Sunny city, with a singing accent and a gentle way of life, Marseille offers a unique wealth and is exceptionally well situated. Between the city, the beaches, the creeks, the singing accent, the culinary specialties and the "Bonne Mère", Marseille is an interesting and exotic destination.
Marseille : the best beaches
You will discover its Vieux Port, its corniche, its gardens, its neighborhoods, its soap, its bouillabaisse and its pastis. Named European Capital of Culture in 2013, Marseille is gradually transforming itself. Marseille can be visited all year round thanks to its Mediterranean climate. The oldest city in France, can be visited almost all year round. Temperatures are mild during the winter and the sunshine remains exceptional. Spring and fall are excellent seasons to visit Marseille. Summer is hot but benefits from the air provided by the mistral and the proximity to the sea to enjoy its many creeks (calanques) and beaches. Like Barcelona, Marseille's beaches are in the heart of the city and most of them are easily accessible. They invite you to enjoy the Mediterranean sun only a few meters from the city and its active life. If you are a summer aficionado here is our top of the most beautiful beaches in Marseille.
3. The beach calanque Marseilleveyre
Just like our two favorite beaches, the 3rd one is also a calanque. The beach of the calanque Marseilleveyre is a beach of sand and pebbles. Sunny, very arid and with Mediterranean vegetation, this beach seems to come straight out of a far away destination,
4. The Prophet's beach
The Prophet's beach is located on the Corniche Kennedy. It is a small beach but very popular and appreciated by the Marseillais. It has showers, cabins and a volleyball court. From the Prophète beach you can admire the Frioul islands. The advantage of this beach is that it is close to the city center and that it is served by the 83 public transport line.
5. Prado Bonneveine beach
Located in the center of Marseille along the boulevard Pierre Mendès France near the Borély park and the racecourse. The Prado Bonneveine beach is a wide and pleasant sandy beach bordered by a pedestrian and cycling area.
6. The Frioul beaches
The Frioul beaches are not located in Marseille itself but a few minutes sailing on the Frioul islands. The crossing is worth the detour because the Frioul islands offer superb creeks, coves and beaches in a wild and natural setting. Regular shuttles departing from the old port can take you there all day. For a swim in an idyllic setting, put your towel down at the beach-calanque of La Crine.
7. The beach of la Pointe Rouge
Like the beach of Prado Bonneveine, the beach of Pointe Rouge is close to the Prado park. It is very busy in summer. It is the largest sandy beach in Marseille.
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You can also swim in the many wilder creeks of the Calanques, accessible by boat or on foot.
Warning: access to the calanque is regulated, and may be forbidden during summer in case of fire risk.
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