​Jaï Beach

  • Plage du Jaï
  • Plage du Jaï
  • Plage du Jaï
  • Plage du Jaï
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Jaï Beach is the great beach of Marignane.
A strip of land more than 5 km long and 250 m wide on average which marks the separation between two ponds, that of Berre and that of Bolmon.

Suffice to say that its surface is immense and that the wind, often frequent in this corner of the department, allows a high practice of board sports such as KiteSurf or Windsurf but also water sports. Especially since part of the beach is prohibited for swimming to let thrill seekers express themselves on the water. In addition, a fitness area has been set up at the entrance to the Jaï with a dozen machines available (bodybuilding, exercise bike, etc.) are self-service and free!

It is a pleasant beach, of sand and lawn, supervised in summer (from July 1 to August 31 from 10:30 to 18:00 Monday to Sunday) on 600 meters long. The swimming area has been moved to the entrance to the Jaï with the layout of the first aid station and installation of fun activities (soccer field, beach volleyball) free parking near the supervised beach.

The Blue Flag has been floating there since 2016.

The Jaï beach and all its facilities are accessible to people with reduced mobility. Indeed, 2 parking spaces are reserved for them as close as possible to the swimming area. A landscaped path leads to the swimming area as well as the sanitary block with 2 showers and 2 accessible WCs (woman and man). It is also possible to reserve an amphibious armchair made available free of charge with the help of support staff: reservation at 06 61 30 61 72 it has the label: Handiplage level 2.

In summer, in the evening, the Jaï beach is filled with families who come to appreciate the space and enjoy the Festino'Jaï, festive evenings with food stands, and musical entertainment.

Access to Jaï is via the D48, route de la plage, from the center of Marignane. (Access is regulated in summer: filtering of vehicles for the Jaï district in July and August.)

Another access is possible to the Jaï beach by Châteauneuf-les Martigues.
It should be noted that the Jaï lagoon and the Bolmon wetland are managed by the coastal conservatory and the Aix Marseille Provence Metropolis
Since summer 2011, the Jaï route between Marignane and Chateauneuf is no longer accessible to motor vehicles. It is accessible to hikers and cyclists.

A little historical reminder ...
Lido des Marignanais and Châteauneuvais, the Jaï is a long and narrow, sandy-silty sandy cord which separates the Etang du Bolmon and that of Berre, and the ends of which come to marry the airport runways to the east and to west the district of La Palunette in Châteauneuf-les-Martigues. Is this training the fruit of nature's work or the result of human action? Or both at the same time ? No one really knows.

However, for at least a millennium, humanity has left its tenacious imprint: a place where fish are caught in the specially-designed passes called bourdigues, created in the Middle Ages, a soda and saltworks factory in the 19th century (for making glass or soap in particular), the sand for the binder and the plasters of the village houses.
Until the Second World War, kelp (seaweed and fucus) was collected there for litter, as insulation or as fertilizer. We also note the presence of a relatively recent small fishing port (absent in the cadastre of 1818) and a landing stage known from the Renaissance, which welcomed merchant ships coming from the Caronte channel with their loads of finished products. These same ships, on the other hand, received wine from Marignane and adjacent lands, which set out for the high seas abroad. Asparagus and early grapes grew on these sunny shores.

In 1921, the airport's large notch formed east of Jaï, soon accompanied by the seaplane base. Today the Jaï is still a refuge for migratory birds. Fishing there finds a certain revival. It also welcomes winter sports enthusiasts, walkers and bathers. It is finally a place of animation in summer.

Jaï Beach has been awarded the Blue Flag since 2016.
The Blue Flag is a European label intended to recognize the environmental quality of beaches and marinas. This label is awarded by the French Office of the Foundation for Environmental Education in Europe.
Our town thus became the first around the pond to obtain this label in 2016.
  • Label :
    • Pavillon Bleu d'Europe
  • Protected area :
    • Prefectural stops biotope protection
  • Gestion de l'espace naturel :
    • Local Government Head Quarter of Department's Estate
  • Comfort(s) and service(s) :
    • Maintained beach
    • Secured Strand
​Jaï Beach
Plage du Jaï
GPS coordinates
Latitude : 43.4059
Longitude : 5.15017