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Discover Calanques de Marseille by boat

Unique site in the world, the Calanques de Marseille attract thousands of tourists every year. Whether departing from the Vieux-Port de Marseille, the Port de Cassis or the Port de La Ciotat, renting a boat is the best way to explore the unspoilt nature of this area. Renting a boat in Marseille but particularly in its famous Calanques, is a privileged experience that will allow you to enjoy an exceptional panorama. 

Why visiting the Calanques by boat ?

Splendours of nature, the Calanques de Marseille offer a real dream landscape. The 23-kilometre-long Calanques de Marseille are made up of about twenty creeks. Renting a boat in the Calanques de Marseille is the best way to explore this dream setting. Indeed, sailing by boat will allow you to pass from creeks to creeks surrounded by sumptuous landscapes, a turquoise blue sea and exceptional fauna and flora. 




If you choose to rent a boat in the Calanques de Marseille, you will have several departure points. In fact, boat depart from: 

Old Port of Marseille: a meeting place for sea lovers, the Old Port of Marseille is an excellent starting point to discover the Calanques of Marseille. Don't forget to visit the Palace of Pharo and the Basilica of Our Lady of the Guard before your departure by boat. 

Port of Cassis: located 30 kilometres away from Marseille, the port of Cassis is ideal for a departure towards the Calanques. As soon as you leave the harbour, you will very quickly reach the Calanques and in particular the Calanque de Port-Miou, a small corner of paradise that shelters many underwater species. 

Port de la Ciotat: from this charming little Provençal port, you can sail west to reach the Calanques de Marseille.

Which boat should you pick to visit the Calanques ?

The Calanques de Marseille are a great place to sail and there is a huge offer of boats in the Calanques. For your trip or cruise in the Calanques de Marseille, it is important to choose the type of boat that will best suit your desires and expectations. There are many choices: the most famous is the tourist shuttle which offers tours with different options such as day trips, sunset trips... However, this is not the only possible solution. You can also choose to rent a boat. According to your tastes and desires, you can choose between: 

The rental of a sailboat: this option will allow you to discover the Calanques de Marseille with the pleasure of a silent navigation and in the respect of the environment. 

The rental of a catamaran: the rental of a catamaran in the Calanques is particularly appreciated. Indeed, catamarans are boats renowned and appreciated for their comfort and the simplicity of their navigation. The catamaran is the ideal boat to enjoy anchoring in exceptional places. 

Renting a semi-rigid: the semi-rigid can accommodate up to ten people and they are perfect for day trips with family or friends. They are very practical for activities such as fishing, water sports or even diving. 

Renting a boat without a licence: the joys of sailing are accessible to everyone. Many charter companies offer you the rental of a boat without a licence in the Calanques. Whether half-day, full-day or even weekly, unlicensed boats can accommodate 4 to 8 people on board and are easy to operate. Renting a boat without a licence will allow you to discover the pleasures of sailing while being independent. 

Renting a boat with a skipper: another option is to rent a boat with a skipper. The skipper is there to carry out the manoeuvres on board your boat and manage all the technical aspects of your cruise. He will be your guide during this experience. 




Renting a boat in the Calanques de Marseille will give you a total change of scenery: whether you will choose a catamaran, a sailboat or a boat without a licence, it is an unmissable experience. What could be better than the Calanques de Marseille and their breathtaking landscapes to launch yourself?

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