Are you a Marseille local or on a vacation and tired of the usual tourist activities? A kayak tour is an ideal plan to enjoy the city and have a great day! Marseille is not just known for its old port, its Velodrome stadium or its pétanque players. It has exceptional natural biodiversity and breathtaking landscapes. You will find coves, caves, cliffs, islands and archipelagos, unique fauna and flora and surprising geology.
Enjoy this unmissable activity with family or friends because kayaking allows you to enjoy the beauty of the coves and the calm of the water. You can even discover secret places that are generally inaccessible.
Where to go kayaking in Marseille?
• Riou Archipelago: If you're seeking peace and quiet, a trip to this archipelago of islands, each one more spectacular than the last, is your best bet. The islands of Mare and Tiboulen, Jarre and Jarron, and the island of Riou are all visible from the Maronaise beach. This is the most desirable island because it is the least accessible. You won't see any hikers or visitors here. As a result, it is unquestionably the most varied and wild path. On the road to Riou, you'll pass through a variety of coves, including Marseilleveyre, Podesta, and La Mounine.
• Calanques de Cassis: Starting from Por miou, a little town near Marseille, you'll proceed to the creeks of Por pin and En veau, then to the creeks of Loule and Devenson if the excursion lasts the whole day. These coves, particularly En veau, are known for their turquoise water baths and afternoon naps under the pine trees. It's a breathtakingly beautiful location that will steal your breath away.
• Bay of La Ciotat: Starting from Saint Jean Beach, you'll pass through the old harbour and the shipyard, which are full of stories and anecdotes, before arriving at the 'bec de l'aigle', or 'eagle's beak', a term that will make perfect sense once you see this massive rock with its unique shape. After passing through the Figuerolles bay, you'll arrive on the green island, where you may eat, swim, and relax while learning about the island's wildlife, vegetation, and rich history.
• Frioul Archipelago: During this journey, you will see Pomègues, Ratonneau, Tiboulen, and If, which make up the Frioul Archipelago. The arid climate and stunning desert scenery characterise the archipelago.
Who is qualified to participate in this activity?
Even youngsters can begin kayaking at a young age and spend a day kayaking. Marseille and its surroundings are perhaps the ideal places to start. Life jackets, waterproof bags, and double paddles will be provided on-site, but don't forget to bring a change of clothes, a swimming costume and towel, sunglasses, sunscreen, and a cap. A picnic spread would be ideal too! Bring your camera along so you don't miss this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity!
You can't go wrong with a day of kayaking in a beautiful setting now that you have all the knowledge you need. So, what exactly are you waiting for? There are no more excuses for not spending a day kayaking in Marseille.