The Frioul Islands, an archipelago just off the coast of Marseille in the Mediterranean Sea, are a set of four islands with rare birds as well as historically recognized structures. We took a ferry ride from the Old Port of Marseille out into the bay, past the first island on which Chateau d’If – the prison in which the Count of Monte Cristo was held – and on to Ratonneau island.
When we arrived in Marseille, we made a quick stop to shop for beach towels, water shoes and hats, then went to the harbor, where we purchased tickets for 20 minute ferry ride to the islands. As we started our ferry ride, we saw the ancient forts and new mansions that sit at the mouth of the harbor.
We did some walking, swimming (wading), sightseeing, and snacking on Ratonneau, before heading back for a nice meal in Marseille. Such a peasant day.