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

Located on the banks of the Berre pond, Martigues is divided into three districts, formerly small villages, that are Jonquière, Ferrière and the district of the island called the Little Venice of Provence.

A central city for traveling to Marseille (40 km), Aix-en-Provence (46 km), Arles (53 km) and Avignon (90 km), also called the Provencal Venice thanks to its canals, Martigues Its world folklore festival, its museum, its jousts and beaches of the Blue Coast.

Formerly a fishing town, today a tourist and industrial city, Martigues has managed to convert itself by offering you, during the summer, original and varied activities: Venetian festivals, with fireworks, jazz, peaches.

In the town of Martigues, picturesque fishing villages like Carro, and carriers like La Couronne, allow you to enjoy moments of relaxation by the sea or in the many small restaurants. Between the two is the plain of St Julien, agricultural and viticultural plain, you can taste the famous little rosé Côte de Provence to the wine cellar.

You can enjoy many dishes based on fish, bouillabaisse, bourride.

Geographical information

Tourism labels
Latitude43.4048110 (N 43° 24’ 17”)
Longitude5.0537280 (E 5° 3’ 13”)
Surface area71.44 km²
Population48266 inhabitants
Density675 inhabitants/km²
PrefectureMarseille (40 km, 32 min)
Insee code13056
IntercommunalityCA du Pays de Martigues
RegionProvence-Alps-French Riviera

Nearest cities & towns

Port-de-Bouc7.3 km (14 min)
Saint-Mitre-les-Remparts7.4 km (13 min)
Châteauneuf-les-Martigues11.2 km (18 min)
La Couronne12.2 km (18 min)
Sausset-les-Pins13.9 km (20 min)
Fos-sur-Mer14.2 km (18 min)
Istres15.9 km (20 min)
Ensuès-la-Redonne17.4 km (18 min)
Gignac-la-Nerthe17.7 km (19 min)
Marignane19.7 km (23 min)
Le Rove21 km (21 min)
Carry-le-Rouet22 km (20 min)
Saint-Victoret23 km (24 min)
Saint-Chamas25 km (30 min)

Things to see and do

Martigues, Gallo-Roman city: vestiges of this time in several places of the city and the surroundings.

The fort of Bouc: to get there, a boat shuttle takes you there.

The large park of Figuerolles is a place of relaxation, but also sports. There are mountain bike trails for all levels, pony rides for children, a small train ride to the edge of the pond, various hiking trails, climbing all levels, a pedagogical farm, etc.

The sandy beaches of the Crown and St. Croix on the Blue Coast, 20 minutes by car or bus. You can also practice water sports: windsurfing, boat, sailboat, surf. The Carro site is world famous for its surfing.

From Notre-Dame des Marins, you will have a panoramic view and a 360 ° view on Martigues, but also on the whole pond of Berre and its surroundings, you will even see the Sainte-Victoire!

Places of interest

Information points
Leisure centres
Natural sites
Performance halls

Events and festivities

Every Wednesday evening in July and August, craftsmen in the streets of Jonquière.

Feast of St Peter at the end of June.

Venetian festival in July.

World Folk Festival in July.

Deep sea fishing in August.


View of Martigues
View of Martigues
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The Pond of Berre in Martigues
The Pond of Berre in Martigues
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The Lighthouse of La Couronne
The Lighthouse of La Couronne
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View of Martigues
View of Martigues
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View of Marseille at the bottom
View of Marseille at the bottom
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Martigues flowers
Martigues flowers
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The viaduct
The viaduct
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The three boats symbolizing the three quarters of Martigues
The three boats symbolizing the three quarters of Martigues
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Thursday 19 october
Min. 17°C - Max. 23°C
Friday 20 october
Min. 17°C - Max. 24°C
Saturday 21 october
Min. 16°C - Max. 22°C

Visits, leisure and activities nearby

Leisure activities

Last nameActivity typeRateCity
Mucem: Skip-the-Line Ticket
Culture and education13 € Marseille (28 km)
Audio Guided Tour of Marseilles in a Convertible Mini – 2 hours
Culture and education55 € Marseille (28 km)
Discover the Corniche by convertible Mini – 2 hours 30 minutes
Entertainment65 € Marseille (28 km)
Audio Guided Tour of Marseilles in a Convertible Mini – 3 hours
Culture and education75 € Marseille (28 km)
Long Tour of Marseilles from a Convertible Mini – 4 hours
Culture and education95 € Marseille (28 km)


Last nameOuting typeDifficultyDurationDeparture municipality
tour of the historic mining center
HikeEasy4h20Gréasque (39 km)
Hiking and biking trails in Gréasque
Mountain bike itineraryEasy1h00Gréasque (40 km)
Route des Crêtes clifftop road and Cap Canaille
Car itineraryEasy1h30Cassis (44 km)
Courrejho (the courrée)
HikeEasy1h00Ménerbes (49 km)
Source of the Boulon, Baude Rocks
HikeIntermediate3h00Robion (49 km)


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