Catalans beach next to Vieux Port: Travel guide (Marseille)

Visit one of the most popular beaches in the center of Marseille, Plage des Catalans, which is located within a 15-minute walk from the Vieux Port.
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The Plage des Catalans is one of the most popular beaches in Marseille, and for good reason. It is just a 15 minute walk from the Vieux Port and the easiest beach for the both locals and tourists to get to from this area of the city.

In addition, the sparkling blue water and soft sand make it a perfect spot to relax and enjoy the incredible views. It is also a great place to people watch.

It isn’t the largest beach in Marseille, at only around 400m, but it is the perfect place to relax and soak up the Mediterranean atmosphere. The beach is named after the Catalan fishermen who used to set off from nearby.

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Quais near Plage de la Catalans

It does get quite crowded during the summertime and when the weather is good. If you can’t get a spot on the beach, walk along the boardwalk, and you will find some quieter quais from where you can enter the water.

There’s a great view of the nearby islands of Château d’If and Frioule as well as snack stands and toilets available. If you’re feeling active, there’s also plenty of opportunity to go swimming.

Vallon des Auffes
Vallon des Auffes

And when you’ve worked up an appetite, make sure to try some a delicious apéro at the nearby Vallons des Auffes which is only 5 minutes away.

Address: Plage des Catalans, 13007 Marseille, with closest metro at Metro Vieux Port.

You can stay nearby at the Sofitel or the Hotel C2 which are both next to the Vieux Port and easily walk over (15-20 minutes) during your stay.

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