Tamaris port is a very peaceful place to come and spend an afternoon near the coast, if you are visiting Marseille and Martigues. I really like the natural environment that surrounds it. Right next door is the Sainte Croix beach and it is nice for swimming. Tamaris is organized by small harbor boats, a port that blends fishing and leisure. The "Pointus" colored wooden boats are very simple, having served fishermen in the region for many years. Nearby, the rocky landscape invites you to explore more remote areas and to take a dip. In Tamaris there are basic services to restore your spirit and a few campsites around if you want to stay a few days. It fills a lot in summer, but some entrances are closed to the forest to fight fire hazards.
The Martigues Viaduct is made of steel and reinforced concrete, 300 meters high and you can get up and close to it. This is one of the buildings that have the gift to impress. Located at the entrance of the city next to the Berre lagoon, it connects the island to the mainland of Martigues, allowing ships to move.
During our trip to the French Riviera last summer, we discovered this beach, the De Carro Beach. It's set in the village of Martigues. With its blue waters and white sand you'll feel like you're in the Caribbean, rather than the south of France. I recommend spending a day in this relaxing place.