Hiking in Calanques National Park

Hiking in Calanques National Park

Hiking in Calanques National Park

Exploring the best Calanques

 

 

Hiking in the Calanques National Park in southern France is one of the most beautiful and impressive things that you can see when you travel to Marseille.

The Park is famous for its narrow inlets that reminds us to the fjords for its shape but with a very different vegetation.

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It’s without doubt the best place for hiking on the south coast of France and good as well for sunbathing or kayaking. The mix between the beautiful beaches, cliffs and the steep mountains makes this small paradise unique in the world.

The trails in Calanques are marked with different colours, red, yellow, green, blue and black and si possible to find maps on the starting points of the hike showing the hiking map of the area with the trails that are marked. 

Despite of being at a very low altidute, hiking in Calanques can be challenging due to the ororgraphy, the stony paths and in Marseilleveyre massif there are some places where the trails pass by exposed but easy climbing parts.

 

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National Park overview

 

A very important thing to know is that between June 1st and September 30th, entrance in the calanques is regulatedDuring summmer the park is often closed even for hikers. The only way to explore the Calanques is discovering the region by boat or kayak instead of walking.

Marseille and Cassis are the two main starting points for the excursions to the different inlets. If you are staying in Marseille, it will be easier for you to explore the western area. Marseilleveyre, Pas de la demi-lune, Sormiou, Morgiou, Sugiton and other small calanques are very close from you.

If you are staying in Cassis will be easier to acces to Port Pin, d’En-Vau, Cap de l’Aigle and all the coast from Cassis to la Ciotat.

 

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How to get to Parc national des Calanques

Parking in Cassis or in Parkings where the hikes start is almost impossible from May to September. These parking lots are really busy and to park there is probably frustrating. In Cassis there are no free parkings during the day and a good option is Les Gorguettes. From there there is a bus running to Cassis

Getting to the starting points with public transport is possible thanks to the Marseille buses. For example, is possible to get to Les Goudes, and to the access to Pas de la Demi Lune with the bus 19 and 20.

For arriving to the parking of Les Baumettes from where starts the trails to Sormiou and Morgiou. There are as well busses that runs from Marseille tp Cassis so all the connections are done with public transport.

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When to go

The hiking season in Calanques is from October to late May. From the 1st of June to 30th September the park is closed to car traffic and it’s often closed for hikers due to the extreme risk of fire. You can check out the risk in the official website of Calanques

For us, the perfect moment to visit Calanques is in October, when the water is still warm enough and the weather is still nice. Other options are in April or May when the weather is perfect but the water will be around 16º-18ºC

How to get accomodation 

Setting up a tent in the National park of Calanques is completely forbidden but there are smll shelters where is possible to overnight. These shelters are literally 4 walls and a roof and there’s no facilities.

Staying in Cassis can be very expensive during all year but there are cheaper options in Marseille and in La Ciotat. Another option is to register through this link on Airbnb and check the best options to stay in Marseille, La Ciotat or Cassis.

 

Best most beautiful spots of the Calanques

 

 

1. Calanque d’En-Vau

Calanque d’En Vau is without any doubt the most beautiful Calanque and the most beautiful beach of the south of France. Many films were recorded in this amazing inlet between cliffs and with maravelous colours of the water.

 

 

2. Calanque de Sormiou

 

Located near Marseille, Calanque de Sormiou is one of the most visited Calanque due to the proximity with the city. The blue colours of the water and the typical landscape of Calanques make this place very special.

 

 

3. Calanque de Port Pin

 

This Calanque is fantastic for swimming and sunbathing when in Calanque d’En-Vau is cold and in the shade. The end of this calanque the water is gorgeous and many times is more quiet than the most famous calanque.

 

 

 

4 Calanque de Marseilleveyre

 

Calanque de Marseilleveyre is a small beach where is only possible to get by foot or by boat. It’s one of the most quiet Calanques near Marseille. Furthermore, it’s possible to do the hike of Pas de la Demi-Lune that is considered one of the best hiking and climbing spots of Calanques.

