The Frioul Archipelago is a group of four French islands located in the Mediterranean Sea at about 4 km from Marseille. The total area is about 200 hectares.
The islands belong to the agglomeration Marseille.
We visited L’île de Ratonneau and l’île de Pomègues
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The colourful cliffs, the flora and the fauna are beautiful, the views incredible.
The views from the hills allow you to see the Island of If and also Marseille.
It is a great place for hiking.
Although it is a small island group it has a huge area to explore.
They offer plenty of historical remains including some used in WW2.
L’archipel du Frioul sits in the heart of Parc National des Calanques.
A small ferry boat takes you to two islands (Ile de Pomegues and Ile de Ratonneau).
They are so close together that there’s even a pedestrian walkway between them.
Once off the boat, you can head for a series of restaurants and cafes, for a mid-morning coffee or lunch.
There are short walking trails on both islands.
The wide trail on Ile de Pomegues is treeless, open to the sun and views of the sea.
You have many good views on the Calanques: steep-walled limestone coves with narrow openings to the sea.
Many small boats take advantage of the enclosure to dock there for the day.
You can walk down to the Calanques over rough and rocky paths.
From the trail, you have a nice view of the pastel colored village.