A hike among the Marseilles calanques, offering breathtaking views and the opportunity for a little exercise
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.
(D) Start from the Avenue de Luminy carpark, at the starting point for all the trails.
Head towards the Col de Sugiton (due south) by the nature / heritage trail. On reaching the col (1), head left, towards the bay. After 250m, do not take the track which drops to the sea but stay on the main track, which does not lead downhill (2). This is the red trail. Follow it southeast throughout the route. After making your way around a number of fallen trees, you arrive within a few metres of the water, where it is possible to swim.
(3) Start the climb, still following the red waymarks, negotiating some sections fitted with a few climbing aids.
This climb takes about an hour and a half and is difficult. It leads through the "Devil's Chimney" (Cheminée du Diable) to reach the plateau at the "Glass Eye Saddle" (Pas de l’œil de Verre).
(4) End of the climb and start of the way back (allow an hour and a half to two hours) joining the path GR 51/98 (red and white waymarks),which you follow to the end. Skirt the foot of the Grande Candelle and enjoy the views of La Ciotat, Cassis and Marseilles.
The return leg is quick and easy, following the red and white waymarks to the Col de Sugiton (1), and continuing back to Luminy carpark (A).
D/A : km 0 - alt. km 0 - Avenue de Luminy carpark
1 : km 1.73 - alt. km 1.73 - Col de Sugiton
2 : km 2.09 - alt. km 2.09 - Stay on the main track which does not go downhill
3 : km 4.36 - alt. km 4.36 - Start of the climb, following the red trail
4 : km 5.26 - alt. km 5.26 - End of the climb and start of return journey
D/A : km 10.46 - alt. km 10.46 - Avenue de Luminy carpark
N.B. There is a section fitted with chains and rungs and another section with no climbing aids which requires a good level of fitness.
This hike is not suitable for dogs since there are some scrambling sections requiring the use of handholds.
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A little swim in clear water is possible and highly recommended, but remember you have another three and a half hours of walking to complete the circuit.
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