Calanque National Park
Located in Southern France (near Marseille), Calanque National Park has over 200 miles of beautiful scenery and exciting things to do. Calanque was established in 2012 and is France’s 10th national park; it includes land, sea, and urban areas. You can reach the park by renting a car, or taking a bus from Marseille, and when it comes to lodging, your best bet is to stay in Marseille as well (the Hotel Dieu, which used to be the 18th-century hospital, is a good place to spend a few nights). Many park visitors take e-bike tours; these excursions often include lunch and are a great way to enjoy the scenery.
You’ll want to keep an eye out for wildlife, too — Europe’s largest lizard and its longest snake both live in Calanque National Park (the lizard is 23 inches and the snake is six feet, six inches). And of course, there are miles and miles of hiking trails in the park, so make sure to wear comfortable walking shoes. Calanque National Park is a peaceful weekend getaway for when you need some time in the great outdoors, and away from your smartphone. The towering limestone cliffs and beautiful blue water will leave you feeling peaceful and refreshed.