Luminy - Oeil de Verre - Candelle

A Marseille walk posted on 07/10/13 by alainpong. Update : 12/10/17

A hike among the Marseilles calanques, offering breathtaking views and the opportunity for a little exercise

Technical sheet
Calculated time Calculated time: 4h50[?]
Distance Distance : 6.5mi
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 2523ft
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 2493ft
Highest point Highest point : 1358ft
Lowest point Lowest point : 69ft
Extreme Difficulty : Extreme
Back to starting point Back to starting point : Yes
Walking Walking
Location Location : Marseille (13000)
Starting point Starting point : N 43.230511° / E 5.436647°
Map IGN Map (Click to buy) : Ref. 3145ET


(D) Start from the Avenue de Luminy carpark, at the starting point for all the trails.

Head towards the Col de Sugiton (due south) by the nature / heritage trail. On reaching the col (1), head left, towards the bay. After 250m, do not take the track which drops to the sea but stay on the main track, which does not lead downhill (2). This is the red trail. Follow it southeast throughout the route. After making your way around a number of fallen trees, you arrive within a few metres of the water, where it is possible to swim.

(3) Start the climb, still following the red waymarks, negotiating some sections fitted with a few climbing aids.
This climb takes about an hour and a half and is difficult. It leads through the "Devil's Chimney" (Cheminée du Diable) to reach the plateau at the "Glass Eye Saddle" (Pas de l’œil de Verre).

(4) End of the climb and start of the way back (allow an hour and a half to two hours) joining the path GR 51/98 (red and white waymarks),which you follow to the end. Skirt the foot of the Grande Candelle and enjoy the views of La Ciotat, Cassis and Marseilles.

The return leg is quick and easy, following the red and white waymarks to the Col de Sugiton (1), and continuing back to Luminy carpark (A).

Waypoints :
D/A : mi 0 - alt. mi 0 - Avenue de Luminy carpark
1 : mi 1.08 - alt. mi 1.08 - Col de Sugiton
2 : mi 1.3 - alt. mi 1.3 - Stay on the main track which does not go downhill
3 : mi 2.71 - alt. mi 2.71 - Start of the climb, following the red trail
4 : mi 3.27 - alt. mi 3.27 - End of the climb and start of return journey
D/A : mi 6.5 - alt. mi 6.5 - Avenue de Luminy carpark

Useful Information

N.B. There is a section fitted with chains and rungs and another section with no climbing aids which requires a good level of fitness.
This hike is not suitable for dogs since there are some scrambling sections requiring the use of handholds.

We advise taking IGN maps with you on this walk. Click here to buy : 3145ET.

Click here to see how to reach the starting point.

Hikideas and this author cannot be held responsible in the case of accidents or problems occuring on this walk.

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During the walk or to do/see around

A little swim in clear water is possible and highly recommended, but remember you have another three and a half hours of walking to complete the circuit.

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