Hiking to Calanque d’En Vau
hiking to the most beautiful beach near Marseille Calanque d’En Vau
Walking from Cassis to Calanque de Port Pin , de Port-Miou and d’En Vau on a loop hike that will let you discover the most impressive Calanques
Elevation Gain: 300m Distance: 8km
Time: 4h Max altitude: 150m
Best time to explore Port Pin
The best time to visit the calanques near Cassis is on the low season because the park won’t be really crowded and won’t be closed due to the risk of fire. In case of going during summer, check out if the park is opened and the timetables because is often closed in case of high temperatures or wind. During September and October is the best season due to the temperatures and the few people there is in the beaches
Sun / Shade
In Calanque d’En Vau there’s only sun during th morning but during the hike it’s mostly sunny so protect your skin and take enough water.
During the hike there is no place to fill your reservoir. Take with you all the water you can need or buy it in Cassis.
- Difficulty of the trail 40% 40%
The difficulty of the hiking route near Marsella is moderate due to the steep terrain that goes from Cassis to Calanque d’En Vau.
- Exposure of the hike 30% 30%
The trail has some parts where the rocks are very slippery and one have to be careful.
Most popular trail to the stunning Calanque d’en vau
Exploring the Calanques near Cassis is the most incredible exprience that you can have when visiting Marseille and Calanques National Park. This trail passes by 3 different calanques that are very beautiful starting by Port-Miou. The Calanque de Port-Miou is a small beach with a long port along the calanque. Port Pin is a nice Calanque to have a bath in case that is too late to swim in d’en Vau. Calanque d’en Vau is considered one of the best beaches of the world and many films had been recorded in this paradise.
Walking in Calanques requires to be fit, to take proper boots for hiking due to the harsh and slippery terrain of the paths and not to be afraid of heights because some of the trails are exposed to heights.
Starting the walk in Port-Miou
The hike to Calanque d’En Vau starts in the parking near the Calanque Port-Miou, a small beach with a green-turquoise water. It has a port that goes along the calanque and at the end the water turns to a clear but deep water incredibly beautiful.
The hike goes through a big path and after a hundred of meters it goes up and other small path to the left is indicated to go to Calanque de Port Pin. The path goes quickly down and this part is very slippery due to all the amount of people that walks it.
From Port Pin to the Paradise Calanque
From the other side of Port Pin there is a path marked with a blue color that goes all around the Calanque de Port Pin showing all the beauty of this entrance of water. First the path goes up for 5 minutes and another 5 minutes going down. There is a small path at the end that gets into La Cacau, a small part of land elevated by cliffs from where there are really nice views of the entrance of Calanque d’en Vau and Calanque de Port Pin.
Going few meters back and taking again the path to the west. It goes all the way up to Plateau de Caideron from where there are incredible views of the Paradise of d’en Vau. From here the path goes a bit up and the first path to the left goes directly to the most beautiful calanque, Calanque d’En Vau.
The way back to Cassis
The way back to Cassis is clearly marked and passes back again at the Calanque de Port Pin and Port-Miou.
How to get to Calaque de Sormiou:
Do you need to know how to get to Calanques? Check out our post about transportation to Calanques.
For arriving at the starting point from Cassis there are 15min on foot.
Where starts the hike: 43.212214, 5.522043
In all the National Park of Calanques is forbidden to set up a tent or do bivouac. In cassis there are a lot of Airbnb hosts that can help you.