Semaphore battery, Frioul islandsSemaphore battery, Frioul islands

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    This spot is off the path. Simply a good trip Aug!
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      Nice description and tips Aug!
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The battery enjoys a magnificent sight over Marseille Creeks. Not much visited by tourists, the fort peacefully looks at the ferries passing by, leaving for Corsica or for Africa.

My experience, Explo description: 

The battery is contemporary of that of Cape Caveau (500m SW). It is situated near a semaphore built in 1904 (you can’t visit it : it is occupied by the Frioul nature park team).
The fort was equipped with 4 artillery model 1888 of 95mm, of a reach of 10km. The site has been reorganized by the Germans.

It is today possible to see a place for a projector, an observation bunker, two ammunition stores (at the entrance)

On the trail going up to the battery (on the right, 50m from the entrance), please note a bunker machine gun niche extremely well preserved with its wooden coffering which is still there.

My personal recommendations: 

Have a look on Calanque creeks (S) and then go swimming at the cute Crine Creek (200m N)

How getting there: 

Once you are in Frioul harbour, you need 45mn to get there.

To get to the Frioul island : take a boat shuttle (SACM company) from Marseille "vieux port" (quai des Belges). From 9h till 19h every day (be careful to schedule changing depending on seasons). In the summer time, there is a special return shuttle at midnight for those who plan to have diner in the island restaurants. Telephone : 04 91 55 50 09. The trip is about 45 minutes, and 10 euros per person.

A tip to sleep: 

You can stay in Marseille.

Useful information: 
Open hours: 

Free

Visit duration: 

15 minutes

Entry fees: 

Free. The place is abandoned.