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Holidays in Calanques National Park
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Calanques featuring rocky coastline and a ruin

Be inspired, like France’s great artists before you, by the white cliffs, bays and inlets of this national park as you hike or paddle through it.

Few visit Marseille without seeing the majestic landscapes of the Calanques National Park. For generations its natural beauty has been inspiring France’s poets and artists who are drawn to the vivid shapes and tones of the limestone cliffs and the coves below. There are many ways to experience the national park, the perfect daytrip from Marseille: admire it from cliff-top lookouts, hike through the incredible terrain or look up from the water below as you kayak along the coast.

Thanks to its diverse ecosystems and rugged beauty, Calanques National Park was selected as a national park in 2012. The park stretches from within Marseille’s city limits for some 20 kilometres (12 miles) to the neighbouring town of Cassis.

Your options for exploring the park are varied. Hop aboard the Blue Coast railway line that traverses the park to admire the coastline and national park from the comfort of your seat. For a different perspective, join a guided boat tour from Vieux Port and look back at the park from the Mediterranean Sea.

Rent a car to see the park at your own pace. Drive to Sormiou and Morgiou, two of the most popular calanques to find panoramic lookouts just a short walk from the parking areas. At Sormiou you’ll find a sandy beach next to a small harbour surrounded by seafood restaurants. Go for a swim in the inlets of Morgiou, a charming coastal settlement.

Traverse the park on foot to really immerse yourself in its untamed beauty. Follow the marked trails that traverse the landscape to see the many species of plant and animal life that live here. Look out for foxes, rabbits, sea turtles and dolphins.

Don’t forget to bring water and sun protection as the park is subject to high temperatures. Overcast days make for smaller crowds and perfect conditions for photographing the white cliffs. Check for fire warnings in summer as some areas of the park are subject to closure.

Give yourself a whole day in the Calanques National Park to fully experience its sights and activities.

6006 Cheap Hotels Near Calanques National Park

Residhotel Grand Prado
Residhotel Grand Prado
3 out of 5
Allée Turcat Méry, 7 square des frères Ambrogiani, Marseille
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The price is AU$102 per night from 20 Jun. to 20 Jun.
Located in 8th Arrondissement, this residence is within a 15-minute walk of Prado Market and Parc Chanot Convention and Exhibition Center. Old Port of Marseille ...
3.8/5Good! (538 reviews)
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"When we first arrived they gave us an absolutely dirty and rundown room. The paint was peeling off the wall skirts, there was something sticky next to the bedside table, hair and stains on the bed, the shower was dirty, a socket was hanging out of the wall, curtains were hanging down... We asked ..."

Reviewed on 12 Feb. 2021

Residhotel Grand Prado
AC Hotel by Marriott Marseille Prado Velodrome
AC Hotel by Marriott Marseille Prado Velodrome
4 out of 5
4 allee Marcel Leclerc, Marseille
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is AU$172 per night from 20 Jun. to 20 Jun.
Located in 8th Arrondissement, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Velodrome Stadium and Parc Chanot Convention and Exhibition Center. Palais des Sports ...
4.3/5Excellent! (309 reviews)
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AC Hotel by Marriott Marseille Prado Velodrome
Magnifique Loft au Pied des Calanques
Magnifique Loft au Pied des Calanques
12 Avenue Gaston Bosc, Marseille, Provence - Alpes - Cote d'Azur
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This family-friendly Marseille apartment building is located in 9th Arrondissement, within 2 mi (3 km) of Massif des Calanques, Calanques National Park and Calanque ...
Magnifique Loft au Pied des Calanques
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Top Calanques National Park Hotel & Accommodation Deals

Residhotel Grand Prado
Residhotel Grand Prado
3 out of 5
Allée Turcat Méry, 7 square des frères Ambrogiani, Marseille
The price is AU$102 per night from 20 Jun. to 20 Jun.
Residhotel Grand Prado
AC Hotel by Marriott Marseille Prado Velodrome
AC Hotel by Marriott Marseille Prado Velodrome
4 out of 5
4 allee Marcel Leclerc, Marseille
The price is AU$172 per night from 20 Jun. to 20 Jun.
AC Hotel by Marriott Marseille Prado Velodrome
Magnifique Loft au Pied des Calanques
Magnifique Loft au Pied des Calanques
12 Avenue Gaston Bosc, Marseille, Provence - Alpes - Cote d'Azur
Magnifique Loft au Pied des Calanques
Petit Appartement à 3 mn des Sentiers des Calanques
Petit Appartement à 3 mn des Sentiers des Calanques
12 Avenue Gaston Bosc, Marseille, Provence - Alpes - Cote d'Azur
Petit Appartement à 3 mn des Sentiers des Calanques
T2 + Garden on the Ground Floor of a House in the Calanques Park
T2 + Garden on the Ground Floor of a House in the Calanques Park
7B Avenue Cordesse, Marseille, Provence - Alpes - Cote d'Azur
T2 + Garden on the Ground Floor of a House in the Calanques Park
Villa aux Pieds des Calanques
Villa aux Pieds des Calanques
12 Avenue Sollier, Marseille, Provence - Alpes - Cote d'Azur
Villa aux Pieds des Calanques
Appart 60m2 / Calanques / Sea / Calm / In the Middle of Pines / Balcony / Very Pretty
Appart 60m2 / Calanques / Sea / Calm / In the Middle of Pines / Balcony / Very Pretty
171 Chemin de Morgiou, 11 Parc Beauvallon-sous-Bois, Marseille, Provence - Alpes - Cote d'Azur
Appart 60m2 / Calanques / Sea / Calm / In the Middle of Pines / Balcony / Very Pretty
nhow Marseille
nhow Marseille
4 out of 5
The price is AU$305 per night from 27 Jun. to 27 Jun.
nhow Marseille
Apartment all redone in the park creeks
Apartment all redone in the park creeks
189 Avenue Colgate les terrasses de, sormiou 6, Marseille, Provence - Alpes - Cote d'Azur
Apartment all redone in the park creeks
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