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Want to Visit the Calanques this Summer? Know the Rules

Access to the Calanques National Park is controlled again this summer due to damage to the ecosystem caused by the burgeoning number of visitors and increasing fire risks.  The Calanque de Sugiton, which used to attract up to 2,500 people daily, is limited to 400 entries. Pre-booking one of the free passes is via the smartphone app ‘Mes Calanques.’

Please see the Marseille Tourism website for full details on land and sea access to the park. Seasonal regulations begin on July 1st. Continue reading here for the original contributor blog post by: Aixcentric.

The Mes Calanques app is available on Google Play and the Apple App Store. It includes 20 itineraries and information on local flora and fauna that you may see along the way.

Calanques National Park

These stunning geologic features are in the Calanques National Park, which stretches between Marseille and Cassis. Dominated by stark grey limestone and dabbed with greenery here and there, the park provides a sharp contrast to the deep blue waters of the Mediterranean. Eons ago, ancient rivers carved canyons through this limestone on their way to the sea, forming the calanques we see today.

Calanques Fjords Provence

One easy way to enjoy the scenery without walking is by boat. However, not like the one pictured above, which is a beautiful private craft. There are two companies based in Marseille’s Vieux Port. You can choose from rides lasting 45 minutes to two hours, which cover as few as three (3) or as many as nine (9) calanques. The ticket office is at the Quai Saint-Pierre, but be aware that seats sell out in the high season, so you should get there early.

Some of these stunning natural highlights include the Calanque de Sormiou, Calanque du Sugiton and the Route des Crêtes between Cassis and La Ciotat.

Compagnie Croisières Marseille Calanques
Angle Quai des Belges et Quai du Port,
Vieux-Port, 13002 Marseille
Telephone: +33 (0)4 91 58 50 58

Icard Maritime
Angle Quai des Belges et Quai du Port,
Telephone: +33 (0)4 91 33 36 79

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Aixcentric was set up by Lynne Alderson three years ago as a channel to send out info on events taking place around Aix as well as news, relevant books, the latest films, new shops and of course where to eat locally. Why?

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"It came about out of frustration with the lack of communication in the town. Posters would suddenly go up about an event that week. No prewarning. I had difficulty too in finding information from many of the tourist offices. Things are slowly getting better and there is sometimes information in English. Hopefully by keeping an eagle eye on the local press and talking with contacts in town, I can publicize fun things that people would otherwise miss. It's a ragbag of info that I come across on my travels. I've published nearly 600 posts now and have lots of followers so hopefully, it is fulfilling its role of helping people, residents and visitors alike, get the most of their time in Aix."

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