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French Riviera: 7 days cruising west from Saint-Tropez along the Mediterranean coast

French Riviera: 7 days cruising west from Saint-Tropez along the Mediterranean coast

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 Iles Du Frioul
Day 4

Step in the footsteps of the Count of Monte Cristo

Coast-hopping west from Bandol, you will pass many typical Provencal fishing villages, small beaches, and rocky headlands. Although Marseille itself is pretty unprepossessing, there are a number of islands off-shore that are well worth a look.

If anyone on board is a diver, there are numerous excellent dive sites around the Ile de Riou and Ile de Plat, in these islands are worth exploring if only for their extraordinary rock formations.

Nearer to Marseille are the Iles Du Frioul, which are very pretty, and the fort there was where the fictional Count of Monte Cristo was imprisoned. When you’ve had enough of island-hopping, set a course west and head for Port Camargue near Montpellier. Port Camargue is an ideal base from which to explore the Rhône delta and its surroundings.

PIcture courtesy of Sam Acumazahn/Shutterstock.com

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