Plages du Prado, Marseille

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Plages du Prado is the generic name for the beaches in the south neighborhood of Marseille, France. The seaside park is an artificial coastal development created in the late 1970s by Gaston Defferre. They were built with the fill coming from the construction of the two Marseille subway lines.OverviewThey host many events including the Sosh Freestyle Cup, particular due to the presence of the Bowl of Marseille, famous skatepark. In June each year they host concerts during the World Music Day.Plages du Prado was the venue for the 2008 FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup, for the occasion, the summer stadium's capacity was increased to 8500 seats, against 4500. normally. Over the course of the tournament, it hosted 16 teams competing for the crown of World Champions. All group matches and knockout matches were played there. It was the first time that the competition had been held outside Brazil.On 14 April 2012 the presidential candidate (Jean-Luc Mélenchon) of the French Left Wing group Front de Gauche organised a grand meeting on the Plage du Prado. According to the organisors, 120,000 people were present.
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  • September 17, 2017
    Went nearly every day. It is a sand and shingle beach. Sand near the water and shingle further back. It's still OK to sit on though. There are some "steps" around the edge you can choose to sit on ins...  more »
  • September 5, 2017
    Gravel beach, what is the interest to put as soon as gravel on a beach, except to hurt the foot and particularly ugly we there found no interest!
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  • August 31, 2017
    Marsellhe's place of picturesque beaches. The sea is beautiful. But Beach options are not her these things. The Prado Beach is within easy reach, frequented by the local population. There's sand. Most are of pebbles. Attention, with mare highest the range of very areiareduz. Need to know, but better swimming in the calangues.
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The Old Port is near the water, seafood restaurants, and the not-to-be-missed museums. Hotels with sea views come with a price tag to match, though. For more affordable accommodations and local character, check out hostels and rental apartments in the Panier district. The Canebière neighborhood is in the heart of the action. For a more nature-oriented locale, a hotel near Garde Hill offers the nearby botanical gardens.
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