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Beaches

I’ve been living in Marseilles for almost 7 years now and been to beaches quite well. This is what I like in our place we are just near beautiful beaches and not to mention to have an easy access for ballades near Calanques. The beach Les Catalans which has fine sand and clean is great because it is near Vieux port but this spot is quite crowded and busy and is a private beach and you have to pay an entrance fee. It is accessible at the beginning of the Corniche Président Kennedy by taking bus# 83 once again. There are bars, outdoor showers, toilets, and a first aid post as well. I’ve always seen organised Beach Volleyball in this touristic place accessible from the city center .

This is in Luminy where we used to have a short stroll 20 minutes from home.

When you trace Catalans further you will find the famous Corniche and for sure will also consider spending time in La Plage du Prophète with fine sand and personally I think it’s more cleaner than the rest of the beaches in Marseilles. Frequented by most of musicians with their music instruments because of it’s tranquility. You could also find a bar, the sailing club and especially the Leisure Center for Youth, a club of activities operated by the National Police. To continue farther around 2 kilometers there you would find the Prado Beach with the statue of David. Accessed by bus# 19 or 83. Pebbly beach more or less crowded especially during summer season. The beach is not bad but I would not advise you to go swimming. Has outdoor showers, toilets and a first aid post. But if you really insist in going to this beach you can but I would suggest you to go early in the morning because for sure there will be few people and the beach is cleaner. Otherwise, I think a little stroll or picnicking around the environ will be more practical. The next beach around this environ is Plage de la Pointe Rouge, a sandy beach located at Avenue de la Pointe Rouge is where you’ll find all the Marseillais during summer like most in winter, great atmosphere and there’s even an English Pub, The Red Lion. Only one bus passes in that destination so if you have the car good luck be very patient with the traffic. Walking distance from restaurants galore, outdoor showers and a first aid post. There are stores that rent parasols and mattresses and all other aquatic equipments. This is a well explored place by windsurfers, as soon as there’s a breeze so be cautious, no swimming off into the sunset especially when there is Mistral (a fresh or cold, often violent, and usually dry wind blowing throughout the year but is most frequent in winter and spring) which is unfortunately common in Marseilles.

Image from Wikipedia.

Point Rouge Beach Image from Environment Surfrider
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