Calanques National Park

The Calanques or inlets

Calanques National Park is the first national park in Europe to include land, sea and suburbs and the first metropolitan national park created since 1979. This tenth French National Park aims to allow everyone to be able to admire, work and live sustainably, in harmony with nature whilst respecting the area’s cultural identity.

Its main objectives are to preserve sustainability and promote the area’s natural and cultural heritage and its landscapes, to reconcile the protection of nature with human activities in the immediate vicinity of Marseille, the second largest city in France, to welcome the public, inform them and increase their awareness, and finally to tackle land and marine pollution.


  • Department: Bouches-du-Rhône
  • Area: Mediterranean
  • Park created on: 18 April 2012
  • Number of communes: 3 communes on the land: Marseille, Cassis and La Ciotat
  • Surface area: More than 50,000 hectares over land and sea
  • Number of inhabitants: Approximately 600 inhabitants on land