Hi there - we are looking for a beach resort near to Arles for Day trips during a visit to Provence - what are the beaches at Fos Sur Mer like?
Fos is a major oil refinerary - not exactly pretty.
From Arles head to the fantastic Camargue beaches - google Grau du Roy and Sts Marie de la Mer for details.
Our favorite is the Plage des Espigette at Grau du Roy - has patrolled car parks and beach bars in high season.
Fos does have one of the few "blue flag" beaches in this area (i.e. one which meets certain environmental standards) -- though I agree the setting isn't as lovely as one might like. Here's a list of the 2011 blue flag beaches in France FYI. http://bit.ly/l1zO9u
Espiguette is lovely. Other than that, we walked from Carry Le Rouet to La Couronne this week; parked at the former, picked up the train back. It's a beautiful coastline, with interesting little coves and clear blue water. It was my first visit there, and I'll happily return. We ate well at a beachside restaurant; the fish and shellfish were delicious!
There are some lovely spots on the Blue Coast and the walks are quite easy west of Carry. My favourite is Sainte Croix, which is overlooked by a romantic 17th century chapel perched on a hill. Carro is nice too - it's a pretty working fishing port.