SORMIOU


Heading east from Les Goudes, Sormiou is the first of the proper calanques to be reached; a deep, flooded valley with steep rocky sides. The approach to the area is through one of Marseilles' less salubrious neighbourhoods, which makes the contrast between city and wilderness all the more marked. The small cliffs of the Sormiou area are rapid drying and don't suffer from seepage to any extent. Most of the cliffs face more-or-less west, so get morning shade and afternoon sun. They are generally exposed to the Mistral, except for the central section of the Colline de Lune which offers some shelter.

Routes

107 winter routes (2...7c+)
Graded List of Routes
List of First Ascents
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Buttress (click for routes) No. of Routes Route Type Sunshine
or shade
Approach walk Other
Sormiou l'Arenas
A small set of easily accessible fingery routes in a sheltered sunny setting and very close to the...
11
Sport
Lots of sun!
Uphill

5 mins

sheltered
Colline de Lune - West Face
A closely packed set of interesting routes, accessible and catching the afternoon sun. The area is...
27
Sport
Lots of sun!
Uphill

5 mins

sheltered
Colline de Lune - South Face
Another batch of popular pack-'em-in kind of routes, though these are more sheltered from northerly...
30
Sport
Lots of sun!
Uphill

5 mins

sheltered
Col du Sormiou
At the point where the road pops over the col and the Calanque de Sormiou comes into view are two...
18
Sport
No sun
Roadside

0 mins

sheltered
La Pinèda
A small crag, basically taking the form of a north-south fin, climbing on the west-facing wall. The...
21
Sport
Lots of sun!
Uphill

5 mins

sheltered
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