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Whether viewed from land or sea, these rocky stretches of Mediterranean coastline are like nothing you've ever seen before - highly recommendable.

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The Calanques

A little hiking amidst a very special rockscape.

The Calanques massif brings the city of Marseille to a mountainous end out along 20 kilometres (12 miles) of coast with lovely sea views, and makes a splendid outdoorsy day trip. At least four of those kilometres involve dramatically steep rocky escarpments beloved of hikers, nature lovers, and birders (other, more laid-back visitors might prefer to do their gawping by boat; excursions are available out of Port Vieux). If you're among the doughty who'd like to get out there amid the rocks, the least strenous route is the Calanque de Sugiton, reachable via Bus 21 on Rue Canebière and alighting at the final stop. Depending on the time of year, access may be restricted, so it is worth inquiring at the tourist office beforehand.



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