Climb aboard a catamaran, sailboat or tall ship to get a whole new angle on Marseille! And why not take part in a deep-sea fishing trip in the company of professional fishermen on the Côte Bleue coast? You can also opt for a mini cruise around the stunning 'Calanques' fjords, 'Etang de Berre' lake or down the Rhône river…. That's My Provence! Here are our top tips for making the most of the Med all year round – and especially in summer while you're holidaying in Provence -, taking a plunge into our culture and making some fascinating new acquaintances!
Exceptional boat tours around Marseille for a unique sailing experience
Fancy spending a thrilling day at sea on an exceptional boat? Simply opt for a catamaran rental - a fun way to get away from it all and ideal for coastal sailing and mini Mediterranean cruises with family and friends. Climb aboard the catamarans Argo or Elisa in Marseille and have a ball swimming, relaxing, sunbathing and taking a well-earned nap out at sea... Welcome to Provence!
Nostalgia lovers, sailors and sea dogs alike will enjoy a voyage back in time on a tall ship such as La Flâneuse - an exceptional traditional ship built in Marseille-, or Le Don du Vent, a gaff rigged ketch built in the Thirties, ideal for a coastal tour of the stunning 'Calanques' fjords.
Step into the skin of Jack Sparrow and his crew as you step on board the schooner Goélette des Pirates. You can continue the adventure with a mini cruise on the Alliance Goélette, a traditional schooner built in 1949, for guaranteed magical memories of your day out at sea in Marseille.
Deep-sea fishing for early risers
Fishing tourism offers visitors the chance to live out an exciting adventure combining a boat trip, discovery of the Mediterranean's maritime flora and fauna and introduction to traditional fishing techniques, led by professional fishermen. If you're an early riser, climb aboard the Maelu to live a magical, off-the-beaten-track experience while you're holidaying in the Bouches-du-Rhône!
A brunch, dinner at sea or sundowner for pleasure-seekers
Sail out to sea with friends on board Un Autre Regard and enjoy a refreshing dip and sundowner before heading back to La Ciotat for a night out in the lively town streets.
The association Borderline organizes 'Apéros du Bateau' sundowners every Sunday throughout summer - the perfect recipe for a festive boat trip, complete with cocktails, great music, translucent waters and a blazing sunset...
Fancy a brunch, aperitif or dinner out at sea on a catamaran? The tours run up to midnight, so simply pick your favourite option, climb aboard the catamaran Le Levantin and enjoy!
Just out this year, you can now enjoy a sundowner on 'Etang de Berre' lake between Martigues and Istres every Thursday evening. Simply pop on your swimsuit and sit back with a chilled glass in hand on board the ancient tuna boat Saint-Amour.
Guided boat tours for inquisitive minds
Tour of the 'Calanques' fjords
Treat yourself to a tour of the stunning 'Calanques de Marseille' and 'Calanques de Cassis' fjords departing from Marseille's Old Port (Vieux-Port). You can opt for a boat tour or take the boat bus to visit Château d’If and Frioul island:
You can also set out from La Ciotat and sail to the Calanques and Ile Verte island. Just hop on!
'Les Amis des Calanques', a glass-bottomed boat for discovering the fabulous marine life of the 'Calanques' fjords without getting wet!
Alternatively, head to Cassis port for a guided tour of the 'Calanques' fjords in an electric boat or classic boat with:
Tour the Côte Bleue, Martigues and Etang de Berre lake
Balade en Mer-Marseille Côte Bleue hosts relaxing excursions on the gentle waves of the Med between Marseille and the Côte Bleue coast.
This summer, climb aboard the Cisampo in Martigues to tour the Côte Bleue fjords via Caronte canal. Astonishing!
And stay awhile in Martigues for a boat trip to the breathtaking Fort de Bouc...
If you'd like to explore 'Etang de Berre' lake, head to Istres Tourist Office to book a guided tour and learn all about the industrial and farming vocation of this area lined with pine forests, or climb aboard the Mentor with a small crew from the Istres' 'Association Nautique Omnisport' for a privileged boat tour of 'Etang de Berre' lake.
Tour Camargue and enjoy a river trip on the Rhône
It's time to leave the sea for a trip up the Rhône river to discover wild Camargue: a Bouches-du-Rhône river tourism experience you definitely won't want to miss! Here are our recommended guided tours:
Novel boat trips to get off the beaten track
Climb aboard one of Marseille's traditional 'pointu' wooden motorized fishing boats with Localanque and revel in a guided boat tour of the coast running from the Old Port to Frioul Island.
Or enjoy a novel and exotic boat trip on board a 'Nègo Chin' flat-bottomed fishing boat departing from Port-Saint-Louis-du-Rhône.
Fancy visiting Venice for a tranquil ride round the canals this summer? It's overrated! Stick around and book a guided tour of the beautiful Canal de Martigues instead!
Bonus: Our top sailing tips
Take to the waves and sail the coast of Marseille at a friendly price with the RTM public boat buses! Simply slip into your swimsuit and flip-flops, take your towel, sun cream and hat and head to Marseille's Old Port (Vieux-Port). From there, you can take an RTM boat bus to L’Estaque, La Pointe Rouge, or Les Goudes. Most of Marseille's public maritime transport services are free, otherwise you'll pay just €5 for a trip on the boat bus to admire some of the most stunning views of the city.
How about crossing the Vieux-Port by boat? Take the Ferry Boat! The people of Marseille have been using this boat to cross from one bank to the other since 1880. Do like the locals – it's a truly novel experience and only costs €0.50 each way!
If you live in the Bouches-du-Rhône, the MyProvence Pass offers you discount boat tour rates, topped with truly exceptional boats. Two sail and only one pays with the MyProvence Pass!
Time to eat outside
Picnics are a great way to escape from routine and spend some quality time with friends, family or your partner. Whether you opt for the seaside, a park or vineyard, they are an ode to simple pleasures and sharing.
Time to row
Fancy grabbing your paddle and swishing off to the translucent waters of En-Vau fjord? Test your biceps with a kayak tour of the myriad of fjords dotted along the coast between Cassis and Marseille.