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Pretty seaside resort on the Côte Bleue

A small town on the Côte Bleue between Marseille and Martigues, Carry le Rouet boasts a variety of assets that make it an attractive seaside destination. Surrounded by pine trees, it boasts a marina, beaches and coves. The port is the hub of the town, with its many cafés and restaurants, as well as a cinema and gaming casino (the only one of its kind on the Côte Bleue).


Occupied since prehistoric times, Carry-le-Rouet’s development began in 1915 with the creation of the Miramas-Marseille railroad line, which opened up the area.

Today, Carry-le-Rouet is a residential area, close to major towns with strong economic development.

What to see in Carry le Rouet

The beaches of Carry le Rouet

Carry le Rouet’s undeniable assets are its varied beaches, crystal-clear waters and picturesque coastal landscapes, offering a sunny, relaxing experience for all visitors. There’s something for everyone!

For lovers of fine sand and refreshing swims, Plage du Rouet is a must. This stretch of golden sand stretches along the coast, offering breathtaking sea views and an ideal setting for relaxing under the Mediterranean sun.

For those willing to make an effort, there’s the Calanque des Eaux Salées, a real hidden gem. Dominated by railroad arches and nestled between steep cliffs, this cove offers a more unspoilt experience. With its turquoise waters and time-sculpted limestone rocks, Calanque des Eaux Salées is perfect for a day of exploration and contemplation.

Closer to the town center, you’ll find Cap Rousset beach, located in the heart of the marine protected area. In the center of Carry, at the end of Quai Malleville, you’ll find the small Plage Fernandel. Heading west, down the sentier du lézard, you’ll find the wild rocky beach and finally the calanque de la tuilière.

Whichever beach or calanque you choose, the clear waters of the Mediterranean await you for an unforgettable discovery. Water sports enthusiasts will also find plenty to enjoy in Carry-le-Rouet. Whether you’re into scuba diving, windsurfing or kayaking, there are breathtaking seascapes to discover above and below the water.

The Côte Bleue Marine Park

The “Parc Marin de la Côte bleue” mixed syndicate was created in 2000 to support the actions of the ” Parc Régional Marin de la Côte bleue“. Its role is to raise public awareness of the importance of preserving the marine environment. It organizes fun workshops, exhibitions, conferences and, in summer, guided snorkeling tours.

Le sentier du Lézard

At the end of the Quai Malleville, a lovely path links Carry-le-Rouet with neighboring Sausset-les-Pins. The Sentier du lézard is an easy stroll that invites you to explore the special features of the coast along a landscaped path, enhanced by educational panels that help you learn more about the diversity of the flora and fauna. The 4-kilometer trail is an integral part of the 64-kilometer Côte Bleue trail linking Niolon to Cap Couronne.

Good to know

For more than 40 years, the coastal area of Carry-le-Rouet has been home to a marine protected area stretching for more than a kilometer between its harbor and the Anse du Rouet. At a depth of 30 meters, the underwater area is home to the Posidonia meadow, a protected marine plant that plays a vital role in the Mediterranean ecosystem. Posidonia is essential for the survival, feeding and reproduction of numerous species.

An honorary citizen: Fernandel

The famous post-war French artist Fernand Joseph Désiré Contandin, known as Fernandel, was born in Marseille. But it was in Carry le Rouet that, in 1939, he built a beautiful house called “l’oustaou de la mar” to accommodate his large family. The location was ideal for his favorite summer activities: fishing from his boat, playing pétanque, napping under the pines and enjoying aperitifs with friends. The house overlooks the start of the lizard trail. The trees have grown over the last 80 years, and it’s not always easy to see the house. The house now belongs to private individuals who have no family ties with Fernandel.

He died on February 26, 1971, and is an honorary citizen of the town: a bust of him stands in front of the “Espace Fernandel” cinema and cultural center. At the entrance, a permanent exhibition pays tribute to him. Showcases display previously unpublished period photos, letters and personal effects. A TV screen shows amateur films shot in Carry-le-Rouet.

Top 10 things to discover in Carry le Rouet

1/ Stroll through the narrow streets in town and, after visiting the Notre-Dame de l’Assomption church, take a detour via the montée des écureuils, which offers a lovely view of Carry.

2/ Embark on a sea cruise, for a few hours or a full day, to discover the Côte Bleue, the depths of the marine park, the Château d’If and the Frioul archipelago in Marseille or the Calanques National Park.

3/ Explore the east coast of Carry le Rouet on a hike to the Notre-Dame du Rouet chapel and the Calanque des eaux salées.

4/ Experience the Casino, with its slot machines, English roulette machines and gaming tables. And don’t forget the monthly entertainment program.

5/ Enjoy water sports all year round: scuba diving, sailing, sea kayaking, paddleboarding and more. You can also rent a boat, take a sea trip, meet dolphins or go deep-sea fishing.

6/ Every Tuesday and Friday morning, do your shopping in the boulodrome parking lot (halfway between the station and the port).

7/ In summer, discover the Côte Bleue Marine Park on an underwater hike to learn more about preserving the marine environment. Actions – Parc Marin de la Côte Bleue (

8/ In winter, celebrate sea urchins and seafood at the annual oursinades“, held every Sunday in February.

9/ Visit the tourist office, which inaugurated its boutique in 2023, showcasing local craftsmen and producers.

How do I get to Carry-le-Rouet?

  • By the Côte Bleue regional express train (TER). Along the way, the view of the Mediterranean is breathtaking. The station is less than 10 minutes’ walk from the port. A shaded pedestrian walkway makes the journey easy. Timetables can be found on the “Côte bleue” website, which details the advantages of the Marseille-Miramas train. Timetable information:
  • By road. The route is picturesque when you leave Marseille via the Estaque district. Then take the D568 departmental road through Le Rove. Then take the D5, passing through Ensuès la Redonne.