The 13 most beautiful hikes in the Calanques National Park

Le vallon de l'Ours, le cap Sugiton et la grotte Bleue

Are you staying in Marseille and would like to discover the Calanques National Park? In this article, you’ll find the best walks in the area!

Covering the calanques of Marseille in the Bouches-du-Rhône département, the Parc National des Calanques is Europe’s first combined land and sea park. It boasts exceptional landscapes, with limestone cliffs and coves plunging into the intense blue of the Mediterranean.

But where are the best trails to let yourself be carried away by these luminous hues and intoxicating scents of iodine and garrigue? Without further ado, here are the best hikes in the Parc National des Calanques!

1. Sugiton cove

Randonnées parc national des calanques : La calanque de Sugiton

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  • Running time: 1h20
  • Distance: 6.1 km
  • Difference in altitude: 263 m
  • Difficulty: Medium
  • See the route

There’s a reason why this hike in the Parc National des Calanques is so popular. Located just a stone’s throw from the south of Marseille, it offers incredible panoramic views of the Mediterranean Sea, the Sugiton calanque and the islet du Torpilleur.

A true marvel, accessible to novice hikers and even offering the luxury of a swim!

It should be noted that there are some steep sections at the end of the route, which may impress those who suffer from vertigo.

2. The creeks of Port-Miou, Port Pin and En-Vau

Les calanques de Port-Miou, Port Pin et d'En-Vau

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  • Duration: 1h30
  • Distance: 7.7 km
  • Difference in altitude: 392 m
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Meet in Cassis to start this pretty loop trail, which is very popular in high season. You then cross the cliffs of En-Vau and the little port of Cap Canaille, home to the remains of limestone quarries. The panorama is splendid!

The trail is not very difficult, so you can take it with the whole family. However, some of the descents are a little steep! So be sure to bring good walking shoes, and something to drink!

3. Belvedere Point

Randonnées parc national des calanques : La pointe du Belvédère

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  • Duration: 1 hour
  • Distance: 4.8 km
  • Height difference: 105 m
  • Difficulty: Easy
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This lovely hike in the Parc National des Calanques is accessible to the whole family. And yet, it takes you high into the park! Once on the Belvedere, you’ll enjoy breathtaking views of the surrounding area.

Don’t forget your shoes and water for this out-and-back trail.

4. Tour of Mont Puget and the Sugiton needle

Le tour du mont Puget et l'aiguille de Sugiton

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  • Duration: 4h30
  • Distance: 13.7 km
  • Ascent: 817 m
  • Difficulty: Difficult
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This hike in the Parc National des Calanques is reserved for experienced hikers who aren’t afraid of climbing above the void. Some of the sections are very impressive indeed!

To start this hike, head for the Luminy campus. Follow the Chemin du Centaure and the Sentier des Treize Contours around Mont Puget, the highest peak in the Calanques massif.

Then you cross the Toits cliff and the Sugiton cove… Breathtaking!

5. Sormiou pass and calanque

Le col et la calanque de Sormiou

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  • Duration: less than an hour
  • Distance: 3.5 km
  • Difference in altitude: 217 m
  • Difficulty: Medium
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Want to discover the Calanque de Sormiou? Then take this hike in the Calanques National Park. It offers exceptional views of the coastline.

All around, you’ll find restaurants, beaches and fishermen’s cottages. A true moment of escape awaits you!

6. The Marseilleveyre calanque circuit

Randonnées parc national des calanques : Le circuit de la calanque de Marseilleveyre

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  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Distance: 7.9 km
  • Height difference: 367 m
  • Difficulty: Medium
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If you’re looking for a moderately challenging hike, then try this loop trail. Departing from the port of Callelongue, you cross several passes before reaching the splendid calanque of Marseilleveyre. It offers a privileged view of the Riou archipelago.

Here, you can stroll along the beach before retracing your steps via the Douaniers trail.

7. Le pré des Évadés, le canapé de Sormiou and cap Redon

Le pré des Évadés, le canapé de Sormiou et le cap Redon

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  • Duration: 2h30
  • Distance: 8.2 km
  • Height difference: 483 m
  • Difficulty: Medium
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This hike in the Calanques National Park is all about lazing around. It takes you to the Pré des Évadés, the canapé de Sormiou and finally Cap Redon, with the Mediterranean in the background.

Some of the sections are a little technical and the sun is beating down hard… Don’t forget to bring good hiking boots and something to quench your thirst.

8. The Devenson cliff loop

Randonnées parc national des calanques : La boucle des falaises de Devenson

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  • Duration: approx. 4 hours
  • Distance: 11.1 km
  • Height difference: 567 m
  • Difficulty: Difficult
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The Devenson cliffs loop starts at the Col de la Gardiole, then winds around the Devenson cliffs. At 200 metres high, they tower over the Mediterranean. They offer breathtaking views of the calanques, Cap Canailles, the Riou archipelago… and even the Alps on a clear day!

This hike in the Calanques National Park is reserved for trained and well-equipped hikers.

9. La pointe d’En-Vau

La pointe d'En-Vau

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  • Duration: 1 hour
  • Distance: 4.3 km
  • Difference in altitude: 167 m
  • Difficulty: Easy
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This hike in the Calanques National Park offers beautiful panoramic views, but without any major difficulties. Even families with children can take a chance!

It takes you to the pretty Pointe d’En-Vau, which runs alongside some of Provence’s most beautiful calanques. The views are superb. A real nugget!

10. Vallon de l’Ours, Cap Sugiton and Grotte Bleue

Le vallon de l'Ours, le cap Sugiton et la grotte Bleue

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  • Running time: 3h20
  • Distance: 12.4 km
  • Height difference: 638 m
  • Difficulty: Medium
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This hike in the Calanques National Park is a feast for the eyes. It takes you through landscapes of white rock, green garrigue and turquoise sea… A kaleidoscope of colors!

The difficulty of this loop trail is moderate. However, we advise you to plan your route well in advance. It’s sometimes difficult to find your way around, and there’s a lack of internet access on certain sections…

11. En-Vau calanque from avenue des Calanques

Randonnée parc national des calanques : La calanque d'En-Vau depuis l'avenue des Calanques

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  • Running time: 1h45
  • Distance: 6.6 km
  • Height difference: 262 m
  • Difficulty: Medium
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This hike in the Calanques National Park is one of the most classic in the Bouches-du-Rhône. Be prepared to see a lot of people! You’ll hike along the calanques of Port-Miou, Port-Pin and En-Vau, enjoying superb panoramic views.

Without being discouraging, the difficulty is there. There are a few beaches along the way, providing welcome opportunities to cool off.

12. Les Goudes, Col de la Selle and Col du Brès

Les Goudes, le col de la Selle et le col du Brès

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  • Duration: 4h30
  • Distance: 11.7 km
  • Ascent: 863 m
  • Difficulty: Difficult
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This superb circuit takes you even higher than the previous hikes. The beaches are further away, but you can still enjoy exceptional views of the cliffs and coastline. On the other hand, some sections are technical. For experienced walkers only!

13. Bois de la Selle and the Trois Gancets valley

Randonnées parc national des calanques : Le bois de la Selle et le vallon des Trois Gancets

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  • Running time: 1h40
  • Distance: 6.0 km
  • Difference in altitude: 270 m
  • Difficulty: Medium
  • See the route

This hike in the Parc National des Calanques offers great variety. You’ll come across forests, caves and coastal viewpoints. It’s also an opportunity to observe typical Mediterranean flora and fauna.

There are a few steep, stony sections. On the other hand, most of the trail is shaded. Ideal for summer days!