Istres : les jardins de l'Etang

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A stone's throw from the city centre, this route you trained, in the middle of the wild Mediterranean flora or mastered, on the history of Istres. Dominate the pond of the Olivier from the Hill of the Castellan and admire the highest jet of water from France, 50 m! Since the Gallic the Castellan was inhabited. You will find pathways to orinieres, the rock inscriptions... The past is beneath your feet! Moments later, you will find the edge of the water where the Provencal engage in their typical sports: bocce, jousting and galejades! The rest of the ride will take you to the Mediterranean garden. Real iron spearhead of our four flowers in the contest of cities and villages fleuris, this garden has more than a hundred different species of Mediterranean vegetation. Before departing remember to the chapel of Saint-Sulpice, dated to the 11th century, it is the symbol of Provençal Romanesque architecture.Amateur history, flora or relaxation... do not choose between your passions, this course combines them all!

Garden Sainte Catherine

Parking Sainte Catherine Chemin Du Castellan 13800 Istres

Traversez le parc et prendre à droite en longeant l'étang de l'Olivier. Une fois passé le nouvel hôtel de ville, empruntez les marches sur votre droite en continuant de monter au plus près des falaises de Safre.

Colline du Castellan


Arrivée en face du ball-trap, tournez sur votre droite. Puis continuez tout droit en longeant le bord de la colline. Après 200m environ, prendre sur la gauche en suivant le balisage et monter sur le point culminant de la colline du Castellan.

Point culminant du Castellan


Arrivée au sommet, pour redescendre contourner la pente raide en prenant sur votre droite. Puis 10m plus bas directement sur votre gauche. Continuez tout droit et au niveau des bancs de repos, prendre le chemin sur votre droite.

Promenade du Général De Gaulle


Après 100m environ sur le chemin, descendez sur la gauche pour récupérer le chemin du bord de l'étang.
Partir sur votre gauche et longez les rives aménagées. Vous passerez le nouvel hôtel de ville, le ponton et l'esplanade Charles de Gaulle puis les terrains de pétanque.

Chemin de la Pujeade


En laissant le jet d'eau derrière vous, quittez la rocade du bord de l'étang pour emprunter le sentier ombragé qui se trouve totalement sur votre gauche. Remontez le long du canal d'irrigation et prenez les escaliers pour rejoindre le chemin de la pujeade. En haut, prendre sur la gauche et descendre le chemin.

Jardin Méditerranéen


Après environ 300m, en descendant tournez à droite pour entrer dans le jardin méditerranéen. Dans le jardin, prenez la face haute en montant les 1ers escaliers sur votre gauche.

Chapel of Saint Sulpice

Chemin De Tivoli 13800 Istres

Quittez le jardin méditerranéen en descendant par les escaliers pour vous diriger vers la Chapelle Saint Sulpice. Longez le cimetière, un escalier descend sur votre gauche qui permet de rejoindre le kiosque et le square Marie Mauron. En bas, vous pouvez rejoindre le parc Sainte Catherine.

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