The Côte Bleue
An unspoiled coast
Between the little port of L’Estaque in northern Marseille and Martigues lies a succession of tall cliffs, rocky creeks, vast stretches of sand and pebble beaches, and narrow fjords (calanques) plunging into translucent turquoise waters. Spanning 25 kilometres, the Côte Bleue is a raw and extremely well-preserved coast. Ideal for walks and hikes, swimming, water sports, and diving, it is very popular with Marseille residents seeking a breath of fresh air. If you want to immerse yourself fully in the charms of the coast, take the Petit Train de la Côte Bleue – a little railway line that clings to the Estaque cliffs. The train stops off at 7 stations and winds its way over a plethora of crossings, 2 bridges and 18 viaducts, four of which are proud holders of the « 20th Century Heritage » distinction.