Calanque de Sormiou

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Les Calanques , France
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The largest calanque hit headlines in 1991 when diver Henri Cosquer from Cassis swam through a 150m-long passage 36m underwater into a cave to find its interior adorned with wall paintings dating from around 20,000 BC. Now named Grotte Cosquer , the cave is a protected historical monument and closed to the public. Many more are believed to exist. Take bus 23 from Marseilles’ Rond-Point du Prado metro to the La Cayolle stop, from where it is a 3km walk.

Two seasonal restaurants with fabulous views serve lunch (and require reservations). Le Château has the best food but does not take credit cards; Le Lunch , which actually also serves dinner, has the better view. Diners with reservations are allowed to drive into the calanque; otherwise, mid-April to May the road’s open to cars weekdays only and closed entirely June to September.