Île Verte

At only 420 metres from the shore, Île Verte is the only wooded island in the Calanques National Park and the Bouches-du-Rhône department.

Throughout history

Until the early 19th century, agriculture dominated the island. During the First World War (1914-1918), gunners were stationed here. At that time, two turrets were built on the heights. Four cannons were transported to the Calanque de Saint-Pierre. But it was the Second World War that left indelible traces.

The island’s location makes it a point of strategic importance in the Mediterranean. Thus, in 1943, the Germans turned the Île Verte an entrenched camp. They built a series of blockhouses linked by a network of underground galleries. Nowadays, you can still see some blockhouses and the craters made by shells in the pine forest.

Île Verte and its beaches

Shuttle to Île Verte

To get to Île Verte from the Old Port, book your crossing (15mn)

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I discover the Île Verte creeks

Did you know?

In the past, Île Verte was a paradise for rabbits. Today they have been replaced by gabians (the local word for seagull in Marseilles), which nest there practically all year round.

Dogs on a leash are also welcome on the island.

More information on the regulations

Also to be discovered

in the Calanques National Park