Carro France, Travel Guide

Carro, located on the Côte Bleue on the Mediterranean coast is a port town, well known for its windsurfing, fishing and its rescue stations which has been in use since 1868, and still carries out many sea rescues thanks to its “unsinkable canoe”. The port is home to 30 professional fishing vessels and can accommodate 200 pleasure boats in its port. The beach is next to the port where windsurfers take to the waves throughout the day. There is also a large motorhome “Aires” where you can park and watch the waves. There is electric hook ups, water and waste emptying facilities.

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Windsurfing in Carro, France
Motorhome Stop in Carro France

Côte Bleue

The Blue Coast refers to a portion of the Mediterranean coast, located west of Marseille , to the mouth of the pond of Berre . It is the maritime border of the communes of Rove , Ensuès-la-Redonne , Carry-le-Rouet , Sausset-les-Pins and finally Martigues . The name “Blue Coast” refers to the colour of the water that borders the rocky massif, the chain of Estaque (still called chain Nerthe).

Less famous than the massif of Calanques located between Marseille and Cassis , the coastline of the Blue Coast, between Carro and L’Estaque is also composed of a series of calcareous coves , harboring small ports and beaches or coves sometimes difficult to access.

From east to west….

  • on the commune of Rove : the cove of Establon, La Vesse, Figuerolles , Niolon , Jonquier, Riflard, Erevine
  • in the commune of Ensuès-la-Redonne : the cove of Erevine, Petit Méjean, Grand Méjean, Figuières, Athénors, Redonne, Puy, salt water
  • in the town of Carry-le-Rouet : the saltwater creek, Tuilière
  • the other creeks, from le Rouet to La Couronne , are not considered creeks, with the exception of Tuilière.

Directions

From the exit of Marseille (district of L’Estaque ) to Carry-le-Rouet , no road follows the coast, whose rocks fall steeply into the sea, leaving hardly room for the small ports huddled in their creeks . But a railway was built at the beginning of the 20th century, which clings to the rocks of the sea, and gives travelers an exceptional view of the harbor of Marseille.

In addition, for hikers , a hiking trail (the Douanier trail ), allows you to walk the coast, closer to the shore.

Niolon

Niolon harbour

Niolon is an inhabited cove located in the town of Rove about 20 km north-west of Marseille , between Estaque and Carry-le-Rouet in the middle of the Blue Coast. Access to the cove is via a road that winds through the scrubland then splits in two. On the one side we join the Vesse, the other way heads into Niolon. The village of Niolon is mainly made up of the diving center of the UCPA which occupies a former military fort ( Low Fort ) built in 1860 and was occupied by the Germans during the Second World War . Some houses and shops (restaurants, bars, inn …) complete the the town. The seabed of the blue coast is famous for having some beautiful dives like the Elevine. Other military constructions, including the Niolon Fort overlooking the village and offer a remarkable view of the Bay of Marseille and the archipelago of Friuli .

Cassis

Cassis Harbour

Cassis is a commune in the department of Bouches-du-Rhone and the administrative region of Provence-Alpes-Cote d’Azur . It is characterized by the cliffs present on its territory and the Cassis wines (white, but also rosé) produced in the region. The Provencal motto of the commune attributed to Frederic Mistral is ” Qu a vist Paris, se a vist Cassis, did not re vist “, which means ” Who saw Paris and not Cassis, did not see anything ”

Fishermen’s Day and the Sea (last weekend of June)

Two days entirely dedicated to fishing and the sea. The major event of this festival is the blessing of Saint-Pierre in Saint Michel church on Sunday morning. The Mass is followed by the parade Prud’Hommes and the blessing of boats at sea. Throughout the weekend, many events related to the sea follow one another.

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