Hidden in high cliffs, En-Vau Calanque is one of the most spectacular Calanques of the mountains range. With a nice shingle beach and turquoise waters waiting for you at the back, we bet the spot will become one of your favourites.

Although most people think the opposite, En-Vau Calanque doesn’t belong to Cassis. It is part of Marseille quarter of Vaufrèges, in the 9th Arrondissement (south-east).

© Ben’Art photography
© Ben’Art photography

En Vau is one of the most remote calanques and its location on high cliffs makes it an ideal spot for climbing. Its shingle beach can be easily reached by taking the path from the mountain range or from the sea.

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The best way to access the calanque itself is to walk from the car park of « le col de la Guardiole ». If the col is closed, you can go through Port-Miou. The walk is not that easy, the rocks became slippery after so many walkers coming through. So leave your sandals and take good walking shoes, as well as water.

The car park of « le col de la Guardiole »

In the middle of En Vau Calanque, you will probably meet people in canoes coming from Cassis where kayaks and canoes can be rented.

Access to En-Vau calanque – Marseille


  • Good walking shoes to walk down and up the calanque.
  • Water shoes : some rocks are sharp and can hurt, and access to water is sometimes a bit difficult.
  • Water, plenty of water! Especially in summer.
  • A hat

Reminder: how to behave in Marseille natural heritage

The Calanques mountains range is a fragile natural space, steep and rocky that is not secured. It can be dangerous with crumble, falling branches or trees, cliff edges…. Visitors must wear walking shoes and have water, food and a map of the spot. Of course a mobile phone can be very useful as well. Remember, you must take back your rubbish and leave the place shiny clean.

The Calanques mountains range is made of gorgeous marked walking trails. Anyone who chooses to leave the trails puts nature (and the rare

plants) in danger. Therefore shortcuts are not a good idea, and cause rock slides. Piles of rocks are home to the « Sabline de Provence », a protected plant that is endemic in the Calanques.

How to behave in Marseille natural heritage :

  • On land
  • On sea
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Fire risk in the Calanques mountains range: limited access

In Marseille Calanques, fire risk is very high in summer. This explains why access to certain spots can be forbidden. Before you go, make sure you will be able to visit the spot you have chosen. Every day (from the 1st of june to the 30st of september only), the Bouches-du-Rhône prefecture publishes a map with the accessible spots.

Did you go there?

You went to En-Vau? Tell us, we want to hear about your experience!

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Calanque d’En-Vau, 13009 Marseille


From the 1st of june to the 30st of september access is regulated by prefectoral decree because of the fire risk in the Calanques mountains range. Before you go, check the access on the prefecture website here. (map updated everyday), or call the 0811 20 13 13.


  • 50 minutes from the “col de la Guardiole » car park (1H20 back)
  • 50 minutes from Port-Miou peninsula car park (1H20 back)

By car:

  • “Col de la Guardiole » car park : 559 route from Marseille to Cassis. From the 1st september to the 1st of July, access to the col de la Guardiole is forbidden to motorised vehicles.
  • Port-Miou Peninsula: in Cassis, take « Les Calanques » route to the car park located on the peninsula.


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