Marseille Hiking, Provence the South of France

combine a city hike with the trains that will take you all over town and make the climb to the church overlooking the harbor.
Follow the big i to the tourist info and parking at the Old Port of Marseilles.
Marseille, The Chapel at Notre Dame de la Garde Cathedral

The Hiking Trail from Marseilles

The popular trail from Marseilles, the GR 98,  (Grande Randonnee) goes east /west above the rocky coast of the Mediterranean along the Calanques.  These inlets are sheltered harbors.  From Marseilles to Cassis is about 25 Km and could be a 14 hour hike or more,  (15 miles) depending on your Calanque visits.

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There exists along the coast between Marseilles and Cassis the Calanques  (inlets) large and small.
Eight large Calanques in order if you are
hiking from Cassis to Marseilles are: Port Miou, Port Pin, En Vau, L'Oule, Devensen Creek, L'Oeil de vere, Sugiton, and Morgiou.  Sormiou is in the vicinity of the end of the GR 98, about 8 km south of Marseilles.

Many trails cross the Marseilleveyre cliffs or massifs that loom high above the sea. Some trails will close due to fire hazard in July,  August,  and September.  The GR 98 will be open year round.  The GR 98 (51) follows the coastline  between Marseilles and Cassis and is the most heavily traveled and safest. (You are not likely to get lost) It can be a two day trip. You will need adequate water.  Port Morgiou can be a handy way station for overnight stops.  A road reaches the port village.
The GR 98 Trail is designed for walking, not technical climbing.  A good map is handy to have.  Many trails are in the area.
  Callenonque can be a starting point from Marseille or La Madrague  reached by bus from Marseilles
For beginning hikers, the trail from Cassis to Port Miou is a good short hike. (crowded on weekends)  Vehicles reach this port and many boaters use the inlet.  A little further on,  Port Pin makes a good short hike.
The tourist office at the end of the Old Port or Vieux Port provides info on parking and shuttles by both land and water along with hiking information  The big I is a good place to start a hiking trip in Marseilles.

City Hike

One planned hike takes you for the view from the Notre Dame de-la-Garde Cathedral where you can get a good oversight to the city of Marseille.

Marseille Tourist Offices, Hiking Information

The tourist offices in the city offer  maps and info. Follow the big i. At the end of the Old Port or Vieux Port You can find parking and shuttles by both land and water.

Marseille Tourist Offices list over 31 hikes within the city and outlying areas of Marseilles.  The hike from Marseilles to Cassis on the GR 98  the most notable strenuous hike.
Marseille Hiking in Provence the South of France can be on the GR 98 which goes east above the rocky coast of the Mediterranean along the Calanques.  These inlets are sheltered harbors near Cassis, about 25 Km or a 14 hour or more hike
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When To Go To Provence:  March, April, May, and June or September and October  are good times to go to Provence for hiking, biking and the culinary vacation.  The weather near Marseilles is Ideal from March to May  (60-75 F) and the trails will not be too crowded.  July and August are high season and crowded. Accommodations will be scarce.  Hiking trails could close due to fire danger in July,  August, and September.
Marseilles has a
dry Mediterranean climate with 300 days of sun but showers could come in Sept. Oct. and the winds in Fall and Winter can be a problem.  The Mistral's cold, high winds (Hurricane Force) can close the trails. Parts of the GR 98 can be slick during wet weather, the rocks are worn smooth.
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