The Beach is the symbol of summer, holidays, sun, water sports and fun!
Marseille and surroundings are full of beaches, from sandy to pebble or rocky, there is plenty to choose from.
This little guide is made so that you can discover the most beautiful and attractive beaches according to your desires:
Sandy beaches to play a game of Bamilton with the family.
Beaches for wake-boarding, kitesurfing, stand up paddle, or sailing.
Hidden and wild coastline beaches where you can be Robinson Crusoe for a day.
Or just a relaxing moment within the authentic beaches of Marseille ...
To find the ideal spot, the beach that suits you best, here is a selection of the best beaches to enjoy the sun without moderation!
Martigues - Beach of Sainte Croix
In Martigues, families will enjoy the beach of Sainte-Croix, very spacious, with a clear view to look after children. The beach is close to the hiking paths so for a relaxing break, you will enjoy a shady lunch, lulled by the song of the cicadas, at Les Ombrelles Restaurant.
La Ciotat – Great Beach of La Ciotat
In La Ciotat, La Grande Plage is located in the heart of the city and has all the amenities for families as well as games for children ... Hence a sand Futsal stadium is located on the beach for soccer players. You will find spots with hanging bars and exercise stations to do workout before going to the beach. Nearby you will also be able to rent canoes and kayaks for a memorable family outing !
Cassis – Beach of the Great Sea
In Cassis, family activities such as paddle boat, windsurfing or kayaking can be practiced from La Grande Mer Plage. If you want to have a romantic moment and have a nanny (because we are in the Family beach category), book a table at the Castle of Cassis (See our article Cassis from November 2016).
Marseille – Beach of la Pointe Rouge
In Marseille, make a stop at the famous Pointe Rouge beach and enjoy the environment. Here, you can eat a Pizz’ (familiar way of saying pizza in Marseille) with your feet in the sand, in one of the many small restaurants of the seafront. For food lovers let have a taste a the famous “Macananas” of the renowned Allegrini pastry shop.
Great Beach of La Ciotat, Beach of the Great Sea, Beach of la Pointe Rouge
La Côte Bleue – Beach of Carro
On the side of Martigues, the beach of Carro is a pretty sandy beach. The quarry of Baou Tailla is a little piece of paradise for scuba divers. You will encounter many species of Mediterranean fishes; definitely a must! After the diving session, visit the fish market in Carro.
Carry le Rouet – Beach of Cap Rousset
In Carry-le-Rouet, divers will also be able to swim in the crystal clear waters of Cap Rousset beach, a natural park heritage. The fish are numerous and protected. Many other water sports activities including canoe, kayaks, windsurfing, surfing, are available. Calisson by Gilles would recommend a stand up paddle session at sunset.
Marseille – Bonneveine Beach
Kite-surf enthusiasts will be delighted because the beach of Bonneveine is reserved for kite surfers! There is also a skate park nearby. After a good and exhausting sport session, let’s have a cocktail with colleagues at the Sport Beach around the pool. All the area of this beach breathes sports, youth and entertainment.
Beach of Carro, Beach of Cap Rousset, Bonneveine Beach
Wild Coastline Beaches
Port Saint-Louis-du-Rhône – Napoléon Beach
The beach Napoleon is a huge stretch of 10 miles of sand. For cyclists, it is possible to ride along this long beach. We suggest an authentic and memorable horse riding stroll. The beach is also made for surfing, kitesurfing and windsurfing practices and is also part of the sport beach category.
Saintes Marie de la Mer – Crin Blanc Beach
The beach Crin Blanc is a large beach of fine white sand for the happiness of all. For a chic and gourmet meal, we go to the Petit Gourmet, two kilometers from the sea and enjoy a memorable night in the middle of marshes, horses, bulls and birds at “Mas de la Fouque".
The Saintes Marie de la Mer is famous for its annual festival, the Annual Roma pilgrimage where Gypsies from all over Europe come to worship Sara the Black, their saint and patroness.
Arles – the beach of Arles
The beach of Arles is the largest natural beach of the Mediterranean sea. A wonderful and wide area where nature is everywhere, stunning !
It includes Piedmont and Beauduc. Two kilometers from the sand dunes, an overlooking belvedere allows the visitor to admire the salt marshes and the fauna of the Camargue.
Napoléon Beach, Crin Blanc Beach
Marseille – Beach of Catalans
The beach of Catalans is the closest beach from the Vieux Port, it is located just below the famous sports swimming club Le Cercle des Nageurs. A mythical address for all inhabitants of Marseille. The best swimmers of France train there.
Nearby, you can stroll along the Corniche (the cornice) until the picturesque Vallon des Auffes and maybe taste local specialties and the real bouillabaisse (see our article from May 2017)
The beach of Jaï from Marignane to Châteaneuf-les-Martigues
With its big area of 6 kilometres in length, the beach of Jaï is at the same time authentic and a spot for lovers of gliding sports and thrills! During the summer, enjoy the Fest'Jaï, which are festive evenings with food, shopping and music in the city of Marignane.
Beach of Catalans, The beach of Jaï
Beaches for persons with disability
Fos-sur-Mer - La grande plage Laureate of the Blue Pavilion of European ports and beaches since 1994, the City of Fos-sur-Mer stands out for its actions in favor of coastal protection. The large and sandy beach is accessible to persons with disabilities (motor, mental, visual and auditory).
For every situation, on every beach, make sure to bring a box of Calisson By Gilles of your choice to share and taste with your friend and family. It will turn your time at the beach into something memorable.