The Bouches-du-Rhône region
Bouches-de-Rhone boasts over 300 days of sunshine a year. The surrounding areas include:
- The lively and cosmopolitan City of Marseilles and adjacent Côte Bleu coast, lined with cliffs, ports and beaches.
- Along with the typical villages and olive groves of Provence,
The Côte Bleue (Blue Coast) is a jagged limestone coastline that stretches for 30 kilometres between Martigues and Marseille. It is a succession of calanques (coves), little creeks and beaches nestling against the Hills.
One side of this chain encloses the Bay of Marseille on the north-west and, at the same time, its other side protects the basin of Berre Lagoon.
The hills drop sharply into the sea along most of the coast; hiding fishermen's hamlets and weekend cabins. In the western area of the region are fine sandy beaches.
There are splendid views from the coastline, and many suitable places for taking casual walks or longer hikes. A little further on are Madrague-de-Gignac and Niolon, a small village hanging on the rocky slopes at the end of the calanque of the same name, flanked by a 19th century fort with its cannons, where there is a very active diving centre. Bare and windswept Cap Couronne has a magnificent panorama of the coast and the Bay of Marseille.
Other areas of interest/places to visit:
- The regional marine park.
Superb Locations - Superb Summers
Carro, Bouches du Rhône, close to Marseille, Mediterranean, Provence, France