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Overview and history

Taking a catamaran cruise from Marseille's Vieux Port is a thrilling adventure : explore the wonders of the Mediterranean, from archipelagos to calanques, discovering the region's rich history and soaking up its tourist charm, away from the summer crowds.

The Provencal coast is steeped in history, shaped by ancient civilizations, barbarian invasions and maritime trade. Since ancient times, this region has been a cultural and economic crossroads, with cities such as Marseille, founded by the Greeks over 2,600 years ago. Over the centuries, the region has been marked by Roman, medieval and Provençal influences, leaving behind a rich architectural and cultural heritage.

Marseille's Vieux Port, the city's birthplace, is steeped in history and legend. Since ancient times, this port has been Marseille's focal point, witness to flourishing trade and daring sea voyages. Explore its bustling quays, stroll between the colorful fishing boats and soak up the authentic atmosphere of the cafés and markets before sailing into the calanques.

The calanques, spectacular rock formations dotting the coastline between Marseille and Cassis, offer a breathtaking landscape. Sailing a catamaran through these hidden coves allows you to admire steep limestone cliffs plunging into turquoise waters. Enjoy a swim in this unspoilt natural paradise.

Your cruise will also take you to charming port villages such as Bandol, Sanary-sur-Mer and Cassis. Bandol is famous for its vineyards and renowned wines, while Sanary-sur-Mer captivates with its picturesque lanes and authentic atmosphere. As for Cassis, its colorful port and traditional houses make it a charming place to discover. In Cassis, you can also discover the region's artistic history, which has attracted many painters and artists over the centuries. The village has inspired famous artists such as Paul Signac and André Derain, who have immortalized its picturesque landscapes on their canvases.

Saint-Tropez, the symbol of elegance and glamour on the Côte d'Azur, is an essential stopover on your catamaran cruise. Stroll through the cobbled streets, stroll along the famous Place des Lices and soak up the chic yet relaxed atmosphere of this legendary village.

A catamaran cruise is ideal for stopping off at the capes along the coast.

Cap Bénat offers breathtaking sea views, with its limestone cliffs overlooking turquoise waters. This unspoilt spot is ideal for a quiet stopover, where you can enjoy swimming, snorkeling or simply relaxing on the sandy beach.

Cap Nègre, meanwhile, is famous for its spectacular rock formations and lush vegetation. Explore its secluded coves and hiking trails, and let yourself be seduced by the wild charm of this unspoilt area.

Finally, Cap Taillat is a paradise for nature lovers, with its crystal-clear waters and unspoilt landscapes. Stroll along its coastal paths, through lush Mediterranean vegetation, and discover secret coves where you can bathe in complete tranquillity.

These Capes, with their wild beauty and tranquility, offer a welcome break during your catamaran cruise along the Provencal coast. Take advantage of these quiet moments to soak up the natural splendor of the Mediterranean and create unforgettable memories of your trip.

How to get there

Reach Marseille easily

By plane

Marseille Provence airport is served by scheduled and low-cost airlines from most French, Swiss and European airports.

By train

Marseille's St Charles station is served by TGV and TER high-speed trains.

Things to know before you go

CATLANTE cruises depart from the Macinaggio marina on Cap Corse every Saturday from June to September.

For EU citizens: valid identity card or passport,

Boarding takes place in Marseille's Vieux-Port at 6pm. Disembarkation takes place in the morning of D+8 at 9am.

Parking lots near Vieux Port:

  • Parking Q-Park Vieux Port Hôtel de Ville 
  • Parking Marseille
  • Centre Ville
  • Vieux Port (Sté Parking Marseille)

Public transport:

  • From Saint-Charles station: take metro line 1 (direction La Fourragère) from Saint-Charles to the Vieux Port.
  • From Marseille airport: take bus 91 between the airport and Marseille train station (single ticket: 10 €/pers)

It's not advisable to take a large rigid suitcase, which won't be easy to stow in the cabin. Instead, opt for cabin-size luggage or travel bags/soft suitcases.

Before you leave: visit Mucem and the Cosquer cave, the Old Port fish market

The local currency is the euro. The climate in Provence is Mediterranean, hot and dry in summer. At the beginning and end of the season, bring slightly warmer clothes for evenings and nights.

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