Catalans beach is very popular and crowded in Summer. You wonder why? Because it’s located only 15 minutes walk from the city’s centre!  If you have planned a visit to Saint-Nicolas Fort or the Pharo Palace, stop at the Catalans for a refreshing break.

The Catalans is a small fine sandy beach. Its name originates from Catalan fishermen who settled in a seaside old building at the end of the 17th Century.



Until 2003, the beach was private but is now public. The beach is so popular during summer that the municipality is struggling to manage the crowds.

The beach is home to the Catalans Beach Volleyball Club, which organises the international tournament of the same name every summer.


Tips and anecdotes

A sandy beach in a city’s centre is quite unusual! It would be a shame to miss it. To enjoy the spot, come early morning or in the evenings – local and families often stay late to open a Rosé bottle while watching the sunset. Just do the same!

In the famous novel of Alexandre Dumas, the Comte de Monte-Cristo, Mercédès, Edmond Dantès fiancée, lives in the Catalans quarter.


Catalans beach offers:

  • A first aid station
  • Showers and toilets
  • A volleyball playground
  • A buvette
  • Restaurants above the beach


Rue des Catalans, 13007 Marseille


By bus

  • Plage des Catalans Stop (lines 54, 81, 82 and 82S)