Parc national des Calanques 

The national park is here to protect the environment and it’s here to welcome and inform you!

A calanque is a cove, an inlet.

This park, which was created on the 18th of April 2012, is France’s 10th national park and the first in Europe to include the land, the sea and urbanization. It stretches from Marseille to La Ciotat and features landscapes of lime rock (between Marseille and Cassis) and red conglomerate in La Ciotat. The park is internationally known for its sublime landscapes, its biodiversity and its rich heritage.

The park’s most striking fact is that despite its vast territory of wild land, it is situated just next to France’s second biggest city, Marseille.

The cliffs called “Soubeyranes” that connect La Ciotat and Cassis together are a treasure in mineralogy. This magnificent landscape that counts as the highest maritime cliffs of Europe towers above the sea and offers marvelous viewpoints, for example from the scenic road “Route des Crêtes”. The “poudingue” conglomerate gives the stones its ocher coloring.bateau13

Ile Verte is an island surrounded by rather shallow water and is not far from the coast of La Ciotat. It is the only woodland island in the Bouches-du-Rhône area. However, its trees are a rather recent addition: the Aleppo pine tree was only able to develop on the island when the island had stopped being used for agricultural purposes after the First World War. It is made of a pebble conglomerate which stands in contrast to the coves between Cassis and Marseille that are made of white lime stones.

Welcoming and informing people…

The main mission of the Calanques National Park is to reconcile the preservation of the natural and cultural sights with human activity: welcoming and informing the public as well as raising awareness; fighting against the pollution on the land and in the sea…

The Park’s main concern is to raise visitors’ awarness about its specific regulations. Professional partners and collaborators help in this process along with the contribution of visitors and the local population.

Regulations in order to ensure the nature’s preservation

A national park is a territory where everyone is welcome. However, as part of policies for the flora and fauna protection, specific regulations are implemented by “le décret et la charte”.

The regulation guidelines for the park only apply to the core zones in order to ensure the preservation of the natural and cultural heritage. The code of conduct is simple enough: common sense and respect for the environment. That way, everyone can fully enjoy the National Park of Calanques.

For more information about the national park, please visit:

Parc des Calanques