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Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Bouches-du-Rhône

Istres - Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Bouches-du-Rhône

Generous Istres opens its doors on the Mediterranean (10 km), Arles and the Camargue (50 km), the Alpilles and Les Baux de Provence (35 km), Aix-en-Provence (58 km ), Marseille and the Calanques (58 km) ...

At the confluence, Camargue, Crau and the Mediterranean, nestled between hills and ponds, Istres "A City of Art" and its 43 500 inhabitants welcome you! Nothing is missing to make life pleasant Istréens and stay of those who stop in the city. Catering, accommodation provide a set where everyone can find quality services at prices that suit.

Istres has developed a sports and recreation. The municipality has also been twice elected "City of the sportiest France" in 1989 and 2000. Side competition, several clubs in the city are changing among the national elite.

The cultural aspect of the city is also its reputation: a Cultural Education Centre (CEC), with a score of facilities including a dance house, a conservatory of music, computer, a media ... Theatre de l'Olivier, well known, offers its audience a season of quality, a music cafe that offers various concerts ...

The events in the city, follow one another throughout the year: Christmas traditions like the shepherds, the feria, Midsummer Nights, but also Istres, triathlon, or the hill climb. .. In short, impossible to be bored to Istres!

Let us add flowers and green surroundings, beautiful sites, a remarkable medieval old town center with its suite of plots of the renovated facades, its archaeological museum housing the finest collection in Europe marks painted on jars and a center for contemporary art prestigious exhibitions.

Not to mention the fountain in the pond of the Olive Tree, located more than 80 meters from the edge in the handle of the Castellan, which reached a record height of 50 meters. Huge flag liquid, it embodies the ambition and the vitality of a city that respects its environment and forward looking.

Geographical information

Tourism label
Latitude43.5130060 (N 43° 30’ 47”)
Longitude4.9879680 (E 4° 59’ 17”)
Surface area113.73 km²
Population44122 inhabitants
Density387 inhabitants/km²
PrefectureMarseille (57 km, 49 min)
Insee code13047
IntercommunalitySAN Ouest Provence
RegionProvence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur

Nearest cities & towns

Saint-Mitre-les-Remparts8.6 km (15 min)
Saint-Chamas11.6 km (16 min)
Fos-sur-Mer11.8 km (20 min)
Miramas12.6 km (15 min)
Grans15.4 km (22 min)
Martigues15.9 km (20 min)
Port-de-Bouc16.7 km (20 min)
Cornillon-Confoux18.2 km (24 min)
Lançon-Provence21 km (28 min)
Eyguières23 km (28 min)
Mouriès23 km (23 min)
Salon-de-Provence23 km (28 min)
Aureille24 km (26 min)

Things to see and do

Places of interest

Information points
Leisure centres
Natural sites
Performance halls

Events and festivities

Popular and traditional festivals to sporting events, through the Nights Istres the feria, the festival of shepherds, Istres offers throughout the year rich and varied entertainment.


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Etang de Berre
Etang de Berre
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Etang de Berre
Etang de Berre
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Visits, leisure and activities nearby

Leisure activities

Last nameActivity typeRateCity
Tour and tasting at the Calavon Castle
Local flavoursFreeLambesc (27 km)
Sea outing on a tall ship
Nature and the great outdoors1400 € Marseille (30 km)
Paintball by the Lubéron
Entertainment20 € to 35 € La Roque-d'Anthéron (34 km)
Strolling in the lavender fields and discovering the hilltop villages from Arles
Nature and the great outdoors60 € Arles (34 km)
Provençal excursion from Arles: discover the lavender fields and the hilltop villages
Entertainment110 € Arles (34 km)


Last nameOuting typeDifficultyDurationDeparture municipality
Source of the Boulon, Baude Rocks
HikeIntermediate3h00Robion (38 km)
Robion - Maubec
HikeIntermediate3h00Robion (38 km)
Courrejho (the courrée)
HikeEasy1h00Ménerbes (40 km)
Tour of Saint-Pons
HikeEasy4h00Bonnieux (44 km)
From the Spring to the Venice of Provence
Cycling itineraryEasy2h00L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue (45 km)


Bed & breakfasts

Vacation rentals