Calanque de Sormiou
  • Office du Tourisme et des Congrès de Marseille
  • 4, la Canebière
  • 13001 Marseille
  • Phone:+33 (0)826 500 500
  • Fax:+33 (0)
  • Website
The largest of Marseille's calanques (rocky inlets), Sormiou, hit the headlines in October 1991 when Henri Cosquer, a diver from Cassis, swam through a narrow, 150 m-long passage 36 m underwater into a submerged cave to find its interior adorned with prehistoric wall paintings from around 20,000 BC. Now named the Grotte Cosquer, the cave is a historical monument.

Practical information

Opening hours

Always open

Access by car:
March 15 - June 14: authorized access (except on weekends)
June 15 - Sept 14: access forbidden
Sept 15 - March 14: authorized access


Free admission

Parking fee: €4

How to get there

In Marseille, follow the southbound avenue de Hambourg past César's thumb on rond-point Pierre Guerre to chemin de Sormiou. From the end of this road, the route du Feu forest track (a 45-minute walk) leads to Sormiou's small, isolated fishing port and beach.


Weather may restrict access. Call the day before at +33 (0)8 11 20 13 13


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