Essential of the creeks (6 creeks)

Visit 6 largest calanques from Marseille thanks to a unique boat tour!

From Callelongue to Sugiton via Sormiou or the Riou Archipelago, get on board and discover the most beautiful places of the Mediterranean Sea in Marseille.

Duration : about 2 hours

The creeks are splendid natural places preserved. The creeks are often difficult to access.
Never mind: Croisieres Marseille Calanques offers you to discover the 6 calanques of Marseille in 2 hours.

The ideal time to discover by the sea the famous creeks of Marseille !

Callelongue : the first creek to discover in Marseille

Fishing port, the calanque of Callelongue is an emblematic place of Marseille. Became a high place of the Marseille gastronomy, Callelongue is located at the end of a chaotic road named "the world's end road".
In that calanque begin a famous hiking trail named GR 98 from which experienced hikers and climbers can traverse the whole massif.

Callelongue, first calanque of Marseille-Cassis

"World's end", Callelongue bears its name well !
Located at the end of Marseille (8th arrondissement of Marseille) in the Massif Marseilleveyre after the famous district of Goudes and is the beginning of the calanques between Marseille and Cassis.
Named in Provencal "cala lònga", Callelongue meaning "big creek".
Once arrived in this small cove with a small port, you can't go further. The small cabanas set overlooking the small harbor further strengthen the authentic side of this beautiful cove Marseille.

The “telescaphe”, an old and unusual way to discover the seabed

In 1967, the telescaphe was created in the calanque of Callelongue. This machine which is a mix between a cable car and a spacesuit allowed to see the seabed from the callelongue to the island of Maïre.
After one year the telescaphe was unfortunately abandoned but now tourists and curious people can see the remains of the craft and its mechanism.

Marseilleveyre and the Mounine : sheltered and intimate environment

As soon as the sun shows up, the calanque of Marseilleveyre becomes one of the favorite trips of local from Marseille.
In addition to its beautiful scenery and its exceptional flora, Marseilleveyre shelters something unique in Marseille: "Chez le Belge", a very typical and local restaurant which has become an institution among hikers in the creeks!

Marseilleveyre and the Mounine... To discover by the sea

Marseilleveyre combines two advantages: it is close to the city center and at the same time, is accessible only by boat or on foot, in about 45 minutes.
The cove, also popular for its wildness and the beauty of its landscape is visited only by motivated hikers ! Along the coastline running from Callelongue Marseilleveyre, another tiny cove marks out the hiking trail: the Mounine.
His name is simply derived from the nickname that was formerly attributed to the female sex in Provencal slang.

View from our cruises to Marseilleveyre

The magic nature and flora of Marseilleveyre

The unique flora Marseilleveyre Nature has endowed the massive Marseilleveyre a very specific flora, which is the shelter of endemic species. The "leopard skin" that covers the massive Marseilleveyre is a name that describes the scrubland growing bushy and scattered on the rock.
This is an ecosystem with its own peculiarity. It includes, among other plant species, heather, sarsaparilla, Aleppo pine or juniper cade, the centipede fern or even the very local Gouffé grass. A forest of oaks completes the panorama.
The creek Marseilleveyre and the Mounine offer proximity to Maïre and Tiboulen Islands.

Riou island, Podestat, Queyrons and Escu creeks to discover

Observe the spin-off of small creeks along the coast and completely inaccessible by foot, stunning lookouts facing an archipelago of four islands inhabited by a wild fauna composed of sea birds and reptiles, formerly inhabited by fishermen ...

The Riou, the Queyrons, Podesta and the Escu

The archipelago of Riou is a protected nature reserve, uninhabited. With its islands stretching in a line along the Calanques of Marseille, it is home to flora and fauna that are subjected to strict regulations to preserve.
The main island is Riou, which displays 190 m altitude and high white limestone cliffs to the south. Northern meanwhile offers a sandy beach and another pebble.

The islands of Riou

  • Islands Maïre
  • Jarre
  • Jarron
  • Plane
  • Riou

The Queyrons, Podesta, the Escu

The creeks of Queyrons, Podestat and Escu are very wild and discreet creeks, difficult to access.
With this boat tour, you will also enjoy stunning views and inaccessible by foot surprises.

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Sormiou : the beautiful calanque in the south of Marseille

Famous for rock climbing, Sormiou is the widest Calanque in Marseille, 800m long and 600m wide.
Its main feature being the numerous small houses where fishermen settled down from 1894 and established a small fishing port. Houses have neither running water, nor electricity.
The access by road is well hidden, as if the inhabitants had wanted to protect this little piece of paradise.

A dive spot and a movie set

When you visiting Sormiou by the sea you will quickly realize the beauty of this Mediterranean coast.
Framed and separated from the cove of Morgiou by two peninsulas formed by the crest of Sormiou on one side and the Morgiou crest on the other, Sormiou is very popular with locals, tourists but also and especially by divers !
The turquoise blue water of the cove shelters splendid seabed very appreciated by the divers. The flora, for its part, preserved in its original state is often used as a movie set. For example, the film "La French" with Jean Dujardin and Gilles Lelouche.

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Discover the Cosquer Cave during your boat tour

At 37 m depth , the fabulous cave Cosquer was discovered in 1985 by Henri Cosquer Its paintings are the work of men and women living in this place 27 000 years ago, when the water level was between 120 and 150 meters below the current level.

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The history of the Cosquer Cave Marseille

The Cosquer cave is the only paleolithic decorated cave discovered by humans in south- eastern France. It is also peculiar by its immersed access through a tunnel 37 meters deep at the foot of Cape Morgiou. Discovered in 1991, it is now closed to the public.

The Cosquer cave by boat

Listen to the story of the first inhabitants of Marseille admiring from the boat the calanque de la Triperie which is the location of the Cosquer cave. Another original to note: this cave is the first to represent penguins on rock paintings.

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Morgiou and Sugiton: both magical creeks of Marseille

Morgiou and Sugiton are true mineral and aquatic paradises sheltered from any habitation. Only accessible by a marked trail to discover the fauna and flora of the mountains, these two creeks are located in the heart of the 9th district of Marseille.
The preserved nature of these Mediterranean jewels attracts thousands of hikers and boaters each year dreaming of discovering these exceptional creeks.

Morgiou : a beautiful calanque in Marseille

Smaller than his neighbor Sormiou, Morgiou is however very similar: the same orientation, the same situation at the end of the valley and the same beautiful bank.
It was in this small fishing port (XVth century) we celebrated a visit from the king with a traditional tuna fishing event called madrague.
37m under Morgiou Cape we find the prehistoric cave Cosquer, discovered in 1985. It is covered with rock paintings dating back 27 000 years. The site was inhabited because at that period it was 150m below sea level.

Calanque de Sugiton: the naturist twin of Morgiou

Near the university campus of Marseille Luminy is the pretty calanque of Sugiton.
Its waters from emerald to turquoise are within the reach of brave hikers and boats. 10 meters from the shore is the rocky island called the Torpedo or "Swan" is also one of the features of recognition of this beautiful creek in the district of Redon.
A little further, after the Torpedo, the Fallen Rocks (or fallen stones) often host the most desolate local naturists.
Would you like to explore the Massif des Calanques of Marseille and Cassis? Contact us to book your boat tour.