On Sunday morning we set off early…12.30 pm…for the chain ferry at Bac de Barcarin. This is a vehicle ferry at the mouth of the Rhône which cuts out the 40 mile drive up to Arles then back again, if you are working your way along the coast. However the guy on the ferry had his feet up and as a friendly tractor driver told us, the ferry was shut from 12-2. We headed back and took a left towards Piémanson beach, then stopped for lunch by a salt pan.
There was only a five minute or so wait and another 2 minutes to cross the river. It was a flat rate of €5 for each vehicle; easily the cheapest ferry we have come across.
We are now on a little coastal aire ( N 43.329353 E 5.0403 ) at Carro, which is a tiny fishing port close to Martigues, and about 30 miles to the west of Marseille. Entrance is via a credit card controlled barrier and it is €8 per night. We are parked looking west, very close to the sea.
We are here for a couple of nights and move off on Tuesday towards St Tropez. It’s time to join the jet set.
This is a sheltered spot for swimming.
And there is a good, if slightly rough, cycle path over the headland to the next bay.
Paddle surfing doesn’t have to be a solitary occupation. However we didn’t think Colin would be up for this.
Today, Tuesday, has dawned a bit cloudy and we will move off shortly.