The Calanque d'En Vau and its turquoise sea
It is one of the most beautiful creeks in Marseille but also one of the most isolated in the Calanques National Park. Being able to swim in En-Vau is a well-deserved reward because to access it, you have to hike or arrive by sea with a boat. Located in the Vaufrèges district, just before the Calanque de Port Pin, in the 9th arrondissement of Marseille, it is very confined with high cliffs surrounding it. It is so steep that the sun only slightly warms the sea below and the water is therefore always quite cold. It is quite sheltered, which is very appreciable because in windy weather, you will be protected. To access the cove, we advise you to put the flip-flops in the bag and put on good walking shoes! Also remember to take something to drink, sunscreen and a hat to avoid sunstroke.
Once you are fully prepared, if you leave from the cove of Port-Miou, it will take you about 1 hour and 15 minutes to cover the 3.5 km of road. From the La Gardiole car park, it will take you about 55 minutes to walk the 4.6 km through the Forêt de la Gardiole. It is important to know that if you are leaving from Port-Miou, the path is more sporty with unevenness and many stones. The path of La Gardiole, on the other hand, will certainly offer you a less beautiful view but it is easier because it is less steep and without difficulties. It's up to you then, if you prefer to favour ease of access or the view! For those who want more, on the left of En-Vau, the Castelviel plateau offers you some of the most pleasant wild landscapes for hiking. The place is also a renowned site for rock climbing. The views offer you breathtaking views and for the moment, make you want to stop and breathe. The view of La Ciotat hills is absolutely magnificent. You can also go for a Via Cordata or visit the cove by boat, kayak or paddle-board! Moreover, for those who prefer paddling rather than walking, you can rent kayaks at the Calanque de Port-Miou or Cassis for the bravest and go to En-Vau by sea. Remember to bring your mask and snorkel in order to enjoy the incredible underwater show that a diving session in En-Vau can offer. Many species of fish swim in its dreamy waters.
The cove being lined with forests, you can sometimes see wild boars coming down on the beach and enjoying the beach with the swimmers. The small pebble beach nestled at the bottom of the cove offers a sea with clear, turquoise waters. At the top of the Calanque, a viewpoint offers a magnificent panoramic view of the site. In particular a small rocky spot nicknamed the "finger of God". If the Calanque d'En-Vau is hard to reach, it is also a victim of its success and is quite frequented by tourists. Many brave people come to gather there. You will therefore have to leave early, which is ideal anyway to avoid the extreme summer heat.
It should also be noted that the Gardiole car park is closed in summer to avoid the risk of fire. Remember to check before leaving whether access to the roads is allowed, especially during the summer period.