Less well known than the “calanques” to the east of Marseille, with their towering limestone cliffs and turquoise waters, is the stretch of coast to the west, “la côte bleue”. The rocky hills drop into the sea, a series of little fishing ports tucked into the coves which rhythm the nervous line of the coast. The calanque de Méjean is one such port, set against the impressive arches of the railway viaduct. It may be called the blue coast but the colours are warm. The limestone of Provence is punctuated by pockets of sandstone which glow in ochre tones in the afternoon light.
We were there yesterday, enjoying the mildness of the provençal winter. As were other families, walking along the trail overlooking the coast. One father with his two children patiently tending to their fishing rods. Others, more direct and equipped with swim suits, spent their afternoon in the water. One solitary boat was stationed in the cove.
See here for more of la côte bleue!