Ah, welcome to Marseille, capital city of France’s Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur Region that stubbornly refuses to let you waste its wealth of sunshine and warm weather sitting indoors. There are, after all, islands to visit, limestone rocks to scale, underwater landscapes to dive, natural parks to explore, and so much more. So once you’ve had your fill of urban cultural investigation and beachside relaxation, take a few minutes to check out some of the available adventure options that make this such an exciting city to visit.
You’ll of course want to start with the calanques, or, more specifically, the Massif des Calanques. Situated between Marseille and the city of Cassis to the southeast, these limestone valley formations are considered some of the most important of their kind in the world, offering adventure seekers a truly first class hiking and rock climbing destination. And speaking of climbing, you’d be remiss to overlook the Luberon Nature Park to the north. Here, amidst quaint towns and castles, you’ll discover a scenic natural habitat that’s a haven for hikers, climbers and mountain bikers. Continue to follow this radius westward and you’ll hit the Camargue Reserve, whose fauna and distinctive wetland scenery make for a truly unique experience in the coastal wilderness of southern France.
And what would an adventure summary of Marseille be without mentioning its phenomenal diving? From the Bay of Marseille east past the Iles d’Hyeres to Cavalaire, these waters are replete with cool wrecks, beautiful coral and interesting marine life. Follow in the footsteps (or flipper-steps) of Jacques Cousteau and experience some of the best underwater adventures available in France. It’s just one more reason to put Marseille on your French adventure itinerary.