Carry-le-Rouet, Provence: tourism & sightseeing

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Visit Carry-le-Rouet (Provence, France)

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Carry-le-Rouet is a popular sea resort on the Mediterranean coast between Marseille and Martigues - its proximity to Marseille makes it a popular day trip destination for residents of the city, and many people from Marseille also have second homes here.

The town is centred around its picturesque fishing and large leisure port and surrounded by large areas of woodland on the hills behind, much of it now a protected natural reserve.

Because of its location it isn't one of the most visited destinations on the Cote d'Azur, but Carry-le-Rouet has a choice of nice beaches including the main sandy beach called the Plage du Rouet, the smaller Plage du Cap Rousset and the pebble beach at calanque de la Tuilière, just outside the town centre. Other small beaches such as Les Eaux Salées and Fernandel can also be found, along with others if you follow the coast path west from the town centre.

France This Way comment: rather like Arcachon on the Atlantic coast, we found that most visitors to the beaches at Carry-le-Rouet were French rather than international visitors. The two main beaches are very popular and rather crowded in summer!

The coastline here is also attractive with low rocky cliffs. Be sure to amble around the eastern end of the main Rouet beach to discover the attractive stone-arched viaduct, completed around 100 years ago to carry trains on the Miramas - Estaque line.

You can also see the Chapel of Rouet, built in the late 19th century on the site of an earlier (destroyed) chapel dating back to the 14th century. It is best known for its views from its dominant position above Marseille harbour.

To do nearby

Walks along the coastline are very popular in both directions, with very attractive rocky coastline and small inlets to explore near the town. The coastal waters fall within the attractively named Blue Coast Marine Park Parc (Parc Marin de la Côte Bleue). The diversity of wildlife in the clear waters make the waters popular with the scuba diving community.

Marseille itself is only a short train ride from the station at Carry-le-Rouet.

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You can find more local travel ideas in the Bouches-du-Rhone guide and the Provence guide.

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Address: Carry-le-Rouet, Châteauneuf-Côte-Bleue, Istres, Bouches-du-Rhone, Provence, 13620, France || GPS: latitude 43.333056, longitude 5.152778

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Sightseeing & tourist attractions to visit nearby

  • Martigues: ville fleurie 4* (11km)
  • Chateau d'If: national monument (19km)
  • Marseille: town of art and history (19km)
  • Parc Borély: remarkable garden (20km)
  • Parc Longchamp: remarkable garden (20km)
  • Jardin de la Magalone: remarkable garden (20km)
  • Parc du 26e Centenaire: remarkable garden (20km)
  • Istres: ville fleurie 4* (24km)
  • Jardin d'Albertas: remarkable garden (25km)
  • Calanque: site of natural beauty (26km)

Market days in Carry-le-Rouet, France

Regular market(s) are held in Carry-le-Rouet each Tuesday & Friday. (Markets are held in the morning unless stated.)

The French version of this page is at Carry-le-Rouet (Francais)