Pointus: A Provençal story
You’ll find them in the ports of Marseille, Bandol, Toulon, Hyères and all the way to Antibes, moored at the quayside and gently cradled by the waves. A traditional, colourful and timeless fishing boat, the pointu – also called the barquette marseillaise – embodies all the charm and poetry of the Provencal coast. Its name (meaning « pointed ») is simply owed to its shape. It is said that the first pointu was built in Marseille in the late 19th century at the workshop of an Italian-born carpenter named André Ruoppolo.