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.
|Stage||Duration||Route||Increase||Descent||Stage destination||Overnight stay|
|Stage 1||6:45 a.m||20 km||490 m||340 m||La Cadière d'Azur||Boutique hotel Bérard|
|Stage 2||7:00 a.m||22.9 km||610 m||660 m||La Ciotat||La Maison d'Odette|
|Stage 3||4:45 a.m||10.9 km||630 m||630 m||Cassis||Le Clos des Aromas|
|Stage 4||6:30 a.m||15.7km||780 m||690 m||Les Baumettes||Le Garage des Calanques|
|Stage 5||5:30 a.m||12.3 km||480 m||550 m||Marseille (Madrague de Montredon)||Accommodation in Marseille|
|30:30 h||81.8 km||2,990m||2,870m|
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.