Cliffs, sea, and history out on a windblown archipelago off the coast of Marseille.

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Frioul Archipelago

An island boat trip.

The story goes that the writer, pilot, and adventurer Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, author of The Little Prince, died off the coast of Marseille, shot down by a Nazi plane during a 1944 reconnaissance flight for the free French forces. If the story is true, it would've happened near the Frioul Archipelago, a group of four islands (among them the isle of If, with its notorious castle-prison) covering a mere 200 hectares (494 acres), including limestone cliffs, semi-virgin beaches, and the occasional restaurant and beach bar in the port of Frioul, reachable via a short boat ride from Marseille. The islands' odd microclimate makes it a refuge for several specific bird and plant species that only exist among the rocks of this archipelago.

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