The drive out of Marseille towards Martigues will let you go along the commercial harbour on an elevated road, which is probably the best way to get an understanding of the size of it and its technical installations - I love those big cranes!
The A55 freeway can be quite scenic all the way at time going through rocky outlooks or giving glimpses of the sea or the Etang de Berre, this inland body of water north west of Marseille.
You will soon have the opportunity to exit the A%% onto the D9 towards Carry-le-Rouet and that bit of coast that is away from the tourist circuit, but quite popular with the locals.
You can stop for a swim at Carry or Sausset les Pins or la Courone. Don't expect sandy beaches as in "down under". These are peebles beaches with a mountainous background.
For that reason, it is also popular with divers and spear fishing enthusiasts.
Then from La Couronne, you will head north towards Martigues. Martigues used to be a tiny and charming village at the entrance of the canal linking the Etang de Berre to the sea, and it was, more than Marseille, the place to go for a memorable bouillabaisse on one of the little family run establishments often with a terrace overlooking the canal. Martigues was dubbed "the little Venice" for that reaso.
Born in France, well travelled, relocated to Sydney in 1997.
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