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Carry-le-Rouet Is An Undiscovered Treasure

Post by Sharat | November 28, 2017 | See France Destination Guides | Comment
Carry-le-Rouet Is An Undiscovered Treasure

Carry-le-Rouetis an extremely popular seaside resort that lies on the coast of the Mediterranean, smack bang in the middle of Marseille and Martigues. Because Carry-le-Rouet is so close to Marseille, rather unsurprisingly, it is a popular day trip destination for the city’s residents. Many of Marseille’s residents also own second homes in Carry-le-Rouet. The town itself is centred around its fishing and leisure port which is extremely picturesque. It is also surrounded by hilly woodlands that are now protected as a nature reserve.

Lots of beaches

Carry-le-Rouet’s location means that in terms of the Cote d’Azur it is not one of the most visited destinations. That should not stop you from going because there are plenty of nice beaches to enjoy including the main one called Plage du Rouet. There are some smaller beaches you can choose to visit if you prefer, alternatively just outside of the town centre there is a pebble beach as well. If you follow the path out from the town centre towards the West there are also a number of other small beaches that you will enjoy visiting.

More popular with French than international tourists

Most people who visit the beaches at Carry-le-Rouet tend to be French rather than international tourists and you should be aware that during the summer, the two main beaches are extremely popular and become quite crowded. There is also some very attractive coastline featuring low rocky cliffs. Make sure you wander around the Eastern edge of the main Rouet beach. Here you will find a beautiful stone-arched viaduct that was built about a century ago to carry trains.

Go scuba diving

You should also pay a visit to the Chapel of Rouet that was constructed towards the end of the 19th century on the site of an earlier chapel that was built during the 14th century but had subsequently been destroyed. The chapel occupies a dominant position above the Marseille harbour and there are some fantastic views to be had. Hiking along the coastline in either direction is an extremely popular activity and there are a number of small inlets close to town that are just waiting to be explored. The Blue Coast Marine Park has wonderful wildlife diversity and its clear waters make it ideal to scuba dive.

sur le sentier du littoral, Carry-le-rouet by Jeanne Menjoulet, on Flickr

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