Hike exploring the sights and features of Cape Canaille.
Calculated time is computed with the distance, the height difference, and an average speed of 2.2 mph. For an intermediate walker, this time includes small breaks.
(1) From the end of Avenue du Mugel, head in the direction of Figuerolles cove by Avenue des Myrtilles or Avenue de Figuerolles. Arriving in the car park of the cove, head down the large stony stairs. The cove is dominated by spectacular, wild, ochre-colour conglomerate cliffs.
(2) Head back up the stairs and follow Avenue de Figuerolles. Pass in front of the houses to reach a major intersection. Turn left into the Chemin de Notre-Dame de la Garde following the yellow line.
After a steady climb, turn left towards the Notre-Dame de la Garde chapel via the side road that runs along the houses.
(3) The chapel is built against a rocky conglomerate mound which can be climbed following a route carved into the rock by taking the path on the right. There is a very nice view of the Trois Secs to one side, and the beginning of the Soubeyranes Cliffs to the other. Head back to the start of the path at the chapel and turn left onto a trail that cuts through fields to reach a beautiful building,
(4) This is the former home of Michel Simon. Reach Chemin du Sémaphone after the entry gate to the property and turn left. Continue to follow the yellow signs. A long steady climb leads to the last houses, then continue to the right on a small paved road that turns into rocky path through scrubland to the semaphore tower of Bec de l'Aigle, which offers a magnificent view of the sea and La Ciotat. From this point it is possible to head back and forth to the highest point of the cliffs at 394 m, allow for an additional hour.
(5) Follow the access road to the semaphore tower or the path below right, then from right towards La Grande Tête following the sign in the direction of La Ciotat via the Sainte-Croix chapel.
Follow the yellow-marked path that leads back to La Ciotat via the ridge overlooking the town and bay.
(6) Arriving at the port, continue to the right towards the shipyards and Mugel park (along the yards). Near the car park, take the small road down to the beach and Parc du Mugel.
(7) The park is free to enter. L'Anse du Sec is accessible by a path that heads south-east. The park’s viewpoint, which is well signposted, is accessible by a rough stony staircase; located 82 m above sea level, it offers impressive views of the sea and the cliffsides of the Bec de l'Aigle. Head out of the park and continue straight ahead along Avenue Mugel to return to the start.
D/A : km 0 - alt. km 0
1 : km 0.42 - alt. km 0.42 - Start
2 : km 0.6 - alt. km 0.6 - Figuerolles cove
3 : km 1.93 - alt. km 1.93 - Notre-Dame de la Garde chapel
4 : km 2.62 - alt. km 2.62 - The home of Michel Simon
5 : km 4.97 - alt. km 4.97 - Bec de l’Aigle semaphore tower.
6 : km 8.66 - alt. km 8.66 - Harbour.
7 : km 9.83 - alt. km 9.83 - Mugel Park
D/A : km 11.33 - alt. km 11.33
Mugel car park is a paying car park all year round, in off-peak periods it is possible to park for free in the Avenue du Mugel or nearby.
We advise taking IGN maps with you on this walk. Click here to buy : 3245ET.
Hikideas and this author cannot be held responsible in the case of accidents or problems occuring on this walk.
Beautiful loop between the vineyards and the coastal path with magnificent panoramic views.
A beautiful hike to the heights of Ollioules and Sanary, off the beaten track. Exceptional views over the on the coast of La Ciotat in Porquerolles, and the interior of La Cadiere d'Azur in Revest, the chain of the Sainte Baume ridges and the gorges of Ollioules.
The path alternates between shaded areas in the Mediterranean scrubland and parts where the sun heats the limestones of the La Colle massif.
On this walk you'll discover some of the locations used to film Manon des Sources and Jean de Florette (1986): the Grotte de Mounoï cave, the dried-up stream and the Villa Renard - the hunchback's house.
This route will also let you discover the Vallon des Martyrs, with its monument commemorating resistance fighters executed by the SS in 1944. All along the walk you'll experience incredible Provence landscapes and the Sainte-Baume.
Walk on the ridge of Sainte-Baume after visiting the Cave of Mary Magdalene.
A walk with breathtaking views of four coves (calanques)
Circuit following in Marcel Pagnol's footsteps, passing by the Baume du Plantier (Manon’s Cave) then reaching the legendary Garlaban. The return journey passes by the peak of Taoumé and Grosibou Cave and ending with the Vallon de Passe-Temps.
This hike is not very difficult and is suitable for the whole family.
Pretty paths through the pines and the garrigue.
A walk to the coves (calques) of Luminy estate in Marseille with exceptional views
A truely beautiful balcony hike between sea and mountains towards Cape Sicié arriving at Notre-Dame de la Garde or du Mai
360 ° view.
A splendid walk starting from the Encanaux, near Auriol, along the top of the Infernets and then the Coutronne ravines. At times along the cliffside ravines, similar to some sections of the Gorges du Verdon. From Lare Pass (Col de la Lare), you will have a magnificent view of the Sainte-Baume range and the Pic de Bertagne to the south and Sainte-Victoire Mountain, Mont Olympe and Mont Aurélien to the north.
For more walks, use our search engine.
The GPS track and description are the property of the author.