Silos at Pointe Cacau

Quarries in the Calanques

© Parc national des Calanques
© P. Richaud
Restoration of the silos © Parc national des Calanques
Mediterranean house gecko © V. Rivière
The western peninsula of the Calanque de Port-Miou, called Pointe Cacau, offers the discerning walker many signs of its industrial past. In particular, there are the remarkable remains of six silos, into which the workers poured the crushed stones extracted from the neighbouring quarries.


Extracting Pierre de Cassis

Pierre de Cassis, formerly used widely, is easily accessible and of a very high quality at Pointe Cacau. The oldest official mention of an existence of a quarry in this area dates from 1720. Local quarrying families sold the limestone blocks they extracted to a wholesaler, Sieur César, who sold them to the King's services. The quays of the Royal Arsenal of Toulon were built with these stones.


The silos

Visible on the eastern side of the peninsula, the silos mark the local landscape. They are strong witnesses to this stone working activity. Like giant funnels, aggregates and limestone rubble were poured into them, which then slid down to the boats that were positioned just below them. You can imagine the noise that these avalanches of stones produced!


A little-known history

To date, there is no archival data to establish the date of construction or ownership of the silos. However, it is thought, given their architecture, that they were built in the late 18th or early 19th century.


A restored heritage site

The Pointe Cacau silos are now the property of the Conservatoire du Littoral, whose heritage on its territory the National Park manages. A private sponsorship with the architect Rudy Ricciotti made it possible, between 2017 and 2019, to restore a first group of silos that had been severely degraded and was in danger of collapsing into the sea. The National Park is now undertaking the restoration of the second batch, which should be completed by the end of 2021.


Did you know?

Mediterranean house geckos and Moorish wall geckos, two species of protected geckos, have taken up residence on the site of the silos. In order to preserve the habitat of these guests, unsealed spaces have been left free in the restored walls. Will you be lucky enough to see them basking in the sun on the silo walls?

Visiting and regulations

Before coming to the Calanques National Park, plan your visit and read the best practices to adopt and the rules to be followed.

Pointe Cacau can be explored all year round, except when the massifs are closed due to fire risk.



The silos can be seen from the sea or from the medium difficulty path around the peninsula. See the page dedicated to Pointe de la Cacau for more information.



GPS coordinates: 43.200408, 5.512100