Yes, it is possible, authorized and recommended to visit the Calanques by bike!!!

A lot of contradictory informations can be heared and it is sometimes difficult to disentangle the true from the false:

  • cycling is authorized in the Calanques.
  • The map of authorized routes can be seen here
  • the quota of 200 people per day put in place during the summer of 2022 only concerns the Calanque de Sugiton and its immediate surroundings. Access by bicycle is prohibited.
  • Access to the National Park by bike is possible all year round with the exception of red days, during the summer when the wind and the risk of fire are too great. Access is then prohibited regardless of the means of transport. The update is made the day before at 6 p.m. The information is available daily on the MyCalanques application or on the General Council website.
  • The National Park is spread over 3 cities : Marseille, Cassis and La Ciotat. Most of the territory of the Calanques is located in Marseille. It is therefore wrong to speak of the Calanques de Cassis.
  • it is possible to easily reach by bike all Calanques located on the road which leads to Callelongue, Sormiou, Morgiou.
  • For the more daring or athletic, it is possible to cross the Calanques to reach Cassis, the belvedere of En Vau.
  • Marseille and the Calanques benefit from an exceptional climate, sunny and dry, allowing cycling in all seasons. During the winter and outside the toputistic peaks of attendance, the bike allows access to preserved places of great tranquility.
  • Cycling compared to other modes of transport contributes to the preservation as well as to the tranquility of the place

3 RECOMMENDED ROUTES

The Easy way : Coastline, parks and castles

This route does not go into the heart of the National Park but nevertheless allows access to its surroundings without too much effort or difficulty.

For who :

Families, non-athletes, in a hurry

Which bike:

Hybrid bike or mountain bike or cargo bike or electric hybrid bike

Interests:

Route des Goudes, Baie des Singes, Château Pastré, Château Borely

Alternatives :

Corniche Kennedy, Huveaune, Velodrome Football stadium, Cité radieuse

Type of routes:

Road: 20% Cycle tracks: 20% Paths: 60%

The Classic tour : Calanques Trilogy

This route is the one we recommend whether you come here for the first time or you live in Marseille forever. Several variants are possible depending on your shape, the time you have, the season, the desires for swimming or eating out,

For who :

Everybody

Which bike:

The more sporty will use a Gravel or a non-electric mountain bike. For others, an electric mountain bike or hybrid bike will be perfect.

Interests:

Route des Goudes, Baie des Singes, Château Pastré, Belvédère de Sormiou, Morgiou, Roy d’Espagne.

Alternatives :

  • Descent to Sormiou Calanque, Morgiou or both
  • Staying at the Sormiou belvedere without route down to the cove

Type of routes:

Road: 30% Cycle tracks: 20% Paths: 50%

The sport tour : National Park integral crossing

This route is the one we recommend whether you come here for the first time or you live in Marseille forever. Several variants are possible depending on your shape, the time you have, the season, the desires for swimming or eating out,

For who :

For the more athletic. Even on an electric mountain bike, this route is long and quite difficult. Bring a picnic and lots of water.

Which bike:

Mountain bike (electric) full suspension. Also possible with Gravel bike if you are a very good cyclist.

Interests:

Les Goudes, Belvedere of Sormiou, Luminy, Col Ricard, Vallon de Chalabran, Col de la Gardiole, Belvedere of En Vau, Port Miou, Cassis.

Alternatives :

  • Belvedere of En Vau optional.
  • Possibility to turn around at the Col de la Gardiole
  • Possibility to leave directly by the Pastré park or even to join Luminy to shorten the game in Marseille
  • Return possible by road, by the same route or by train (arrival at La Blancarde station in Marseille).

Type of routes:

Road: 10% Cycle tracks: 10% Paths: 80%