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 Tourism, holiday & travel in Istres
Insee code13047
Surface113.73 km²
Population43500 inhabitants
Density382 inhabitants/km²
National label


Chief townMarseille (at 57 km, 49 min)Saint-Chamas at 5.6 km
DepartmentBouches-du-RhôneSaint-Mitre-les-Remparts at 7.1 km
RegionProvence-Alpes-Côte d'AzurSearch another town


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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.


  • The medieval old town center with its suite of plots and renovated facades.
  • The archaeological museum which houses the finest collection in Europe marks painted on jars.
  • The Centre for Contemporary Art in prestigious exhibitions.
  • The pond of the Olive and its fountain.
  • The Tourist Office offers guided tours throughout the year (the historical center, the Mediterranean garden and the perimeter of the pond of the Olive Tree ...) and thematic tours such as "visit nurseries way" during the Christmas time or "storytelling visits." A city tour is accompanied wheelchair accessible. It is labeled Tourism and Handicap. If you want to visit the city freely, you can rent an audio guide "I pod" at the home of the Tourist Office.
Detailed information
TransportTrain station of Istres,   Train station of Rassuen
Information pointsTourist Office of Istres
Leisure centresArchaeological Museum of Istres,   Beach of Romaniquette,   Beach of the Ranquet,   Marina of the Heures Claires
Performance hallsL'Usine,   Theatre of L'Olivier
Natural sitesBay of Saint-Chamas,   Pond of Entressen,   Pond of the Olivier


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

  • The bullfighting tradition:
  • June: Feria Istres.
  • August: Novillada holidays.
  • The popular holidays:
  • March: Feast of St. Patrick.
  • April: Carnaval.
  • June: Music Festival.
  • June: Medieval festival of St John.
  • June: Feast of the water.
  • December: Nativity scenes, Rink ...
  • Block parties:
  • Entressen: early July.
  • Rassuen: mid-July.
  • Ranquet: July and August.
  • South districts: early June
  • Tribute to pastoralism:
  • June: Feast of hay Entressen.
  • December: Great Celebration of the shepherds.
  • Sporting Events:
  • April: Open Istres western Provence.
  • April: European Cup of Clubs Peter Dale.
  • May: Hill Climb.
  • June: jumping contest.
  • July and August, jousting contest Provence.
  • September: Get active.
  • September: Tour Course pond of Oliver.
  • September: Master of Iberian horses.
  • Meetings rich in discoveries:
  • March: Bullets water port of Skies.
  • September: Heritage Days.
  • October: historic meeting.
  • Cultural events:
  • February: The slender.
  • July: Festival "Les Nuits d'Istres".
  • Trade fairs in Halle Versatile:
  • October: Exhibition of nature and animals.
  • November: Wine and gastronomy.


Leisure activities
NameType of activityPriceTown
Tour and tasting at the Calavon CastleLocal flavoursFreeLambesc (27 km)
Tour and tasting at Les Béates wine estateLocal flavoursFrom 0 € to 10 €Lambesc (29 km)

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French cuisine restaurantLa Table de Sébastien  
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Located in Istres32 € per person 
French cuisine restaurantLe Rabelais  
It is a small village in Provence, quietly located in a vaulted room, furnished in a flour mill from the 17th century that we can taste gourmet restaurant Le Rabelais. The chef Gérald...
Located 5.5 km from Istres36 € per person 
French cuisine restaurantLa Terrasse du Château  
Located a few kilometers from the Etang de Berre, in the Provençal town of Miramas La Terrasse du Château welcomes you. Discover a friendly place where it is good to eat, ideal for...
Located 6.5 km from Istres26 € per person 

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House with 1 bedroomAgathes    
Welcome to Les Agathes, a detached villa set in more than 2 hectares (5 acres) of private grounds. If you are looking for a relaxing stay in Provence, please have a look at what we...
Located 18.3 km from Istres70 € the double room 
House with 3 bedroomsLa Laure    
In the heart of Provence, south of the Alpilles, near the Camargue and the Crau, La Laure, family home of the late eighteenth century, will open its doors. Past the main gate, one alley...
Located 19.9 km from IstresFrom 70 € to 90 € the double room 
House with 2 bedroomsChez marie    
Individual leases in quiet subdivision: air-conditioned rooms - bedding elect 160 - TV, WiFi, mini-fridge. 25 km Aix en Provence, Marseille, 5 mins from Marseille Airport, 10 minutes...
Located 20 km from Istres45 € the double room 

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Apartment for 6 personsLa Côte Plage - Istres en Provence  
At the edge of Istres, in the heart of Provence in nature, discover the area 'La Côte Beach. This charming residence, with 4 cottages located directly on the shore north of the Etang...
Located in IstresFrom 630 € to 1010 € per week 
Apartment for 8 personsHaut de villa les pieds dans l'eau
Come enjoy your vacation in an apartment (top villa) comfortable, bright, spacious, air conditioned sleeps 8, 3 bedrooms, kitchen, large balcony, terrace, feet in the water, breathtaking...
Located 5.6 km from IstresFrom 400 € to 890 € per week 
Apartment for 6 personsLe6loliveraie Notre Dame des Marins   NEW
Apartment of 80m² with 30m² terrace. Tastefully arranged furniture business, zing tables, leather armchairs... The apartment is located in a secure property 5 minutes walk from the...
Located 13.4 km from IstresFrom 550 € to 750 € per week 

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116 places over 2 haCamping Pascalounet    
Family and friendly campsite located 100 m long from sandy beaches (direct access) - Mobile homes and bungalow for rent, some with sea-view - Camping, caravanning and camping car.
Located 21 km from IstresFrom 20 € to 30 € per day 
100 places over 3 haLa chapelette    
Camping Family shaded the very heart of Provence - rentals mobile home - pool - playground - bowls - ping pong - lively evening - snack bar.
Located 23 km from IstresFrom 16 € to 21 € per day 

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Première Classe Istres - Hotel in IstresPremière Classe Istres     
Just 2 km from the airport and Etang de Berre, this Première Classe is located in Istres. It offers contemporary air-conditioned rooms, 15km from Fos-Sur-Mer. An LCD TV with cable channels...
Located in IstresRoom from 39 €
ibis budget Istres Trigance - Hotel in Istresibis budget Istres Trigance     
Just 7 km from the beach, ibis budget Istres Trigance offers a garden, a terrace and a 24-hour front desk. Free internet access and free private parking are available on site. The air-conditioned...
Located in IstresRoom from 38 €
ibis Istres Trigance - Hotel in Istresibis Istres Trigance     
The ibis Istres Trigance is situated just 3 km from the centre of Istres, from Istres Train Station and and from the Etang de Berre. The hotel offers a garden, an outdoor swimming pool...
Located in IstresRoom from 49 €

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InterContinental Marseille - Hotel Dieu
InterContinental Marseille - Hotel Dieu is set in a superb 18th century building in the historic quarter of Marseille, 350 metres from the Old Port. WiFi...
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