Swimming activities in Marseille
Marseille's main beach area is the 1km-long Parc Balnéaire du Prado ; created from backfill from the excavations for Marseille's metro. Beginning 5km south of the centre, it's split into five beaches (north to south): Plage du Prado Nord (also called Plage du Petit Roucas Blanc), Plage du Prado Sud (also called Plage de David), Plage Borély, Plage Bonneveine and Plage Vieille Chapelle.
These beaches have public toilets, showers, first-aid posts with coastguards and free lockers to safeguard valuables. Prado du Nord and Sud are wheelchair accessible; Prado du Nord and Borély have a children's playground; and café-clad Borély and Bonneveine have sun-loungers/parasols to…
If you are a skater, you can hire blades and boards opposite the Marseilles Skatepark from XoXo Beach. If you pick them up at 18:30 and return them by noon you'll only pay for half a day. Some ID is required as a deposit.