Calanque de Sormiou Marseille | Sights

Beach Find: Calanque de Sormiou Marseille

Marseille’s Calanque de Sormiou has been dubbed (by us) as the lazy man’s calanque. Although a trip to Marseille shouldn’t happen without a visit to one of its breathtaking calanques, they take hard work and effort to get to – often requiring hours of hiking or even kayaking to enter the secluded inlets.

If this doesn’t sound much like a holiday to you then Calanque de Sormiou is definitely the ticket.

Situated only 30 minutes drive from the center of Marseille; it takes this insider tip to get you in effortlessly. Phone Le Chateau (the calanque’s only full service restaurant) and make a lunch booking. This’ll give lazy travelers a free pass to drive right into the calanque, bathe in the pristine Mediterranean Sea and sun and then feast on fresh seafood without even having worked up a sweat.

If hiking’s your thing, by all means! There’s a path that’ll take you a good hour to cover and by the end of it you’ll deserve that lengthy beach nap.

Le Chateau Restaurant at Calanque de Sormiou Marseille
Route du Feu de la Calanque de Sormiou, 13009 Marseille, France
+33 4 91 25 08 69


Calanque de Sormiou Marseille | Sights

Hiking down to Calanque de Sormiou – Photo: John Woodamb

Calanque de Sormiou Marseille | Sights

A busy day at Calanque de Sormiou – Photo: Katherine Hala

Calanque de Sormiou Marseille | Sights

By the crystal clear waters of Calanque de Sormious – Photo: John Woodamb

Jenny Nguyen-Barron | Melting Butter Founding EditorJenny is Melting Butter’s Founding Editor. She’s NYC based via Melbourne, London and Amsterdam. Her hotspot recommendations have also appeared in ForbesLife, Belle Magazine, National Geographic Traveler Magazine, Gotham Magazine, JBFTaste, and New York Observer’s Very Short List.Read about Jenny’s favourite hotspots here

(Feature Image: BurnOsoleil)

Share this




  • LONDON: Eat here, drink here, date here. The exposed brick walls, wooden floors and high windows of @sagerandwilde London are the perfect backdrop for the aforementioned activities, and that’s all before delving into the carefully crafted, by-the-glass wine list. Correspondent @rileyzuckerman reports on #MeltingButterLondon #SagerandWilde #Wine
  • Meet Livia, Creative Director of @LiviaArenaLabel - a Melbourne-based contemporary fashion label with a focus on local & sustainable production. With a recently opened all-in-one flagship store, design studio and factory space @JoannaKawecki (in cross-collaboration with @Champ_Travel) sat down with #LiviaArena for our latest edition of #MeltingButterCurators to get to know the ins and outs of their production model and the Melbourne hotspots that inspire her most. Read more on today. #MeltingButterMelbourne 📷 @olivialorrainetran
  • LONDON: @KitriStudio's pop-up has just opened in Marylebone. The new womenswear brand offering affordable distinctive classics has commissioned design duo @CampbellRey to create this striking space of powder pink walls, burgundy accents and geometric contrasts. “We wanted to create something that felt striking and elevated but with a real sense of fun” #MeltingButterLondon #KITRIpopup



Follow Me on Pinterest