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The Departement of Bouches du Rhone - Pop.: 43.591 h.

Between Salon de Provence (A7) and Martigues. West of the Etang de Berre.
Istres - City hall

Situated between Marseille and the Camargue, with three natural lakes in the vicinity (étang de Berre, l'Olivier and d'Entressen), Istres is an agreeable town offering a wide range of cultural and sporting activities.

Istres - Houses

Visitors will be captivated by the typical Provençal charm of the old district. Originally surrounded by ramparts, the town was built in an oval shape and its buildings slowly grew outwards...

Today it is a mix of bourgeois and more modest housing, set amongst pretty shaded squares.


While visiting Istres you will appreciate the colourful flower beds in the parks and avenues... do not miss the panaroramic view of the town and its surroundings from the church ND de Beauvoir.

Another fine view from the "oppidum du Castellan" of the "étang de l'Olivier" can also be seen.

Those who like sports can take advantage of the excellent sports facillities. You can practice your favourite sport here, or take up a new activity altogether...

What to see:

18th century "porte d'Arles". Notre Dame de Beauvoir church.
Chapel Saint-Sulpice. L'oppidum du Castellan.
Archeological museum (unique collection of amphores)
Contemporary art centre. Museum of Istres.

Leisure activities:

Water sports at the lakes, horse-riding, tennis,
swimming pool, squash, acquatic park,
bowling, golf (18-hole course at Miramas).
Hiking, (routes available from the tourist office), mountain bike hire.
Disco, cultural festivals, live music,shows and exhibitions throughout the year.


Gites - Holiday rentals.

Neighbouring cities and villages:

St Mitre les Remparts (8km), Fos sur Mer (8km), Miramas (9km), St Chamas (14km).

Istres - Statue Isctres - Old town Istres - Belfrey

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