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Niolon is one of the best-kept secrets of Provence: a village hidden away in the steep rocky valleys, or calanques, on the Blue Coast just west of Marseille.

Niolon is tiny but wonderfully diverse. If you like sports, you can scuba-dive, go kayaking, snorkelling or fishing, hike, rock-climb or take a boat out for the day. Food-lovers can pop over to the restaurant next door to taste a typical Marseille bouillabaisse and local wines. For night life, take a boat across the bay to buzzing Marseille. Or just relax in the sun and enjoy the view.

Our two flats are both ideally placed, high up where the view is best (the larger apartment, Le Grand Bleu, looks out on to the Bay of Marseille), and have been recently refurbished with luxury and taste.