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 Tourism, holiday & travel in Rognac
Insee code13081
AltitudeFrom 0 to 271 meters
Surface17.46 km²
Population12247 inhabitants
Density701 inhabitants/km²


National labelVitrolles at 5.5 km (12 min)
Chief townMarseille (at 31 km, 23 min)Velaux at 6.4 km (9 min)
DepartmentBouches-du-RhôneBerre-l'Étang at 7.8 km (13 min)
RegionProvence-Alpes-Côte d'AzurSearch another town


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  • Rognac is a city-sized, nice, emphasizing quality of life. She has also received in 2011 its first flower in the contest of Cities and Villages in Bloom.
  • According to the 2010 census, it contains 12,247 inhabitants, an area of ​​1739 hectares.
  • The city belongs to the urban community Agglopole Provence which is the gateway to the Alpilles, the Camargue and Aix countries. Born on 1 January 2002, the Community of agglomeration comprises 17 communes and has 130,000 inhabitants Alleins, Will, Berre-l'Étang, Charleval, Eyguières, La Barben, La Fare les Oliviers, Lamanon, Lancon de Provence Mallemort, Pélissanne, Rognac, Saint-Chamas, Salon-de-Provence, Sénas, and Velaux Vernègues.
  • Infrastructure:
  • Axis Rail access to the TGV station Marseille / Paris or Aix-en-Provence/Paris.
  • Main roads: A7 motorway, Highway 113.
  • 10 minutes from the Marseille-Provence airport and 20 minutes from the port of Marseille.
  • A little history ...
  • Inhabited by humans for over 5000 years, the land of Rognac was first occupied by Neolithic Chasséen groups who lived either on the edge of the pond or in the plains or on the rocky heights of the bars lived by hunting, fishing, farming and livestock rearing.
  • For these groups followed those of the Bronze Age and Iron. The Early History of the Ligurian created there a village and plain, at the end of the first millennium BC, a refuge in height Castellas.
  • Roman rule, from the late second century BC, was followed in the late first century BC, through the creation of many areas of which one, Rudinacum, is probably the origin of the name of Rognac. The decline of the Middle Ages did not spare Rognac, which, however, was never abandoned.
  • The first millennium led to the development of the land with the construction of a feudal castle and a village perched at the foot of Castellas. The latter was abandoned in the mid-15th century and the people moved slowly near the pond and the good land of the plain, in which country houses grew larger over time to form hamlets ancestors the city today.


  • The church of Saint-Jacques: This is what the 17th century erected the present church. In December 1668 held the "solemnity of the first Mass and blessing." In 1994, the square was redeveloped in 1996, the bells were replaced in 1998 and the chancel was renovated.
  • The cross of Rognac: This metal building erected on a foundation of stone masonry from the year 1900. Oral tradition relates the history of the country's famous cross thanks to da family of a child miraculously saved from a fall from the ledge. However, another school building looks rather pious celebrating the dawn of the twentieth century, no clear relationship with the history nor proven popular.
  • The chapel Saint-Jacques: Dating from the 20th century chapel is decorated with a cross of the 17th century from the Saint-Jacques now demolished.
  • The cooperative Olive: The building of the old oil mill located opposite the parish church of the town dates back, according to Dr. Castel, from the late 15th century or the sixteenth. In 1999, the City began the restoration of the facade in shades of green and the sun, recalling his first feature. This building is currently available to associations.
  • The pigeon: Built in 1693, the dovecote was restored in 1997.
  • Fountains: The set of Vitrolles is dug a huge natural underground cavities and tubes which are filled with water that continues to circulate. It is through one of the many outputs of the network that runs a spring called Fountain Rognac. It crosses the rocky d'Entrecasteaux, forming a waterfall that feeds a stream, which from east to west across the plains of Rognac, is called Little Vallat and empties into the pond to western end of the boulevard Rockenhausen beyond the RN 113. With the well Rognac the Vallat was for five centuries the only source of water serving the castrum, which was inhabited from the 11th to the 15th century. But it was not until the 19th century that is installed in the bed of the Little Vallat point of capture, and a pipe which led one of the water to the village of Rognac-le-Haut, and lower to the hamlet of Peirols (Rognac-le-Bas). And it was in 1897 that major festivities celebrated the inauguration of the two fountains at the same time, one in the church square, the other on a place to be known as Freedom Square the following year, in 1898. Today, the only remaining fountain in the square of the Church, but if the surroundings were changed several times, the monument itself has not changed. We see it as 100 years ago. With these two fountains, was the first time that people had a public water supply, marking the beginning of a period of progress that continues in front of us, well beyond what might have been the ancients dreamed. A century later, let us rejoice at the thought of happiness they knew then, before the stream of living water, pure as they wished, and gave them a better life.
  • The leisure:
  • Open to the public from April until the end of November.
  • From Salon-de-Provence and Marseille, near the largest natural lagoon in Europe, surrounded by scrubland, the sailing of Rognac will allow you to sailing safely. You will be supervised and monitored by qualified instructors.
  • Activities for all tastes: Circle Boat Rognac offers many recreational boating or sailing school on a variety of media: optimist, windsurfing, catamaran, dinghy and collective, not to mention the golf beach volleyball, park and sun beds that invite you to relax.
  • Meal for: Many formulas are available for individuals but also groups: training, tutoring, free shipping, storage and safekeeping of your hardware. Home School Education approved.
  • The fleet: 7 catamarans or "hobbies cat" (the catamaran is stable and fast, it allows solo or two, strong acceleration and excitement); 30 windsurfing (windsurf, at any age and whatever your level gives you the pure sensations of skiing) 7 lasers dinghies (designed for competition, control of the boat sports demand a good level of practice) 17 dinghies optimists (the optimist suitable for children From 7 years, is a boat easy to use and very safe, the boat school par excellence, from initiation to competition, it can progress at their own pace), 10 double kayaks, six kayaks simple.
Detailed information
TransportTrain station of Rognac


