The Marseille coastline stretches in a North-South crescent and alternates between rock, sand and shingle.
To the south, the Calanques massif, with a few inlets and easy access to the water: Port Pin, En-Vau, Sugiton, Morgiou, Sormiou, the Phocéens Cove, and the Sablettes Cove near Les Goudes, Saména and the Mont Rose Cove near Montredon. N.B. Access to the Calanques in spring and summer is regulated by a prefectoral order prohibiting car traffic.
Sormiou calanque is supervised in summer.
Access to the Calanques: Bus lines 19 and 20, bus no. 21 to Luminy then walk to Sugiton, walk the Calanques along the Gardiole and Cassis hiking trails, line 23 to the 2 terminuses for Morgiou and Sormiou.
Then, as you approach the city, there are the Bain des Dames and Bonne Brise coves, small beaches of sand and pebbles with no supervision and no facilities, but with a superb view of Marseille harbour and a restaurant. Access: bus line 19
Then comes the Pointe Rouge beach, the largest sandy beach, which adjoins the port of the same name. Here there are restaurants, toilets and play areas. Supervised in summer, first aid post, showers, clothing store. Access: bus line 19.
The Prado seaside park
Before 1975, and despite its 42 km of coastline, Marseille did not have any facilities that allowed bathers easy access to the sea. With the creation of the Prado seaside park, 26 hectares of greenery now live in harmony with 10 hectares of sand-and-shingle beaches covering a length of nearly 2 km. The completion of such a facility on the 40 hectares reclaimed from the sea was a real challenge due to the many constraints encountered on the site (storms, sea spray, mistral, pollution...). every year, three and a half million visitors make full use of the lawns that are totally open to the public, the esplanades and the rest and play areas. The many facets of this friendly seafront park are a delight to visitors at any time of year. In addition, an internationally famous skateboard track is available to enthusiasts.
It includes: Bonneveine Cove and Vieille Chapelle (with the skateboard park nearby), Borély Beach, L’Huveaune Beach and the Prado South and North Beaches. Supervised in summer, first aid posts, clothing store, toilets, showers, play areas, refreshment stands, disabled access.
In summer, a stadium is built on the beaches with stands open to everyone. This acts as a venue for high-level international sports competitions and sporting and cultural activities for children and adults supervised by certified instructors. Access: bus lines 83 and 19.
Then, between the Prado and the Vieux Port, heading north, there are two small sandy beaches, the Prophète and the Catalans, with supervision in summer, first aid post and toilets. They have their loyal clientele, mainly families in the morning. The Catalans beach is the home of the Catalans Beach Volleyball Club, which organises the international tournament of the same name every summer. Access: bus line 83.
Finally, to the north, after L’Estaque, are the Corbière beaches, with their municipal water sports centre. They, too, have been reclaimed from the sea and are preceded by landscaped gardens. Pedestrian access is via a path cut into the rock and steps. They are not very deep, partially shaded, made of fine sand and pebbles, and are equipped with toilets, showers and a free clothing store. Nearby there is a refreshment stand and play area (volleyball...). From here there is one of the finest views along the Marseille coast. sporting and cultural activities for children and adults supervised by certified instructors. Access: bus line 35 to the terminus.