The Etang de Berre is a small inland sea to the west of the French city of Marseilles. This body of water sits just off the southern coast of France in an area known as the Côte Bleue, or Blue Coast, which reflects the beautiful colour of the sea in the area. The Côte Bleue is about 40km in length, stretching out from Marseilles. This close proximity to the city and strong road and rail links makes this region a local getaway from the bustle of the city. So, in the many small towns and villages with beautiful villas, there are a whole host of small cafés and restaurants which provide some of the best food and eating in the South of France. All this will be at your disposal from your self catering accommodation in Côte Bleue - Etang de Berre. This is why holidays in Côte Bleue - Etang de Berre are so popular.
The inland sea is famed as a great place for water sports. Both the Mediterranean Sea and Etang de Berre side provide some great places to get wet and have fun. There is also much to see culturally, the small fishing village of L’Estaque has been home to some notable French Artists such as Cezanne, Renoir and Braque - and the town even sometimes features in their works. The Côte Bleue train has been providing tourists with spectacular views of the coast since 1915, and meanders from Marseilles along the coast.
A great day out is to take the train into Marseilles to visit the sights of that historical city. The “Basilique de Notre Dame de la Garde” is an awe-inspiring cathedral, and provides one of the most amazing views of the city. The Old Port (Vieux Port) has been an essential part of the growth of the city, and is well worth a visit. For those who like digging a bit deeper into the past, visit the Museum of Mediterranean Archaeology (Musee d'Archeologie Mediterraneenne) to find out more about the history of the area.
The weather in Provence is famed for being spectacular during the summer. The cool sea breeze is often welcomed at the height of the day, when temperatures average 30 degrees Celsius in the summer. There is little rain, usually less than 30mm per month over the summer. The weather is what makes this area such an attractive place for a holiday.
Marseilles Airport (MRS) juts out into the water of Etang de Berre, so getting to the Côte Bleue is easy. There are regular easyJet, Ryan Air and British Airways flights from London Stansted (STN) and London Gatwick (LGW), as well as Bristol (BRS) and Edinburgh (EDI). The close proximity of Marseilles also means this area is easy to get to via train.