Parc Nationale des Calanques is located along the Mediterranean Sea coast between Cassis and Marseilles France. It is a short trip by land from either city and is well worth a visit. You can also take a cruise from either city that takes you along the Calanques coast with breathtaking views. If you have the time, you might consider both a boat tour and visiting the park from the land as both offer different experiences.
Picturesque Maritime Refuge
The park is a beautiful maritime refuge that was created in 2012. The flow of rivers and creeks through easily eroded limestone has created steep rugged cliffs that plunge down to the sea. The landscape is filled with deep fissures, underground caves, and springs.
Much To See and Do
Numerous trails crisscross the park. You can find trails ranging from easy to challenging. It is easy to find stunning views of the rugged scenery and pretty coves from hilltops. Or hike down to the sea to enjoy views of the open water. On the way, watch out for wildlife.
Although we didn’t make it as far as the water, we did manage to get to some hilltops where we captured views of the rugged scenery and pretty coves from above.
Whether you come to climb, hike, visit a beach, mountain bike, fish, paddleboard, kayak or just to enjoy the scenery, or only visit via a boat tour, this is a nice stop if you are in the area.
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