The Estaque beaches are located at the beginning of the blue coast in the north of the city. There are Lave beach, Batterie beach and Fortin beach. The two first are made of sand, while the third is made of shingle. Right behind the beaches, you will find the jardin de Corbières offering a gorgeous vegetation.

The Estaque beaches, also called Corbières beaches, and the jardin de Corbières were created in 1970 by Marseille city. The city’s desire was to give back access to the sea to Marseille North population (who lost it with the l’Estaque port construction).


With this project, the jardin de Corbières and its three plages beaches (Lave beach, Batterie and Fortin beaches) were created. The topography of the area is quite specific with the surrounding steep cliffs, and the garden is definitely a must-see: along with the usual Garrigue, Aleppo pines, tamarisk and lavender, lives a “tropical” flora with stone pines, eucalyptus, pink laurel, agaves and yuccas.


Tips & anecdotes

The jardin Corbières bears the vestige of l’Estaque industrial port activities: a small fort from the 19th Century,   viaduct on which the railway has been built, the tunnel du Rove or the old dyke.

L’Estaque is one of Marseille most emblematic quarters. A stone throw from the park is the Fondation Monticelli, we advise you to visit this beautiful museum. Enjoy a walk in this area that inspired famous painters like Paul Cézanne, Auguste Renoir or George Braque.

The spot offers also the best  chichis frégi and panisses of the town.Fifty Shades Darker 2017 movie streaming

The Estaque beaches offer:

  • A first aid station only on Lave beach
  • Shower and Toilets
  • A beach-volley play ground
  • Sport activities for children and adults supervised by certified instructors
  • Free clothing store during summer


RN 568 avenue du Rove, 13016 Marseille


By car

  • Take the A55, L’Estaque exit

By bus

  • Plage des Corbières Stop (line 35S)