Parc National Des Calanques

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  • Address: Bât A4, Parc Valad, Impasse Paradou, 13009 Marseille, France
  • Timings: 24-hrs Details
  • Phone: +33-420105000
  • Ticket Price: Free
  • Time Required: 06:00 Hrs
  • Tags: National Park, Trail, Family And Kids

Parc National Des Calanques - Review

This National Park is basically a treasure chest of some of the best features of the Mediterranean Coast. It is spread over a huge area covering the mountain range stretching from Marseille to Cassis. But the majority of the park stretches out into the Mediterranean. Here's a quick break down of what to expect:

  • Soubeyranes cliffs: These are some of the highest sea cliffs in Europe and the view from the bluff tops are unending and incredible
  • Frioul archipelago: Though these islands have played a major historical role in the development of Marseille by serving as a quarantine and Military area. Today they attract tourists. They are home do some beautiful flora and fauna
  • Riou archipelago: You can only view these uninhabited islands from far away. They are a protected area with hundreds of species of plants and a huge variety of nesting birds, some of which are endangered.
  • Planier Light: This Lighthouse is actually the fifth one to be built on the site. The first one was built in the eighteenth century. It is the only lighthouse on the French Mediterranean Coastline to be registered as a protected historical monument.
  • Ile Verte: This wooded Island had a military strategic role in the past. Visitors can still see the ruins of a bombed-out fort on the island.
  • The park has a huge biodiversity of Flora and Fauna with thousands of species, many of them protected or endangered. This includes the species of plants and animals in the water.
  • There are hundreds of miles of trails in the park. Other activities include boating, camping, cycling, rock climbing. 
  • There are two ways to reach the column of the park. Some of them can be reached by hiking over land. But most of them must be reached by boat. 

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Parc National Des Calanques Information

  • Read the extensive list of do's and don'ts and safety tips and tricks on the Park website. 

Parc National Des Calanques Ticket Prices

  • Free entry

Parc National Des Calanques Opening and Closing Hours

  • The Park trails are closed in July and August due to the risk of fire.

How To reach Parc National Des Calanques by Public Transport

  • The various highlights of the park can be reached by bus, my car, by boat or simply by walking. It really depends on where you want to go.
  • Be aware that private vehicles may have a hard time navigating the roads.

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TripHobo Highlights for Parc National Des Calanques

  • Parc National Des Calanques Address: Bât A4, Parc Valad, Impasse Paradou, 13009 Marseille, France
  • Parc National Des Calanques Contact Number: +33-420105000
  • Parc National Des Calanques Timing: 24-hrs
  • Parc National Des Calanques Price: Free
  • Best time to visit Parc National Des Calanques(preferred time): 08:00 am - 12:00 pm
  • Time required to visit Parc National Des Calanques: 06:00 Hrs
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Things to Know Before Visiting Parc National Des Calanques

  • 95% of people who visit Marseille include Parc National Des Calanques in their plan

  • 67.52% of people start their Parc National Des Calanques visit around 08 AM - 09 AM

  • People usually take around 6 Hrs to see Parc National Des Calanques

Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday

92.28% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Parc National Des Calanques

People normally club together Notre Dame De La Garde and Calanque De Sormiou while planning their visit to Parc National Des Calanques.

People also prefer to start their day with Parc National Des Calanques.

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Parc National Des Calanques, Marseille Reviews

  • Awesome views in this park. Very nice for long walks. Make sure you take enough water with you on hot days, there is no shop or anything in this park. It's also very busy during the weekends on the beaches if you want to go swimming. It's much quieter during the week. Also did a tour of the park with mountain bike and a guide, started from Cassis, that was awesome experience. A lot of walking trails and wild herbs like rosemary and flowers in this park

  • Amazing views, make sure you follow the small painted colours on the rocks/trees to stay on the path. We found this out the hard way by going off track. The walk in the heat is worth it. Take plenty of water and enjoy the amazing views. Parking is very tight so get there early or park at the bottom of the hill and wall up!

  • Stayed at Hostel Vertigo and the girl at the desk was very helpful giving directions on taking the bus to get there with a group of people. About a half hour hike up a dirt path and then getting this incredible view! There are hikes down to the water or a path but got to spend several hours swimming in the beautiful waters and swimming out to the rock on the far left of the picture and jumping off! Benefit of not going with a tour was we got to stay as long as we wanted! And cost less than 10 euros for the bus there and back!

  • Must see if visiting Marseille. Prepare with at least 2 liters of water per person (seriously) and good shoes. The hike from the nearest parking lot (when it's open for traffic) is 4 kilometers rocky up and down trails. When the parking is closed due to whatever reason the hike is 6 kilometers (one way). But the destination is worth the hike. Do it.

  • Amazing and beautiful. Be aware to take proper hiking shoes, there is a lot of climbing and stones on the way. I don't advice it for elderly people or babies in arms.

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