Visit Cities and Villages in Bloom of Provence
Very engaged land, the Bouches-du-Rhone, listed «Department in Bloom» since 2013, have now 45 cities that proudly bear this distinction. But why visit a city or a village in bloom? This well-known sign at the entrance of cities seems to be outdated for you? Or maybe, you don’t like roundabouts in bloom?
You will change your mind. Cities and villages in bloom, now committed in an ecological approach, respect the environment by, for example, promoting green spaces arrangements, adapted to our dry climate, provide a friendly welcome to the visitors and try to promote urban spaces that invite you for a walk or for a meeting. In short, in order to discover some of these unmissable cities in bloom, we offer you walks, hikes, nature trails and heritage for a good breath of fresh and colorful air! From 1 to 4 flowers, have a walk from city to city and discover their charm.
The top : 4 flowers
Walk in Istres
Between city and nature… Stroll through the city's old town, discover the typical atmosphere of Provençal villages, wander the banks of the pond.
Landscapes in Martigues
Discover the Great Park of Figuerolles, a real invitation to discover our Mediterranean nature on foot, pony, with little train or in the trees!
Great Park of Figuerolles in Martigues, city 4 flowers
Garden in Istres, city 4 flowers
The perfection : 3 flowers
Walk in La Ciotat
«La voie douce»… Stroll and discover the Mediterranean flora and its heritage along the line of an old railway track.
Walk in Miramas
Between shadows and lights… An alliance of the modern architecture and the coolness of the water where the light used to play.
Walking route in Port de Bouc
Discover the forest of Castillon and the pond of Pourra… Three trails are available for the pleasure of old buildings, fauna, flora or beautiful landscapes lovers.
Miramas, « Entre Shadows & Lights », city 3 flowers
The village of Rognes, village 2 flowers
The charm : 2 flowers
Hike in Ceyreste
Great Caunet Massif : discover Fontblanche… Discover the forest of Ceyreste, one of the most beautiful pine forests of Aleppo pines in Bouches-du-Rhône.
Walk in Marignane
«Au fil de l'eau»... On foot or bicycle, a tour through the banks of a Mediterranean lagoon, of the pond of Bolmon and the coastal river, the Cadière.
Walk in Rognes
Wandering between stones and gardens... A tour in the heart of an amazing town: mesmerizing ambiance, quarries, terroir, landscape and heritage.
Walk in Meyreuil
The tip of Défens... Five kilometers will lead you to the top of the tip of Défens and its overlooking on sumptuous landscapes transformed by human activities.
Hike in Roquefort la Bédoule
The Chapel of St Andrew… A tour, on the GR98, famous in Provence for its beautiful scenic escapes, from the sea, mountains and vineyards to the chapel.
Hike in Gémenos
The path of Limbert… Reach a 360 degrees view: from the Blue Coast to Garlaban via the Sainte Baume, to the departmental park of the Saint Pons Valley, a cool haven.
Route «Au fil de l'eau» in Marignane, city 2 flowers
Ceyreste, village 2 flowers
Departmental park of the Saint Pons valley in Gémenos, city 2 flowers
The promise : one flower
Walk in Meyrargues
By the path… Discover some of twenty one paths of the old center that will take you from surprise to surprise that will not leave you indifferent.
On the traces of natural and historical heritage of Noves
The hills and the plain…
From church to chapel, from hills to points of view, you will stalk the streets, the paths and the historical symbols of the city.
In the lanes of Meyrargues, city one flower
The Chapel of Noves, city one flower
Focus : «Bouches-du-Rhône scenic itineraries»
«Bouches-du-Rhône scenic itineraries» is an initiative of Bouches-du-Rhône Tourisme to see the city and the village as a landscape: Highlight the paths and the streets, used every day, the alleys and the routes used by the family the week-end to realize some great real walks, appreciated by the residents and tourists. Download topos. They describe the route to follow to discover our cities and villages and to open the eyes on the beauty of their landscapes.
Flower market in Aix-en-Provence, city 3 flowers
Van Gogh Space in Arles, city 2 flowers
Fort Saint-Jean in Marseille, city 2 flowers
Our recommendations to fully enjoy the Nomadic European Biennial
Manifesta will take place for the first time in France, in Marseille from the 28th of August until the 29th of November 2020. The Nomadic European Biennial will also extend to the whole Region Sud. Enjoy an arty stay in Provence !
The "Sentier Provence, mines d'énergies" (Provence Energy Mine Trail) is a new GR® long-distance footpath crossing 14 towns in the Pays d’Aix and Pays d’Aubagne areas. The trail is divided into 3 itineraries (42 km, 45 km and 66 km) and also includes 13 local loops.
From the producer to the bag
What's the best thing to bring back from your holiday in Provence? And what souvenir from the South should we take if we're visiting friends or family elsewhere? We won't be offering you a classic little tour of the souvenir shops this time, so let's head off to meet the local producers and craftspeople instead!
" Place your bets ! "
Las Vegas, Monaco and Atlantic City are simply overrated. On the other hand, Carry-le-Rouet, Cassis, La Ciotat and Aix-en-Provence all have lots of sightseeing attractions - plus casinos!
To cater to this new generation of residents and tourists, we simply had to hunt down some on-point addresses: modern and offbeat, architectural and arty, never-before-seen and places to be seen.
Our pick of spas and wellness centres in Provence
we are giving you our top pick of addresses so you can enjoy some TLC everywhere you go in Provence!
Discover our guide to Provence's top craft beers is packed with local flavours, such as honey, lavender and chestnuts
Get a new angle on Port-Saint-Louis !
We set the date with Gérard Jourdan, a honey producer based in Auriol, who can't wait to introduce us to his job and passion for bees...
Special itineraries and guides for touring the Bouches-du-Rhône by bike!
Time to eat outside
Picnics are a great way to escape from routine and spend some quality time with friends, family or your partner. Whether you opt for the seaside, a park or vineyard, they are an ode to simple pleasures and sharing.