Sailing and climbing

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The best climbing spots easily accessible by boat

A few hours away from Switzerland, welcome to Marseilles in the climbers’ paradise. Other destinations, allowing you to combine your passion for climbing with sailing, are available. Do not hesitate to contact us.

Voile et escalades dans les Calanques de Marseilles

Les Calanques de Marseille…. Perfect destination for the climbing enthusiasts.

The Côte d’Azur offers an array of breathtaking views. Between the coves , the creeks and the beaches perfect for farniente, you can find well equipped sea ports with cultures which have bathed in art and history. From the old port of Marseille to the Cassis coves, crossing the Hyères Islands : Porquerolles, the natural reserve of Port-Cros, the Levant Island or the visit of the mythic ports of St-Tropez or Port Grimaud, the charm of the variety of choices before you will leave you agape.

The keen sport climbers will benefit from the advantage of having their sailboat to come even nearer to their favourite climbing spots in the Calanques de Cassis. En Vau, Sormiou, Morgiou are the climbers’ paradise which are easily accessible by sea.

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Ports of departure

The old port of Marseille is a perfect starting point to rent a yacht and sail away for one or more weeks down the Cote d’Azur. The nearby rocky inlets and Frioul facing you are only a snapshot of the great sailing zone awaiting you. We also offer departures from St-Mandrier, next to Toulon or from Hyères. This will give you the chance to sail in the Pelagos Archipelago, reputed for the presence of huge fishes such as dolphins, sharks, whales and sunfishes.

Wind

This Mediterranean area can be divided in two zones. On the west side of Toulon, the winds blowing from the Nort West prevail all year round. The Tramontana blows from the Pyrénés at Sète and the mistral comes down the Rhone valley, sometimes reaching Corsica and Sardinia. The sky in this region owes its exceptionnal blue colour to the mistral. The summer breeze rarely exceeds 15 to 20 knots, from the south and the south east. The Mistral has little influence on the east of Toulon. A marine wind from the South East blows generally as from noon, at not more than 15 knots and stops at nightfall.

Sea and tide

A southern / south westerly sea surge can sometimes occur on the west of Toulon, but it rapidly decreases as it approaches East. The temperature of the water in summer is perfect for all seawater activities. There is no major tide (less than 30 cm).

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Itineraries

Suggestion of routes (click on the map for further details) :

Voile et escalades dans les Calanques de Marseilles

The most beautiful climbing tracks of the area are the following (click on the map for further details) :

  • Les Goudes : rock of Goudes, faces North or South

  • Sormiou : more than 300 routes, from 3a to 8a, spread over several cliffs

  • Morgiou : over a dozen tracks from 6a to 6c

  • En-Vau : the Pearl of the Calanques, wonderful creek with turquoise clear waters, oriented to the south east between high cliffs


If you wish to benefit from the advice of our expert on the Calanques of Marseille, we will be more than happy to put you in contact with Dédé, the main writer of the topo dedicated to the Calanques.

Suggested route 7 days from Marseille (St-Mandrier/Hyères is also possible)

  • Marseille - île Maïre - les Goudes - Sormiou - Morgiou - En-Vau - Concave - Cassis - Cap Canaille - Marseille = 50 MN (7 jours)

Note : the proposed routes are based on a sailing time of 2-3 hours daily at an average speed of 5 knots. We will be more than happy to guide you on the organisation of your sailing trip. If you are on the look-out for other itineraries, give us a call and we will gladly answer you.


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