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Roquefort la Bédoule

Population : 4,774

Bouches du Rhône Department

7km north east of de Cassis on the D1
6 km south of Aubagne on the A50

Roquefort la Bédoule is a small town located between the Mediterranean and the summits of St Baume and Garlaban. Its ideal location, halfway between Aubagne and Cassis and not far from Marseilles, allows you to explore the beautiful landscapes of the Côte Bleue and its unspoilt calanques (rocky inlets). You can also visit the museums of Marseilles, do a little shopping and try the famous “bouillabaisse”, a fish soup typical of the region. In January, don’t miss the festivals for tasting shellfish and sea urchins which take place at the ports of Carry and Sausset... as much for the atmosphere as for the taste.

Roquefort la Bédoule is fortunate in its position, nestled at the foot of magnificent Provençal hills and several massifs which beckon with the promise of spectacular walks. You can follow the long-distance footpaths, GR51 and 98, which cross the municipality. An area of more than 30 km2 stretches from the Pont des Barles (151 m) to the Barre de Font Blanche (564 m). From here, an exceptionally fine panorama opens out, encompassing the bay of Marseilles and the hills of Chaîne de l’Etoile, Sainte Baume and the Var. Looking seawards, the view stretches from Marseilleveyre (a rocky headland to the south of Marseilles below Mazargues) to the Cap Sicié (at Six Fours).

What to see :

Remains of the Rocca Fortis site
La Vigie viewpoint
The Ratataigne spring
Fontblanche summit (564 m)
Bedoulian geological site
13th-century chapel of St André
(at the top of the hill, only accessible on foot)

Leisure activities :

Market on Thursday mornings (parking next to the post office)
Walking and horse riding
Tennis. Pétanque. Mountain biking.
Summer events

Festivals and events :

24 June: Festival of St Jean (folk dancing around the fire)
Second Sunday in July: St Eloi Parade
(horse processions, decorated floats, flea market…)
First Sunday in November : Ronde des Vignes
(a tour of the local vineyards)

Accommodation and eating out :

1 campsite.
5 restaurants.
Gîtes. Furnished rentals.

Villages voisins :

Carnoux en Provence (4km), Cassis (7km),
(8km), La Ciotat (12 km).

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