Elevation: 1,188 ft
GPS: 43.184, 5.567 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: kenr on Jun 23, 2019
Admins: Euan Cameron, Luc-514
Access Issue: Summer closures Details

Description

Included at the east end of the new Calanques National Park . . . though its rock is different from the main Calanques fjords between Marseille and Cassis, and though it has only one inlet of the Sea that seems much like a "calanque". But the quality of its climbing surely merits inclusion for a visit to "the Calanques" - (indeed Cap Canaille has been included in the "pink select" guidebook for the Calanques from long before its English-language edition).

Three main kinds of climbing rock on Cap Canaille: sandstone, limestone, and puddingstone (large-stone conglomerate). At least one of its classic multi-pitch routea ("Bienvenue chez Damoclès") includes all three.

In addition to multi-pitch routes and single-pitch crags, Cap Canaille also has seaside traverse routes and deep-water soloing (DWS).

guidebooks:
* Escalade - La Ciotat, by G.Bernard, G.Drouot, H.Guigliarelli.
* Calanques Climbing, by Jean-Louis Fanouil + Cedric Tassan (English version of the select pink "Calanques Escalade" French guidebook).

Distinctive feature seen from the Sea is the Semaphore building / tower (lat long approx N43.1748 E5.5742) -- useful for finding the way to some climbing routes.

The tops of many of the multi-pitch routes in the central and west areas are reached from parking areas on the Route des Cretes road (which connects high between the cities of La Ciotat and Cassis).

Non-climbing . . .
Kayaks and other kinds of boats can be used to explore from either of the two cities (some small islands and one fjord near La Ciotat) - (several fjords and at least one sea cave in range of Cassis).
Beaches: La Ciotat has interesting small rocky beaches, and Cassis has one the best sand beaches in France (or nearby Italy).
Road-cycling: Can make a loop between the two cities with the Route des Cretes forming one side. The descent East from the Route des Cretes to La Ciotat is beautiful and fun (but the connection west to Cassis has some very steep sections).
Plant viewing: Parc du Mugel has a sizable collection of species of outdoor plants on view.

Getting There

Reached from the seaside cities of La Ciotat and Cassis, with the Route des Cretes road connecting them across the top. Those cities are reached by the A50 interstate and Col de la Gineste road from the city of Marseille, and by the A8 to A52 interstate from the city of Aix-en-Provence and the Marseille / Marignane (MRS) international airport. Or by A52 from the seaport of Toulon.

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