Calanques National Park

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Created in 2012, the Calanques National Park is the tenth French national park and the first land-based, aquatic and periurban European park. Located just outside of Marseille, a French metropolis of two million inhabitants, this natural monument includes solid masses of coastline separated by creeks, as well as a vast aquatic space that includes one of the richest underwater canyons of the Mediterranean in terms of biodiversity. It also comprises several islands which are refuges of biodiversity as well as sources of heritage treasures. Located in one of the most arid and windy zones of Metropolitan France, the spectacular landscapes of land and aquatic spaces are home to many heritage, coastline and continental species.

Heritage

The Calanques offer a remarkable biodiversity with 140 land-based animal and vegetable protected species, 60 heritage aquatic species and a very rich cultural heritage. It is this unique set of land-based and aquatic ecosystems, on the coast and further inland, as well as specific cultural identities that the Calanques National Park has the role of protecting and developing for residents, users, and visitors as well as for future generations.

Carte Parc national des Calanqes

The national park in a nutshell

Calanques National Park
Bât A4 - Parc Valad
Impasse Paradou
13 009 Marseille
Tél. :+33(0)4 20 10 50 00

Chiffres clés

Date of creation

18th April 2012

Location

Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur Region in the Bouches-du-Rhône (13) department.

Heart (sea-based)

43 321 ha

Heart (land-based)

8 470 ha

Additional surface

2 621 ha