  • Weekly market every Wednesday on the Place Saint-Jacques.
  • Garage sale: 2 times a year in spring and autumn.
  • Fair 1 May
  • The sardine free: in June
  • The Festinautic ': The family event in early July at the naval base to experience the thrill of water sports and aquatic.
  • Christmas Market.


Leisure activities
NameType of activityPriceTown
Explore Aix by SegwayCulture and education40 €Aix-en-Provence (17.4 km)
Craft exhibition - Bossy tile factoryCraftFreeGardanne (17.6 km)
Tour and tasting at the Calavon CastleLocal flavoursFreeLambesc (18.7 km)
Tour and tasting at Les Béates wine estateLocal flavoursFrom 0 € to 10 €Lambesc (19.8 km)
Electric bike tour of MarseilleEntertainmentFrom 39 € to 99 €Marseille (24 km)

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Église Saint-JacquesÉglise Saint-Jacques
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French cuisine restaurantCampanile Vitrolles Anjoly  
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Located 7.2 km from Rognac19 € per person 
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Located 7.3 km from Rognac21 € per person 
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Located 7.6 km from Rognac23 € per person 

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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...
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House with 3 bedroomsLes Bastides    
Beautiful house in well-kept surroundings, swimming-pool available, nice shadowy terrace, large rooms with either a kingsize bed or two twin beds, furnished with antiques, new private...
Located 8.1 km from RognacFrom 60 € to 70 € the double room 
House with 3 bedroomsBastide Tara    
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Located 11.2 km from RognacFrom 90 € to 700 € the double room 

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Villa for 14 personsLe Mas des Roches - 1 à 14 personnes
Le Mas des Roches welcomes you in the middle of a pine tree forest of 4000 m² in absolute calm. Our house is within 30 km of the beautiful cove of niolon. You will enjoy a well deserved...
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Villa for 7 personsVilla pour 7 personnes 150 m² 4 chambres  
Rent to calas 12 minutes of Aix en Provence. Furnished villa 4 rooms for 7. people, private parking, dining room, garden, terrace, swimming pool. Area, lounge, pantry, kitchen.
Located 10 km from RognacFrom 800 € to 900 € per week 
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'Ideally situated at the foot of a provencal village close to all amenities, location calme. Proximité Aix en Provence very busy during the summer (opera festival in July and many events...
Located 12.9 km from RognacFrom 1700 € to 2300 € per week 

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Located 3.2 km from RognacRoom from 54 €
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This Park & Suites offers free shuttles to the Marseille-Provence airport, 2 km away. It offers air-conditioned fully-equipped studios and apartments with modern facilities, including...
Located 4.5 km from RognacRoom from 37 €
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Located in Vitrolles, just a 3-minute drive from Marseille-Marignane Airport, Kyriad Marseille Provence – Aéroport is a design hotel offering a terrace. Marseille city centre is a 25-minute...
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