Les Calanques, located on the outskirts of Marseilles and spanning all the way to Cassis 20km to the east, is one France's most famous natural beauties. The limestone massif is marked by an impressive, jagged Mediterranean coastline with deep green bays and forging promontories which offer not only breathtaking views and swims but also some of the best and most varied climbing in France - technical slabs, steep overhangs, single pitch extremes, multi-pitch delights, north, south, east or west facing... Les Calanques have it all: sport climbing, traditional climbing, deep water solo, etc.The Massif is divided into 6 main areas: Marseilleveyre, Les Goudes, Sormiou, Morgiou, Luminy and Gardiole. Put together these host a myriad of different crags and a total of circa 2,500 bolted routes and more than 1,000 trad routes.It is forbidden to camp in the park, but Cassis and Marseilles offer various types of accommodations. Depending on the sector, the access can be from one city or the other. Cassis is closer to most of the crags and from the town it is possible to take a boat or walk towards many routes.The best seasons are spring and autumn. Summer is too hot. If the mistral wind blows, it can be tough to climb.