Summer Sundays: The Ultimate Guide to Exploring Calanques National Park on Foot

Enter the captivating world of the Calanques National Park and let yourself be guided through breathtaking landscapes every Sunday in the summer. Get ready to experience unforgettable adventures on foot, in the heart of unspoiled and wild nature. Embark on a unique and rejuvenating walking escapade in this breathtakingly beautiful natural gem.

A Weekly Walking Adventure in the heart of the Calanques

Imagine yourself, every Sunday in the summer, breathing the fresh air of the Mediterranean Sea while exploring one of the most beautiful natural parks in France. The Calanques National Park, with its spectacular landscapes and picturesque trails, becomes pedestrianized every week to preserve its environment, offering a unique opportunity to discover its beauty on foot.

Access to the Park: On foot, by bike or by scooter

From the end of April until the end of September, the Route des Crêtes, linking Cassis to La Ciotat, is exclusively reserved for pedestrians, cyclists and scooter users. This initiative aims to reduce vehicle traffic and protect the park’s fragile ecosystem. A shuttle from the parking lot Gorguettes in Cassis is also available for easy access to the top of the coast.

Explore the Route des Crêtes

This 14 km road, winding and panoramic, offers you breathtaking views of the coves, the Mediterranean Sea, and the surrounding islands. She goes through the Cap Canaille, the highest cliff in continental Europe, peaking at 394 meters. In addition to the car journey, various marked trails allow you to discover the natural riches of this park.

  • Cape Canaille: Admire the spectacular view from the highest cliff in Europe.
  • The Vigie belvedere: An ideal point of view to contemplate the creeks of Cassis.
  • The Port-Miou cove: A wild cove accessible by a picturesque path.
  • The En-Vau cove: A heavenly fine sand beach, perfect for a relaxing day.
  • La Ciotat : A charming historic port marking the end or the beginning of this adventure.

Preservation of the environment

By limiting motorized access every Sunday, this initiative greatly contributes to the preservation of the unique ecosystem of the Calanques. It’s an opportunity to reconnect with nature while reducing our carbon footprint. Renting an electric bike is also an excellent way to explore the different trails while respecting the environment.

Plan Your Visit

Don’t forget to plan your visit carefully. View shuttle schedules and check weather conditions. Bring comfortable hiking shoes, water, and a trail map to fully enjoy this experience.

For more information, visit the official website of the Calanques National Park.