Fodor's Expert Review L'Estaque

Marseille Town/Village

At this famous village north of Marseille, Cézanne led an influx of artists eager to capture its clifftop views over the harbor. Braque, Derain, and Renoir all put its red rooftops, rugged cliffs, and factory smokestacks on canvas. Pick up the English-language itinerary "L'Estaque and the Painters" from the Marseille tourist office and hunt down the sites and views they immortalized. It's a little seedy these days, but there are cafés and a few fish shops making the most of the nearby Criée (fishermen's auction). This is where the real wholesale auction moved from Marseille's Quai de Rive Neuve. A novel way to see Cézanne's famous scenery is to take a standard SNCF train trip from the Gare St-Charles to Martigue; it follows the L'Estaque waterfront and (apart from a few tunnels) offers magnificent views.

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