Parc national des Calanques
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Frequently Asked Questions

Is there an entrance fee for the national park?

No, entrance to the national park is free.

 

What are the national park opening hours?

The national park is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, except for days classified as red due to fire danger.

 

Is the national park open today?

Between 1 June and 30 September, the national park may be closed due to fire danger. The decision is made every day at 6pm by the Prefecture according to live weather data. For the latest information about conditions, go to this page or download the My Calanques app.

What are the must-sees in the Calanques?

Take time to discover and appreciate the Calanques. Watch out for the Calanques' treasure trove of flora and fauna!

 

Which are the most beautiful Calanques?

There are countless sumptuous photos of the Calanques on social media, particularly Sormiou, Sugiton, En-Vau, and Port-Pin. Keep in mind that the images do not always tell the whole story. In summer, crowds flock to the Calanques which can make visiting very unpleasant. Getting to the sites can also be difficult and weather conditions can make things worse. Make sure you have everything you need!

 

Which are the best swimming spots?

The primary activity in the Calanques is hiking. Swimming spots in the Calanques are difficult to reach, and there are no amenities such as toilets, showers, refreshment stands, and waste bins. They are also often crowded.

If your preferred activity is swimming, try the urban beaches in Marseille, Cassis, and La Ciotat. They are much more accessible.

 

How to get to the Calanques.

There are many ways to reach the national park from Marseille, Cassis, and La Ciotat. We recommend taking public transport, as traffic and parking can be very difficult in the area.

A walk, sometimes long and difficult, is required to reach the most popular sites.

 

Can I bring my dog to the Calanques?

Yes, if kept on a leash to avoid disturbing other visitors (even if yours is friendly, some people are afraid of dogs) and to avoid your dog wandering and disturbing the flora and fauna.