1. Explore the majestic calanques
With its clear blue waters and white limestone cliffs, dotted with spiny Mediterranean shrubs and pine trees, the Parc National des Calanques is a breathtaking sight. Its 25 otherworldly coves stretch around from the former Catalan fishing village Calanque de Samena to La Ciotat: heaven on earth for hikers, divers and beach bums. Ranking Marseille’s most spectacular calanques is like choosing a favourite child: Calanques de Niolon and Carry are best for adventurous dips, but if a top spot up were up for grabs, Calanque de Sormiou might clinch it. Access by car is tightly regulated, but this slice of paradise is fairly easy to reach on foot from Les Baumettes.