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The "Porte d’Arles" gives us direct access to the historical centre, which is well worth a visit.
I suggest starting by the Tourist Office. This decidedly contemporary building reflects the spirit of the town at the crossroads of tradition and modernity.
We will do a little shopping and then take a cultural and gourmet break.
We will take a quiet stroll in the Etang de l’olivier gardens before going the other side to the Etang de Berre for a bite to eat.

La suite Office du tourisme

30 Allée Jean Jaurès 13800 Istres

The town’s Tourist Office provides tourist information, and much more besides.
"La Suite" is a souvenir shop, a space dedicated to traditional and local products. Here artisanal production is highlighted: you can buy genuine Marseille soap with complete confidence, canned sardines, Camargue salt, everything you need for a Provencal aperitif and lots of other items, such as accessories for the Feria festival.

Les Frous Frous de Zoé

15 Boulevard Léon Jouhaux 13800 Istres

Here at Zoé’s shop you will find clothes, trinkets and other frivolities!
The boutique is tucked away in a street a short distance from the old town centre but is very well known, especially by the girls! It is a little like Ali Baba’s cave, overflowing with costume jewellery and accessories. The ready-to-wear section is mainly devoted to designer clothing. You must like bright colours and knick-knacks…otherwise you should keep walking!

Marius Bernard

192 Route du Loir 13250 Saint-Chamas

Marius Bernard is "a delightful smelling factory”! It’s easy to find, just follow your nose!
We will finish our journey at the Marius Bernard fine food shop.
This Provencal factory has been making good food for almost 60 years. We have all tried Marius’ delicious black tapenade and, without doubt, his famous ratatouille and fish soup. This is a working cannery that sells its products directly from the factory.

Le Quillé

Place du Château 13140 Miramas-le-Vieux

After wandering around the étang de Berre, we will stop at the village of Miramas le Vieux.
To contemplate the uninterrupted view over the lake, we must first traverse the ruins of the ancient castle. In my opinion the best place to enjoy the view is from the terrace of the famous ice cream maker Le Quillé. They have been making delicious ice creams since 1982. It is difficult to choose from the 52 flavours, but I love the association of flavours in the lavender-honey-nougat and olive oil ice cream.

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