Calanque of En-vau
Because of the high cliffs and its crystal clear water, the calanque d’En-Vau is the most spectacular in the national park. At the end, there is a shingle beach.
You can get there with the road 559, from Marseille to Cassis. In front of Carpiagne military camp, take the road that goes above the forêt de la Gardiole and keep going until the parking. The paths goes down, though the hill same at the same level. Therefore it feels like going though a gorge, eventually opening on the sea. It is a great award reward. The viewpoint is really worth stopping by, and the crests (Cassis side) are simply outstanding. En-vau is perfectly protected, so it’s a kayak heaven (Kayak rental from Cassis). It’s also the home of a few wild boars who sometimes swim among the tourists and lay down on the beach (don’t feed them please! they may become invasive and aggressive).
Calanque seen from the crests
Rio Archipelago seen from the crests
View from the path of Castelvieil
The beach and the petite aiguille
En-Vau, a beautiful swimming zone
Beach and cliffs of En-vau
A very calm sea
How to get there
- Duration: ~2h
- Departure point: La Gardiole or Port miou
- Route: Follow the calanque d’En-vau entrance path from La Gardiole. Since 2019, cars are forbidden in the col de la Gadiole all the year. It is recommended to go to the calanque from Cassis, by taking the hiking path going to the calanque de Port pin.
- You can also get to the calanque d’En-vau by boat. More info here