Stage 3: View from the highest cliffs of France to the fjord-like coast of the Parc national des Calanques

The vibrant Mediterranean metropolis of Marseille has developed in recent years from a port city with high unemployment and a mediocre reputation into a real insider tip for culture and city travelers: Mediterranean, southern French lifestyle, new museums and a freshly renovated harbor promenade, coupled with a good dash of wildness and multiculturalism, make Marseille interesting and unique at the same time.

However, France's second-largest city can also boast a very special asset - since 2012, almost a third of the city's area has been a nature reserve: the Parc National des Calanques stretches along the Mediterranean coast south of Marseille. At its heart is a rugged limestone mountain range with many fjord-like bays, known as calanques in French. The Calanque massif, which is about 20 km long, is a beautiful hiking area that we will cross as a scenic highlight on the last two days of our five-day long-distance hike.

StageDurationRouteIncreaseDescentStage destinationOvernight stay
Stage 16:45 a.m20 km490 m340 mLa Cadière d'AzurBoutique hotel Bérard
Stage 27:00 a.m22.9 km610 m660 mLa CiotatLa Maison d'Odette
Stage 34:45 a.m10.9 km630 m630 mCassisLe Clos des Aromas
Stage 46:30 a.m15.7km780 m690 mLes BaumettesLe Garage des Calanques
Stage 55:30 a.m12.3 km480 m550 mMarseille (Madrague de Montredon)Accommodation in Marseille
30:30 h81.8 km2,990m2,870m

Long-distance hike option

The hiking route can not only be explored as a long-distance hike, but almost as well as part of a hiking holiday with fixed accommodation. Details can be found here: Variant: hiking holiday with permanent accommodation in Marseille.