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Jun 6th, 2014, 11:34 AM
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Calanques in July

I am traveling around the South of France in early July and my husband and I would like to visit the Calanques. I've read various reports that all sound fantastic, but some questions:

1. We start that day in Marseilles and plan to visit Cassis, which side is better to hike from?
I have heard the hike to En Vau is the nicest, where does that start from and how long/hard is the trek?
2. Are hiking paths closed in early July? Some reports say you have to tour by boat during this season?
3. I have heard that Calanques car parks are notorious for theft, is there a recommended place to leave our car as we will be traveling with all of our stuff changing hotels that night.
4. Is there a hike that can be done in 1.5 hour max, we only have the morning half of the day to spend on this tour?

Many thanks!
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Jun 6th, 2014, 11:41 PM
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AMS140 -

1. Cassis
2. Paths very well might be closed - check with the tourist office in Cassis the day before.
3. Leaving your car full of all of your belongings and then heading off for a nice hike int he Calanques is really asking for trouble. Parking anywhere in Cassis will be a problematic in July and while there are a few pay lots in the village itself (which might be slightly more secure) it will take you at least 45 minutes to walk from them just to the start of the Calanques. Unless you are willing to take the risk, logistically, with only 1 1/2 hours, your idea is going to be tough to execute.

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Jun 8th, 2014, 12:31 AM
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I want to figure out how to make this work as I do not want to miss out on the Calanques. Maybe En Vau is too ambitious. Are the other closer 2 to Cassis especially beautiful as well? Am I better off trying for a boat view? I am not much of a fan of boats as I get seasick, but these are probably short rides?

Is there anywhere in town I can pay more for protected parking and then use public transport to get closer to the trails?

Any other advice on how to make sure we don't miss this spectacular site would be much appreciated!
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