 

 

 

5. Cassis beach

The beach of Cassis it’s actually pretty nice and has nothing to envy to other Calanques. It has a really beautiful turquoise water and has very nice views of Cap Cànàille, another part of the National Park that you should not miss.

 

Best trails of Calanques

 

The National Park of Calanques is itself a paradise for experienced hikers. It’s terrain makes that a hike of 4km can take even more than 2 hours due to the difficulty of the path, elevation gained and the exposed areas. 

To sum up, the best trails of Calanques are in Marseilleveyre Massif and there are as well beautiful trails that goes really close to the sea near the Calanque of d’En-Vau. The 2 main attractions when hiking in Calanques are the landscape with cliffs, big walls and steep tarrains really close to the sea that give you a magic sea view and the beauty of the inlets and beaches.

Without any doubt, climbing up to Marseilleveyre, doing the loop trail between Calanque de Sormiou and Calanque de Morgiou and going to the top of Pass de la Demi-lune are the must hiked in Calanques.

 

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Climbing mount Teide

Climbing mount Teide

Climbing Mount Teide

 Mount Teide hike

First of all in this post we want to let you know that climbing mount Teide without permit is only possible when staying the night in the Altavista del Teide refuge. In this case is needed to keep your reservation of the refuge as this makes possible to climb Teide without permission from 6a.m to 9p.m. 

Climbing the highest peak of Spain, mount Teide, is dreamed by many hikers that visit the island of Tenerife. The altitude of this volcano allows to watch several Canary Islands at the same time. Ascending Teide’s Peak means to be able to see all Tenerife Island from the highest point while smelling the sulphur of the active volcano that had the last eruption in the 1909. By the moment there is no risk on climbing this volcano.

 

Climbing Pico Teide using Cable Car and having the Permit

 

Many tourists that visits Tenerife take the cablecar that leads to La Rambleta at an altitude of 3550m over the sea. From there, if they have the permit given by Teide National Park’s authorities, it is easily reached the summit following the path nº10, the Telesforo Bravo path. In case of not having the permit, it won’t be able to walk the last part of the mountain due to regulations of visitors. This regulation means that only 200 people can take the permit and access to the summit but the local guides and tourist agencies have part of these permits so they quickly run out specially during summer, winter and holidays. 

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Climbing Teide without Permit

Maybe you have already took a look to the permits and for the dates you are staying in Tenerife there are no permits. If you are considering about having a real experience about what climbing the mount Teide is about, we encourage you to take a look if it’s possible to book a night in Altavista de Teide Refuge. If you are lucky, you will be able to experience the unique sunrise from the top of Teide but first you will have to climb up to the refuge from Montaña Blanca through the path nº7 to Altavista mountain hut and go to sleep early. This hike takes around 6h and has an elevation gained of 1350m so is only indicated for those who are in shape or are experienced hikers.

Waking up at 4:30a.m to start climbing the mount Teide is the way to see the sunrise from the top and you will be able to see how the shadow of the volcano is  drawn in the ocean making an impressive triangle. You will be able to stay until 8:30a.m when you will have to go down and show to the workers there your reserval of the mountain hut. Only in this case is possible to reach the summit.

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Problems with the permit

 

Since many people visit the mount Teide thanks to the help of the Cable Car, the Government of Tenerife had to put limits on the access to the top of the volcano, something that would not be necessary if the cable car would not be there. The massification of the mount Teide and its erosion and damages are occasionated by the instalation of this cable car that allow to climb to the Mount Teide hiking only 15min.

If you are considering to hike to Teide’s peak we encourage you to do it from the base of the mountain and having the experience of observe the sunrise from the summit.

Things you need to know:

-Despide of being in the Canarian Islands, above 3000m the temperature can easily go below 0ºC so you need to take warm clothes with you.
-Having the permit allows you to climb the last 150m during 2h and if in case of being late it won’t be possible to access.

-The permit is free of charge and you can get it online on the official website with at leats 2 months in advance. It allows you to walk to the top of the summit during 2 hours. So if you book your permit from 9a.m to 11a.m you can’t go at 12a.m because at that time there will be other people with the permit. So your permit only allows you to access during the timing you booked the permit.