Martigues, also known as Provençal Venice, has attracted and inspired many painters and moviemakers. It is located in the Bouches-du-Rhône department, between the Étang de Berre and the Mediterranean coast, and visitors appreciate its rich natural heritage. In summer, the beaches of Martigues such as the Beach of La Couronne and the Beach of Sainte Croix are really popular. Nature lovers can also go to the Grand Parc de Figuerolles—Paul Lombard to enjoy outdoor activities. If you feel like hiking and discovering the landscapes of Martigues, follow the marked path of the coastline. If you keep walking along the coast, you will be able to go to nearby tourist destinations such as Sausset-les-Pins and Carry-le-Rouet.
Visit, alone or with a guide, the city center and the district of the Isle, a real little paradise. The flowered canals and moored boats offer an idyllic setting for a meal on the terrace of a restaurant. Take this opportunity to taste the specialties of the region.
During your holidays in Martigues, don’t forget to visit the monuments which are part of the cultural heritage of the town such as the chapel of Sainte Croix, the Notre Dame des Marins chapel, etc. If you are an art lover go to the Musée Ziem to admire the works temporarily on display such as those of Paul Signac, Auguste Rodin or Camille Claudel.
Throughout the year, the town comes alive and festive events are organized to honor traditions and bring tourists and locals together. Among the most famous are, La Soirée Vénitienne (Venetian Evening), La Fête de la Mer et de l’Étang (Sea and Pond Festival), La Course Pédestre Martigues – Carro (Pedestrian Race), and the night-time show of Strolls in the Mirror.