon Boat Trip in Marseille's Calanques

9. Marseille: Afternoon Boat Trip in Marseille's Calanques

At 1 PM, you'll arrive at the meeting point Quai d’honneur in front of Marseille’s main city hall. Then, you'll depart, crossing the Bay of Marseille in the local partner's comfortable hybrid electric boat. Hear about the cultural aspects of the area from your captain, who is also your tour guide. You'll soon reach the gates of the Calanques, la 'Baie des Singes' (The Monkey's Bay). This amazing passage between Maïre Island and the Croisette Cap is the start of the National Parc des Calanques, a national park since 2012. The Calanques covers a 20-kilometer stretch of coastline between the village of Les Goudes and the town of Cassis. It's one of the most remarkable sites in France and an important area for natural heritage and sporting activities. Once you reach a nice spot, anchor and go for a swim in the heart of the Calanques. The setting is truly majestic with limestone cliffs, untouched inlets, and tiny fishing ports dotted with 'cabanons' (typical provençal cabins). Afterwards you'll return to the port, arriving around 6 PM.

La Ciotat: Caving in Calanques National Park Half-Day Tour

10. La Ciotat: Caving in Calanques National Park Half-Day Tour

Discover caving in the cave of the great Draïoun and see a breathtaking view of the creeks in the Calanques National Park. Cave with a guide and adventure into the dark. Hear about the underground world's mysteries and learn from your guide about the unique and protected environment. Get your kit on and take a short approach walk through the surrounding nature in the park before entering the cave. Appreciate the silence as you head into the cool, dark space. Explore the caves and see the stalactites and stalagmites that have formed over many thousand years. Observe the rocks and concretions as you walk through the area.

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What people are saying about Calanques National Park

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 2,450 reviews

Great experience to visit Calanques. The bikes were in good condition: it withstood road, gravel, and sandy paths going to the park. The guide, Cyrill, explained each path we were gonna take and recommended the e-bike mode to use in each section. There were ascents and descents alike, some were near cliffs so you have to take extra caution since there could be incoming cars as well. Cyrill gave us ample time to take photos and enjoy the scenery. We first were given time to trek through Monkey Bay, and we had free time (30 mins) to bathe in the creek too. It took us 3 and a half hours to finish the entire tour. Lucky me as I was able to join a group who rides bikes fast enough.

La journée était superbe et le capitaine était très sympathique! Nous avons aussi appris davantage sur l’histoire de Marseille et des calanques suivie d’une excellente baignade dans la mer! Merci beaucoup pour cette magnifique journée et n’hésitez surtout pas à prendre vos billets.

We had a very pleasant ride with Franc, our guide. He made sure he explained in details how the e-bike works. Beautiful sceneries on the way and the guide made sure he gave us a bit of history for each place.

This was a fantastic half-day trip. We really enjoyed the views of Marseille from the water and being able to swim from the boat. The boat captains were terrific and friendly.

Great way to explore Marseille, our guide Lucie was amazing.