Etang de Berre - Chateauneuf les Martigues, Patafloux, Barlatier, Les Paluns

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Where else but Camargue could you see such a maze of marshy landscapes? This 7 km flat and easy waterside walk along Etang de Bolmon lake, whose south bank twins with Etang de Berre lake, is a genuine geography lesson, where natural wet zones and human installations live happily side by side. Bolmon lake is a fragile environment bordering the Canal of Marseille: the ancient route to the Rhône river used by thousands of barges. Its astonishing "boat garages" were dug into the bed to facilitate sailing on the canal. This site is also home to the famous marshes of Barlatier and Paluns, where visitors can enjoy observing ducks, mallards, avocets, herons and ospreys according to the season.

Parking Patafloux

Châteauneuf les Martigues

Après la barrière suivez le chemin entre des cannes de Provence jusqu'au panneau d'information “Patafloux -
Barlatier ".

Bifurcation

Châteauneuf les Martigues

Prenez le chemin à gauche qui s’enfonce dans un bosquet de pins d’Alep majestueux. Suivez le chemin jusqu’au bord du canal Marseille au Rhône, tournez à droite et suivez le chemin qui borde la darse. Jusqu’à la prochaine bifurcation.

Tête de darse

Châteauneuf les Martigues

Tournez à gauche où un panneau indique le marais du Barlatier. Après environ 400 m, le chemin se divise en deux. Les deux chemins suivent le terrain en parallèle. Prenez le chemin de gauche.

Observatoire Le Barlatier

Châteauneuf les Martigues

Encore environ 100 m, et vous pouvez rejoindre à votre gauche l’observatoire du Barlatier. En quittant l’observatoire du Barlatier reprenez le chemin à votre droite, poursuivez ce chemin sur environ 1000 m.

Observatoire Les Paluns

Châteauneuf les Martigues

Au panneau “Observatoire Les Paluns” prenez le chemin à droite. Il suit pendant 300 m un canal avant arriver à l’observatoire. Après une halte dans l’observatoire, faites demi-tour.

Parking Station d’épuration de Marignane

Châteauneuf les Martigues

Retrouver après 300 m, l’endroit où vous avez quitté le chemin initial. A cet endroit poursuivez le chemin à droite ou retournez au parking “Patafloux” en prenant le chemin à gauche. Vous pouvez poursuivre le chemin à votre droite sur environ 750 m jusqu’au parking près de la station d’épuration de Marignane. Le chemin longe le canal Marseille au Rhône. De ce parking jusqu’au parking “Patafloux” comptez pour un retour direct environ 2800 m.

Information provided by Provence Tourisme

  • Organiser

    Provence Tourisme

    Le Montesquieu
    13 rue Roux de Brignoles

    13006 Marseille

  • Transport means

    On foot

  • Distance

    6.5km

  • Duration

    2 to 3hrs

  • Level

    Beginner

  • Tour language

    French

  • Phone

    • 04 91 13 84 13
  • Fax

    04 91 33 01 82

  • Website

  • Download topo map

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