Port Camargue, on the Mediterranean coast

17 September 2015 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Hotels Reading Time:  5 minutes

Quai Bougainville © Jmpoirier1/cc-by-sa-3.0

Quai Bougainville © Jmpoirier1/cc-by-sa-3.0

Lying alongside its fishing-village, Port Camargue is a seaboard town with class. With its perfect combination of lakes and green spaces, it’s a true ‘Garden Port’. Europe’s premier marina, Port Camargue can welcome any kind of boat. Port Camargue is part of the city of Le Grau-du-Roi. It has the top-ranking technical facilities in Languedoc-Roussillon and can offer, in one place, all the equipment and services required for sailing. There are around fifty professionals on hand, to offer their expertise and skills. Other attractions include 12 miles of fine sandy beaches, from Le Boucanet to l’Espiguette, a sailing school, a naturist beach and a health spa.   read more…

Toulon in southern France

14 August 2012 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, French Riviera Reading Time:  7 minutes

Tall ships in the old port © SiefkinDR

Tall ships in the old port © SiefkinDR

Toulon is a town in southern France and a large military harbor on the Mediterranean coast, with a major French naval base. Located in the Provence-Alpes-Côte-d’Azur region, Toulon is the capital of the Var department in the former province of Provence. It is the fourth-largest French city on the Mediterranean coast after Marseille, Nice and Montpellier. Toulon is an important centre for naval construction, fishing, wine making, and the manufacture of aeronautical equipment, armaments, maps, paper, tobacco, printing, shoes, and electronic equipment. The military port of Toulon is the major naval centre on France’s Mediterranean coast, home of the French Navy aircraft carrier Charles De Gaulle and her battle group. The French Mediterranean Fleet is based in Toulon.   read more…

Theme Week Marseille, France’s oldest and second largest city

3 May 2011 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Architecture, French Riviera, European Union, European Capital of Culture, Theme Weeks Reading Time:  9 minutes

Corniche - Petit Nice © Jddmano

Corniche – Petit Nice © Jddmano

Marseille, known in antiquity as Massalia, is the second largest city in France, after Paris, with a population of 852,395 within its administrative limits on a land area of 240.62 km2 (93 sq mi). The urban area of Marseille extends beyond the city limits with a population of over 1,420,000 on an area of 1,204 km2 (465 sq mi). 1,530,000 or 1,601,095 people live in the Marseille metropolitan area, ranking it third among French metro areas. Located on the southeast coast of France on the Mediterranean Sea, Marseille is France’s largest commercial port and largest French city on the Mediterranean coast. Marseille is the capital of the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region, as well as the capital of the Bouches-du-Rhône department. Its inhabitants are called Marseillais. Marseille enjoys a Mediterranean climate. The summer/holiday season lasts for six months, from May to October, although also in April sometimes there are temperatures above 20 °C (68.0 °F). Winters are mild, with average temperature 12 °C (54 °F) during the day and 4 °C (39 °F) at night in the period December–January–February.   read more…

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