When people talk about "Les Calanques"
it actually covers an area that is almost 20 kms long with several climbing sites :
Calanque de Sugiton / Luminy
Calanque de Morgiou
Calanque de Sormiou
The great thing is that you can climb almost all year long, apart from summer where it can be hot and closed for fire risks.
The landscape is stunning, as you climb right above the blue Mediterranean Sea !
The Calanques are also famous for two of its most passionated climbers :
and Georges Livanos
(known as "Le Grec").
Staying... and Getting There
- WHERE TO STAY :
The main place to stay is located in the small town of Cassis (20 kms East of Marseille). There you can find shops and petrol easily.
The camp site is :
Camping Les Cigales
Avenue de la Marne
Tel 04 42 01 07 34
It would be a mistake to stay in Marseille as there can be traffic jams (second biggest city in France after Paris... 1 million people),
and there is no camp site. However the good thing about is that it is only 3 hours away from Paris by train.
- HOW TO REACH CALANQUE D'EN-VAU :
From Cassis camp site, first drive to city centre.
From follow signs saying "Les Calanques". You will quickly reach the Bestouan beach.
Shortly after turn right through a residential area (don't follow the "Calanques" signs anymore). The road will go down to a car park, where you stop (15 minutes driving in total)
You then have to walk, following the track GR51 to the Calanque d'En-Vau (45 min hiking).
Site Description & Essential Gear
In Les Calanques, the entire rock is limestone.
It's not always perfect as there can be bushes and rotten rock, but usually the rock quality is very good.
Routes can be up to 150m high. A few are long horizontal traverse.
To descend, sometimes you have to abseil, sometimes you can walk down on the other side.
As there can several pitches the usual climbing gear
is need :
2x 50m ropes
Quickdraws and sling
Helmet (highly recommended !!)
Sun cream and lots of water in summer (undoubtedly)
Here is a description of the climbing areas in Calanque d'En-Vau
|Le Pouce||6||1 to 4||3a to 6c|
|La Grande Aiguille||5||1 to 3||3c to 5c|
|La Moitié Moitié||5||1 to 4||2c to 6b|
|Sirène||9||1 to 5||2b to 6a+|
|La Petite Aiguille||10||1||4c to 6a|
|Saphir||3||1 to 4||2b to 5c+|
|Dalle du Chat||6||1||5c to 7a|
|Dalle de la Conversation||7||1 to 3||4c to 7a|
|Doigt de Dieu||6||1 to 5||3b to 7a+|
|Arche des Marseillais||4||1 to 5||4b to 6b / A3|
|Secteur des Américains||20||1 to 5||4b to 8a|
|Passerelle||16||1 to 4||4c to 6c / A3|
|Conan||5||1||6b to 7b|
|Les Sans Souci||4||1 to 6||2b to 6b|
|Calendal||19||1||4c to 7b|
|Dalle de Port-Miou||15||1||5b to 7a|
The best guidebook is :
Escalade dans les Calanques
The best map is :
IGN 3245ET Aubagne / La Ciotat
And for weather forecast :
Meteo France > Cassis