Carry-le-Rouet, pearl on the Blue Coast

Carry-le-Rouet is a commune in the Bouches-du-Rhône department (Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region) in southern France. Carry-le-Rouet is located between Martigues and Marseille. Once the home of the famous jazz singer Nina Simone. Carry-le-Rouet is located on the Blue Coast (La Côte Bleue) of the Mediterranean Sea. A visit to the small port town is definitely worthwhile. Various water sports and hiking trips are possible and the nature is beautiful.

Facts and data

Some facts and details of Carry-le-Rouet are:

  • Some celebrities who have lived or live in Carry-le-Rouet are: Jean-Pierre Foucault (radio and television presenter), Fernandel (French actor, his real name is: Fernand-Joseph-Désiré-Contandin), Nina Simone (American jazz singer) and, her daughter, Lisa Simone Kelly (singer and actress).
  • In 2018, Carry-le-Rouet has 5,578 inhabitants, of whom 26% are between 60 and 70 years old.
  • The unemployment rate is 13.30% in 2018.


History of Carry-le-Rouet

The port of Carry-le-Rouet offered the Greek and Roman the necessary protection during storms. Pink limestones from the mines of La Couronne and Carro could also be loaded in the port. On July 15, 1584, the community of Carry-le-Rouet became independent. In the early twentieth century the town had 300 inhabitants. The wealthy residents of Marseille began to appreciate the town more and more as a place where they could relax.
Thanks to the construction of a railway line between Marseille and Miramas between 1911 and 1915, the town developed more and more and the population increased (700 in 1920). In subsequent years the population has only increased. Not only because of the railway line, but also because of the small town’s quiet location on the Mediterranean Sea.

Sights and activities

The Way of the Lizard (le sentier du lézard)

Do you like walking? Then this beautiful route is a must! The route starts in the old part of the city and leads you past the flora and fauna of Carry-le-Rouet. The road runs along the sea and there are numerous benches on the well-maintained route and signs provide explanations about the area. The route is approximately two kilometers long and takes approximately one hour (there and back).

The church of Rouet (la Chapelle de Rouet)

It is quite difficult to reach this church, because there is no parking space nearby and the route up is not well maintained.

Rouet Beach (La plage de Rouet)

Rouet beach is located on a bay. On the other side you can see (part of) Marseille. Most of the beach consists of sand. There is a small section made of stones. It is not a wide or extensive beach and it can be very busy. Nevertheless, this beach is generally a good place to be and it offers everything you need for a day at the beach, such as restaurants, shops (including water sports equipment), a parking lot, lifeguards, kayak rental, standup padding, surfboards, etc. .

Water sports

Various water sports are possible in and around. Such as diving, sailing, surfing, etc. You must take into account that this is approximately 28 km long. there is a protected area off the coast of Carry-le-Rouet. This means that fishing, diving and boats are not allowed to anchor there.


Carry-le-Rouet has a Mediterranean climate. This generally means that summers are warm and dry and winters are mild and wet. The average temperature in summer (June-September) is between 28 and 32 degrees. In the months December-January the average maximum temperature is around 11 degrees. The minimum temperature varies between two degrees (December-January) and 16 degrees (July-August).