Top 15 summer beaches in Provence
The water lapping against the rocks, the seagulls’ call, the temptation of a great dive… The good weather is back and, soon, summer holidays too. Here is a selection of the best beaches between Marseille, The “Côte Bleue” (Blue Coast) and the Camargue!
The beach… symbol of summer, holidays, sun, seagulls, idleness and water sports, a cocktail, the toes in the sand, flowers in your hair… Between sandy beaches, shingle beaches or rocky beaches, here, you have the choice. You enjoy holidays, between sand castles and racket games, at the edge of family beaches. You exert yourselves with wakeboard, kitesurf, stand-up paddle or sailing on sport beaches from Marseille to Cassis. You play Robinson Crusoe on the wild beaches of Camargue, or, you carry on the tradition on the authentic beaches of Marseille… Here is a selection of best Mediterranean beaches to find the sweet spot, the beach that suits you best and to enjoy the sun without moderation!
“GRANDE MER” BEACH IN CASSIS
In Cassis, family activities, such as pedal-boat, windsurfing or kayak are available from the ”Grande Mer” Beach. Those having the chance to have arranged child care and who wish to spend a dream night in an exceptional surrounding with stunning views, should go to the Castle of Cassis.
“POINTE ROUGE” BEACH IN MARSEILLE
In Marseille, the famous ”Pointe Rouge” beach cannot be missed. To enjoy the surrounding, even more, you should eat pizz', in the evening, toes in the sand, in one of the many small restaurants of the seaside. The gourmets will be tempted by the "macananas" from the pastry Allegrini shop.
“Sainte-Croix” Beach in Martigues
“Pointe Rouge” Beach in Marseille
CAPE ROUSSET BEACH IN CARRY-LE-ROUET
In Carry-le-Rouet, diving enthusiasts shall swim in the crystal-clear water of Cape Rousset beach, which is registered in the natural park heritage. There are numerous and protected fishes in this place. Many water sports, including diving clubs, canoe, kayaks, windsurfing, surfing and stand-up paddle rentals (and why not in the sunset?) are available.
Seabed of the “Côte Bleue”
Windsurfing in Marseille
Carro beach spot [Photo credit : Team AK64]
NAPOLEAN BEACH IN PORT-SAINT-LOUIS-DU-RHÔNE
Napolean beach is a huge, 10km long, wild and sandy beach. Riders can border the beach by the road. Kitesurfing and windsurfing are also available.
“CRIN BLANC” BEACH IN SAINTES-MARIES-DE-LA-MER
The “Crin Blanc” beach is a large, white and fine sandy beach for the happiness of all. If you wish a chic and gourmet meal, you should go to the Petit Gourmet, two kilometers from the sea and enjoy a memorable night in the middle of marshes, among horses, bulls and birds at the Mas de la Fouque.
The Arles'beach is the largest natural beach of the Mediterranean. It gathers Piémanson and Beauduc. 2 kilometers from the sand dunes, overlooking the salines, a belvedere will allow you to admire the salt marshes and the wildlife of Camargue. The beach hotel restaurant welcomes you to spend the night.
“Crin Blanc” beach in Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer
Napoleon Beach in Port-Saint-Louis-du-Rhône
CATALANS’ BEACH IN MARSEILLE
The Catalans’ Beach is the closest one from the “Vieux Port” (Old Port), below the “Cercle des Nageurs” (Circle of swimmers) sport club. A legendary address for all the people of Marseille. Nearby, you shall taste local specialties and the real bouillabaisse at Michel or in Peron, or walk along the coast road to the picturesque “Vallon des Auffes” (“Auffes’ Valley).
JAÏ BEACH IN MARIGNANE ET CHÂTEAUNEUF-LES-MARTIGUES
With its huge five kilometers long area, Jaï beach is both an authentic place and a landmark for sliding sports and strong sensations enthusiasts! During the summer, you should enjoy "Fest'Jaï", festive evenings with food stands, shopping and music in Marignane.
“RIVES D’OR” BEACH IN A SAUSSET-LES-PINS
Seabed enthusiasts would also enjoy in the clear-crystal and densely populated with various fish waters of the “Rives d’or” beach, legendary beach in the little seaside resort of Sausset-les-Pins. After the effort of sunbathing, you shall go to Mademoiselle K for a shopping break.
Catalans beach in Marseille
Jaï Beach in Châteauneuf-les-Martigues
BEACHES FOR TOURISM AND DISABLED PEOPLE
“LUMIERE” BEACH IN LA CIOTAT
The “Plage Lumière” is one of many perfect beaches in La Ciotat, for families or friends to get each other. On the spot, the "handiplage" staff will help every disabled people to swim.
“GRANDE PLAGE” IN FOS-SUR-MER
Winner of the European Blue Flag for beaches and ports since 1994, the city of Fos-sur-Mer is distinguished by its actions in favor of the shoreline protection. The "Grande Plage" is a sandy and handicapped-accessible beach (mobility, mentally, visually and auditory).
“Plage Lumière” in La Ciotat
“Grande Plage” in Fos
NATURIST BEACH IN BONNIEU
And be careful, on the Bonnieu beach, naturism is not practiced anyhow! You shall sunbathe, nude, and undisturbed, because if you want to access to this beach, you will have to be a member of the French Naturist Federation, affiliated to Martigues naturist club. But don’t panic, if you would like to try before, you can two days, with a prior agreement and €5 per day.
Find all the beaches of the department and the spectacular "calanques" in our guide!