France's oldest city, Marseille, is a bustling port with a lively local atmosphere. Marseille was founded by Greeks, about 600 BC, as the city of Phocea. Tourism is a recent phenomenon In Marseille. The Vieux Port, is a very sheltered harbour, although rather noisy. The pontoons on the southern side of the harbour run by Cercle Nautique et Touristique du Lacydon are recommended.
Famed for its palm trees, Hyeres, the most southerly city of Provence, was once the favourite summer resort of the rich and famous. The old town still retains its charm and character. Hyères boasts 24 miles of pristine sand beaches and rocky inlets
Porquerolles is the biggest of the three Iles d'Or in the Hyères gulf. The island has plenty of little coves, many of which can only be reached by yacht. Of the big beaches on Porquerolles, La Courtade is the longest and most popular. The Plage des Grottes on Ile du Levant is reserved for naturism.