Calanques de Marseille: A Must-See

If you ever decide to visit Marseille, in  the south of France, than you must spend one day hiking the Calanques. Calanque is a narrow, steep-walled inlet that is developed in dolomite or other carbonate strata and found along the Mediterranean coast. The most known example are the Massif des Calanques that spread 20 km in length and 4 km in width along the coast between Marseille and Cassis.

Calanques de Marseille are considered a natural reservation and serves as a recreational zone for locals as well as for tourists. It is a great place for hikers, and for other extreme sporters. If you go from Callelongue up to Cassis, you can find many small calanques along the coast, but my recommendation is to start from Cassis, as there is a National Park, as well as the most beautiful calanques nearby. Worth to be mentioned are the Surmiou (the one that we visited), Morgiou, Sugiton, En-Vau (the biggest one) calanques.

Calanques, as I mentioned before, are special. There are so many things to do there. Among them are snorkeling, scuba diving, boat trips, as well as some extreme sports like climbing, or just swimming and sun-bathing.

Enjoy some photos from the trip to calanques in April, 2014.

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The view to the “Gate to the Orient”
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Callelongue
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Surmiou
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Coast Road
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Hiking along the Coast
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coast road

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Before I went there, I watched a video on YouTube which I recommend to watch it right here.

Calanque de Marseille are natural and very beautiful, offering great panoramas, therefore a must see for tourists.

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