Altitude 67m a.s.l
frog hang © Andre Hedger
Les Goudes is the most westerly of the Calanques, a super and isolated feeling spot, it is best avoided on sunny weekends when half of Marseilles like to visit the place. There is an excellent variety of climbing here, short and easy, long and hard and all stations in between. Sunny or shady, single pitch or multi-pitch, slabby or overhanging - it has the lot. Only a smallish selection of the climbing available is described, for a more detailed overview consult the local guidebook.
The lower cliffs here are east facing, recessed and very sheltered, whereas the higher west facing walls catch the wind and are exposed to the worst of the weather. The steepest walls offer some climbing in the rain and seepage isn't normally a problem.
The tiny inlet and fishing village of Callelongue is situated beyond the southwestern tip of Marseilles and is signed from some distance away. Head south and west from the city until you are on the sea front road. Pick up signs for 'Pointe Rouge' and 'Les Goudes' and the road eventually leads through Les Goudes and on to Pay and Display parking in Callelongue within sight of many of the cliffs. Walk up the main street and past a barrier to reach the dry valley that runs inland towards all the cliffs described.
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