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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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  • In a nutshell, this isn't the best beach in the world but it's a nice beach. Man made with shingle it's pretty calm and local to many restaurants and shops and is a nice place to lounge for the day. P...  more »
  • Beach City Center pretty quiet off-season. Iodine and invigorating walk at Halloween by high wind.
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  • I visited the Beach of Pardo in Marseille on a very special occasion, during the winter, and because I was going on the International Biennale of Arts of Circus, had a set of military tents in the middle of the beach. Simply magical!
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