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Calanques National Park (Parc National des Calanques)
Calanques National Park (Parc National des Calanques)

Calanques National Park (Parc National des Calanques)

Free admission
Marseille 9, Marseille, France

The Basics

Snorkelers and scuba divers are rewarded with a kaleidoscope of marine life during underwater excursions to Monte Cristo, home of the prison that inspired Alexander Dumas' work of classic literature. Travelers without the desire to go underwater can explore the park with ease on an electric bike tour or fishing trip. Keep your eyes peeled for daredevils abseiling or diving from the colossal cliffs.

If you're short on time in the treasured French Riviera, consider combining sightseeing tours of Marseille and Cassis with a visit to Calanques National Park. Alternatively, opt to spend more time in the park's crystal-clear waters with a two-day scuba diving course.

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Calanques Trilogy Electric Bike Tour from Marseille
Calanques Trilogy Electric Bike Tour from Marseille
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$63.74 per adult
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Excellent Day Out !
Excellent Tour completed , there was a group of 7 of us we were taken around the park, it was more than comfortable I expected, I didn't need to use the electric bike that often. But when needed it made life easier, and the bike trail was not that intense but some steep points and beautiful views. A LOT OF BEAUTIFUL SCENERY
Kwesi_A, Aug 2020

Recent reviews from experiences in Marseille

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My boys and I did this tour ages 14...
Vanessa R, Jun 2017
Marseille Shore Excursion: Calanques National Park by Electric Mountain Bike
My boys and I did this tour ages 14 and 12 and had a great time! The scenery was absolutely beautiful and the bikes were fun and easy to use! Our guide helped take great videos of us and we had lots of opportunities for amazing photos stops and breaks.
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A great wait to see Calanaques National Park
Nancy C, Jul 2019
Marseille Shore Excursion: Calanques National Park by Electric Mountain Bike
We visited Marseille on a cruise on July 24, 2019 and wanted to do something fun while also seeing the beautiful scenery of Marseille. This tour was a perfect way to experience Marseille. Our tour guide took us around the national park and allowed time in different spots for us to hike and take pictures. Although we used electric bikes, we still had to work and pedal! Some of the hills were tough even with the assistance of the electric bike. I would definitely recommend this for people who like adventure!
star-4
Scenery was amazing. Nice break...
Mark N, Aug 2017
Marseille Shore Excursion: Calanques National Park by Electric Mountain Bike
Scenery was amazing. Nice break from the city tours. Only issue was that we were informed 2 days before that they would not be able to provide the transportation from the port that we had been told would be included. We were able to get a taxi but the short notice was stressful and ended up costing us an extra 45 euro total for taxi was 70 and they refunded us 25. Guide was great though and stayed with us after tour to help call taxi, which was much needed since tour site did not have taxis around.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Most tours provide round-trip transport from your accommodation in Marseille, Cassis, or the Aix-en-Provence area.

  • Be sure to bring plenty of water and sunscreen to the park.

  • It's best to wear comfortable shoes fit for outdoor exploration.

  • Note that camping and motorized water sports are not allowed in the protected area.

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How To Get to Calanques National Park

Although nestled between popular Marseille and Cassis, Calanques National Park (Parc National des Calanques) is not easy to access by public transport or without a guide. The best way to visit the national park is by boat from Port de Cassis (cruises depart every 90 minutes daily) or on a day trip from central Marseille. If arriving by car, be aware that the closest beach is about a one-hour hike from available parking lots.

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When To Get There

The most popular time to visit the French Riviera is during the summer months of June to September, when temperatures sit comfortably in the 70s F (20s C) and rain is nowhere to be found. However, if you prefer cooler climates and want to miss the crowds, May and June are the ideal months to head to the park.

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What's in a Name?

The French word "calanque" translates as a narrow, rocky inlet with steep walls found on the Mediterranean coast. Calanques National Park is made up of a series of these inlets, known separately as Calanque de Sormiou, Calanque de Morgiou, Calanque d'En-Vau, Calanque de Port-Pin, and Calanque de Sugiton. Showcasing marbled-blue waters and dramatic, craggy cliffs, the rocky promontories are best discovered on a long hike or by kayak.

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