About the Calanques National Park Marseille – Cassis
The Calanques National Park is the 10th National Park in France. This amazing natural area is the only national park in Europe which is at the same time terrestrial, marine and periurban. This natural area located between the communes of Marseille, Cassis, and La Ciotat, in the French region of Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur, includes coastal ranges of creeks and a vast marine area of the Mediterranean Sea with several islands and one of the richest submarine canyons in the world.
Nature passionates will definitely love Les Calanques de Marseille – Cassis. Located in one of the aridest and windy areas of France, The Calanques National Park offers spectacular landscapes, rich flora and fauna, and endless outdoor activities.
What to do in Calanques Cassis – Marseille
Apart from Marseille, named European Capital of Culture in 2013, and the picturesque village of Cassis, it is also possible to visit the archipelago of Friuli, with the island of If and its castle. The Château d’If is famous for being one of the settings of Alexandre Dumas’ adventure novel The Count of Monte Cristo.
This is the most popular way to explore the Calanques. The hikes along the Calanques are long (around 20 km) and with positive and negative slopes of 1.000m. But it is worth it! The Calanques offer hikers fabulous and wild landscapes plus the possibility of a swim in crystal clear waters from a creek to creek.
If hiking is definitely not for your thing but still you don’t want to miss the beauty of the Calanques, you can jump on a sailboat or a catamaran and explore this wonderful area from the water. Calanques boat tours from Marseille or Cassis leave daily and usually include lunch and stops in some of the most beautiful Calanques in the area.
Diving lovers will have a blast at the Calanques National Park. The area is home to no less than 60 marine heritage species. In addition, the canyon de la Cassidaigne is one of the richest underwater canyons of the Mediterranean Sea in terms of biodiversity.
The Calanques National Park is also a unique climbing site thanks to the karstic relief of the Massif of Calanques. Indeed, climbing is one of the favorite sports practiced in the Calanques.
Marseille – Cassis Race
The Marseille-Cassis Race is a popular race from Marseille to Cassis (around 20 km) through the Calanques. The event takes place every last Sunday of October and it is definitely one of the most beautiful races in the world! This race is open to professionals and amateurs and it is a very original way to explore the Calanques.
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