The limestone cliffs and turquoise waters of the Calanques stretch over 11 mi from Marseilles to Cassis. The site is extremely picturesque, and the 'calanques' massif is a paradise for hikers, climbers and sailing enthusiasts alike.
Its beaches and small typical ports, including that of Morgiou with its fishing huts and colourful boats, are a delight for photographers. To quote a line from a Maurice Guillaume poem, who devoted much work to this subject: 'Une calanque, c'est un peu de mer qui chante ou qui rêve et sommeille au creux d'un ancien val...'. ('A calanque is a bit of sea that sings or dreams as it slumbers in the hollow of a former valley...').
Just south of Marseille you'll find some of the most beautiful coves behind the Marseilleveyre mountain range.© Florent Reclus / age fotostock
This little marina is easily accessible on foot from the village of Cassis.© Gael FONTAINE / 123RF
The road from Cassis to La Ciotat provides some great opportunities to take in the impressive views.© Borges Samuel / 123RF
With their turquoise water, little creeks, and cliffs, the coves really are a little piece of paradise.© Borges Samuel / 123RF
You'll no doubt find it hard to resist going for a well-deserved dip in the warm Mediterranean water after a good stroll.© Béatrice PREVE / 123RF