Jimi Hendrix lived here for a while back in the 70's, and to paraphrase his reasoning: "Because it is so freakin' cool!"
The ramparts form a lot of what is the sea wall and in many places the ocean just spends its days beating against them. It is one of the most picturesque places that I've visited and a place I'd visit again and again, for days or maybe weeks.
Being an active fishing port, the views and the rustic boats come with the smell, for no additional charge, but the persistent sea breezes keep the smell and the humidity nicely at bay and make this a destination worth adjusting your schedule for.
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