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Saint-Martin-de-Crau - Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Bouches-du-Rhône

Geographical information

Tourism label
Latitude43.6386280 (N 43° 38’ 19”)
Longitude4.8121070 (E 4° 48’ 44”)
AltitudeFrom 2m to 447m
Surface area214.87 km²
Population13891 inhabitants
Density64 inhabitants/km²
PrefectureMarseille (47 mi, 46 min)
Insee code13097
IntercommunalityCA d'Arles-Crau-Camargue-Montagnette
RegionProvence-Alps-French Riviera

Nearest cities & towns

Mouriès5.8 mi (12 min)
Paradou6.3 mi (14 min)
Maussane-les-Alpilles6.4 mi (13 min)
Les Baux-de-Provence8.8 mi (19 min)
Aureille10.3 mi (17 min)
Fontvieille10.5 mi (20 min)
Arles11.1 mi (17 min)
Saint-Rémy-de-Provence12.1 mi (25 min)
Miramas12.3 mi (19 min)
Fourques13.4 mi (19 min)
Eygalières14.5 mi (29 min)
Eyguières14.7 mi (20 min)
Saint-Chamas14.8 mi (24 min)
Saint-Étienne-du-Grès14.9 mi (26 min)
Grans15 mi (20 min)

Things to see and do

Museum of the Crau : Through educational panels, animated films, slide shows, archaeological objects and multimedia terminals, the exhibition addresses the major issues Crau territory, natural heritage of this Mediterranean steppe, and conservation missions CEN PACA and Agricultural Chamber of the Bouches-du-Rhône, co managers Nature Reserve coussouls Crau. Will culminate, an animated film directed by Eric Serre.

National Nature Reserve of Coussouls of Crau Plain of Crau is a semi- arid steppe 60 000 ha located at the gates of Arles, between the Alpilles and the Mediterranean. This steppe, also called " Coussoul " is covered with pebbles deposited by the Durance in his former delta for millions of years. On the barren appearance, this steppe plant houses a unique association in the world and fauna whose richness and composition have no equivalent in France. This is the only one of Sandgrouse breeding site in the country. Poorly understood and often considered a great barren steppe, the plain of the Crau, threatened by various development projects has almost disappeared. The outstanding features of this vast natural area lead Conservatory of natural areas in Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur to show interest in the 70s and to work for its preservation through various protection tools. CEN PACA and Hall Saint-Martin-de-Crau create, in 1987, the Ecomuseum, to raise awareness and enhance the natural and human heritage of the Crau. After years of consultation, the National Nature Reserve Coussouls Crau was created in 2001 by ministerial decree. She is co-managed since 2004 by the CEN PACA and Agricultural Chamber of the Bouches-du-Rhône, ensuring long-term protection of 7,500 acres of coussouls. An interpretive trail, " the Draille of Coussouls " also called " Skin Meau ", located in the heart of the Reserve, to discover the Crau.

Places of interest

Information points
Natural sites
Performance halls

Events and festivities

Exhibition: Corinne Domenge, Annick Ricci, Evelyne Biausser
Presentation of the 2019/2020 Season
European Orchestral Meetings of Young Guitarists


National Nature Reserve of the Crau Coussouls
National Nature Reserve of the Crau Coussouls
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Écomusée Crau
Écomusée Crau
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Saturday 27 may
Min. 17°C - Max. 27°C
Sunday 28 may
Min. 16°C - Max. 24°C
Monday 29 may
Min. 13°C - Max. 23°C

Visits, leisure and activities nearby

Leisure activities

Last nameActivity typeRateCity
Visit the Manade des Chanoines ranch
Nature and the great outdoors12 € to 18 € Arles (5.1 mi)
Visit a Manade herd and see a horse show
Entertainment8 € to 18 € Arles (7.9 mi)
Discover a bull and horse ranch in the Camargue
Nature and the great outdoors7 € to 36 € Arles (9.4 mi)
Strolling in the lavender fields and discovering the hilltop villages from Arles
Nature and the great outdoors65 € Arles (9.5 mi)
Provençal excursion from Arles: discover the lavender fields and the hilltop villages
Entertainment115 € Arles (9.5 mi)


Last nameOuting typeDifficultyDurationDeparture municipality
The tour of Port Saint Louis du Rhône - The city where the earth is show
HikeEasy6h45Port-Saint-Louis-du-Rhône (17.6 mi)
Source of the Boulon, Baude Rocks
HikeIntermediate3h00Robion (21 mi)
Robion - Maubec
HikeIntermediate3h00Robion (21 mi)
From the Spring to the Venice of Provence
Cycling itineraryEasy2h00L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue (23 mi)
Courrejho (the courrée)
HikeEasy1h00Ménerbes (24 mi)


Bed & breakfasts

Vacation rentals



Your holidays
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