The Calanque de Figuerolles

Less popular than Mugel, the calanque de Figuerolles nevertheless has nothing to envy its neighbor. Facing south, the place is very photogenic and makes the happiness of many sportsmen in search of climbing, diving, or kayaking.

After a staircase of 87 steps...

Formerly planted with fig trees – hence its name – the Calanque de Figuerolles is characterized by erosions of pudding-stone and by the Rocher du Capucin. In the heart of the Calanques National Park, the rock, view from a nearby headland, is called the Tête de Chien (Dog’s Head) due to its striking resemblance to this animal. As in the Calanque du Mugel, it is possible to swim here.

The Îlot du Lion also features many incredible rock formations.

Famous painters, such as Georges Braque or Othon Friesz, immortalised this landscape in their work.

The Independent Republic of Figuerolles

For the record, the hotel-restaurant Chez Tania has overlooked the calanque since 1956. One is even obliged to cross it to access the parking lot to the beach. Since this date, the Independent Republic of Figuerolles exists. A joke that we owe to the founders of the restaurant who found the place so atypical and different that it could not belong to France. According to legend, there is a time difference of one hour.

Did you know?

It is always possible to pay in figs. Indeed, 1kg of figs is equivalent to 6€! Moreover, Figuerolles means the fig trees garden in Provencal!”

As for the Mugel, it is not a sandy beach but a pebble beach. Attention: Our friends the dogs are not allowed on the beach.

How to come to the Calanque de Figuerolles?
  • On foot

    5 minute walk from the Figuerolles parking lot down a flight of stairs.

    25 minutes from the Tourist Office: go there


  • By car

    Figuerolles parking lot: paying all year-round. The first two hours of parking are free : go there

    From the A50 highway (exit 9): continue on D40B > take D141 and Avenue François Billoux toward Avenue de Figuerolles.

  • By bus

    Line 30 (Ciotabus). Get off at the Figuerolles stop and then walk 200 metres along Avenue de Figuerolles.

    €0.90 per ride.

More information on the regulations

To discover

in the Calanques National Park