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Food & Drink in Carry-le-Rouet

Les Oursinades

Every February since 1960, Carry-le-Rouet has come alive to Les Oursinades, a multiple-week celebration of the spiny oursin (sea urchin), of which only the lurid-orange gonad is eaten. Oursin-lovers from France and …
Provencal in Côte Bleue

Auberge du Mérou

Niolon, a tiny cluster of houses clinging to the Calanque de Niolon, offers no better dining than at this lovely auberge (inn), with its sea-view terrace and traditional Provençal cooking. Fish is naturally favoured…
Food in Sausset-les-Pins

Poissonnerie du Golfe

Aside from other prizes from the day's catch, Poissonnerie du Golfe is the place for clam-like tellines. Buy a kilo or so of the pink nail-sized bivalves, soak in water salted with gros sel, (‘coarse salt’) until pu…
Marine Reserve in Côte Bleue

Parc Marin de la Côte Bleue

The entire Côte Bleue, from Anse des Laurons to Pointe des Corbières and extending three kilometres offshore, falls within this protected marine environment, in which fishing and other harmful activities are severel…
Port in Côte Bleue

L’Estaque

On Marseille's northern outskirts the little port of L'Estaque is renowned as an epicentre of the impressionist, Fauvist and cubist movements. A trail follows the footsteps of Renoir, Cézanne, Dufy and Braque around…
French in Martigues

Le Miroir aux Oiseaux

Inside an old fisherman’s house with pale-grey shutters and a leafy veranda, Le Miroir cooks up a bounty of seafood: poutargue (pressed grey mullet roe), mêlets (anchovies prepared with fennel) and the catch of the …
Food in Sausset-les-Pins

Poissonnerie du Port

In a prime position just back from the quai, Poissonerie du Port sells plats aux coquillages (shellfish platters), red mullet, racasse or whatever's been freshly landed, including all the rockfish needed to have a c…