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With more than 158 000 hectares, the Calanques is Europe’s biggest peri-urban, coastal and maritime National Park.

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In the Calanques you’ll find preserved nature and you’ll be impressed by the variety of its coastal and marine landscape.

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Access regulations :

In April 2012, the Calanques between Marseille and La Ciotat were declared a National Park. Because of high fire risk in summer, the access is restricted by law between 1 June and 15 October.


There are three risk levels during this period: orange (access authorised), red (access authorised) and black (access banned) when wind and risq of fire are very strong.

The risk level varies according to weather conditions and is declared daily at 6 pm for the following day. The information is available on the official helpline, tel (+33) 8 11 20 13 13, in English as well as in French and published on the Bouches du Rhône regional website (in French only):cdt13infos.html

Click here to read (in French only) the full regulations of the national park during the summer period and all the official texts :

attention chute de pierresFrom the Easter week-end to beginning of September, the roads between 7am and 8h30pm to Morgiou and between 8am and 7.30pm to Sormiou are closed to cars at week-ends and on bank holidays except for residents and professionals working in the Calanques. It 's the same for all the ween-ends between the 1st of october and the 15 of october and every days between 21 october and 29 of october with the road closed. You can always access but only by walking.

The best time for climbing in the Calanques is from September to June.