Once you are done with the bustling life of the urban city, take your chance of revealing one of the secrets of Marseille. Don’t look for it in downtown, you’ll have to leave the noisy neighborhoods behind, and go for the wild nature. Calanque de Sugiton, a set of mind-blowing geological formations, is a very popular destination both for locals and travelers.
These kinds of limestone canyons can be seen all along the shores of the Mediterranean. Marseille, the second largest city of France, enjoys a suitable location, just a few miles away from Calanque de Sugiton. There are two ways of arriving at Calanque de Sugiton. You can either book a boat tour or hike.
Go on a Boat Tour
You can, of course, go on a boat tour both from Marseille and Cassis, a small fishing village not too far away from the city, but there are a few disadvantages to consider. A boat cruise to Calanque de Sugiton offers spectacular views, but no first-hand experience. In the majority of cases, you can’t get off the boat to explore the nature, dive in, or walk on the beach. If you are not on budget travel and can afford both the cruise and the hike, go ahead and make a reservation.
Take a Hike
Hiking to Calanque de Sugiton is the perfect way of enjoying the spot. True, you will need a lot of time and a good physical shape. An average hiker can successfully get there. Make sure to take a bottle of water and a snack; there are no shops or cafes nearby.
If you choose hiking to Calanque de Sugiton, you will also have an opportunity to swim in the crystal clear waters of the bay. There are no words to describe the waters that touch these shores. They are so transparent that sometimes it’s hard to understand whether the person swims in water or floats in the air. If you are a risk-taker, you can even dive from a cliff to the depth of blue underwater flora.
The key of preserving such a wild beauty near an urban city is the set of rules, which imply to all visitors. For instance, you are not allowed to litter the territory, light a bonfire, and even pick flowers. You’re only a guest, so enjoy the goods of the nature and leave as though you never were here. Take a good sunblock. The hike will be a battle between your skin and the hot sun and guess who will win it without a sunblock shield!
Depending on the weather conditions, access can be fully or partly denied to the visitors. Check the local weather forecast before leaving the hotel.
Finally, you have more than 5 months to visit this site. Do not leave it for the summer vacation, because the entrance to the area is closed from June to September. The reason is the dry weather and the possibility of a fire. Other than that, you are free to indulge yourself in the nature of Marseille and pack up with memories from your French tour.