The Berre lagoon

Vitrolles, Châteauneuf les Martigues, Saint Victoret, Martigues, Marignane, Gignac la Nerthe, Istres, Rognac, Berre l'Etang, Saint Chamas, Miramas, Saint Mitre les Remparts - Lake/Pond

This lagoon covers 15,500 hectares, and its 75 km shoreline is quite charming.
Surrounded by low limestone hills, it receives fresh water from the Rivers Arc and Touloubre and the canal from the EDF hydroelectric power station. It is connected to the sea by the Caronte canal and Le Rove canal.
The area has always been a place of human settlement, as shown by the archaeological digs of Saint-Blaise, Flavian’s Bridge, the mediaeval town of Miramas-le-Vieux and the 17th century town walls of Port-de-Bouc. From the end of the 19th century, the traditional economy based on wine, olives, peaches and salt mining was overturned by industrialization.
There is a clear distinction between the northern and southern parts of the area: the south and south-east have sacrificed a lot to industrialization, while the north and north-west have retained a more traditional character, with pinewoods and crops.

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  • Surrounding cities

    Berre l'Etang
    Châteauneuf les Martigues
    Gignac la Nerthe
    Istres
    Marignane
    Martigues
    Miramas
    Rognac
    Saint Chamas
    Saint Mitre les Remparts
    Saint Victoret
    Vitrolles

Outings

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

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

Châteauneuf les Martigues

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.…

La Forêt de Castillon
Walk

La Forêt de Castillon

Port de Bouc, Saint Mitre les Remparts, Fos sur Mer

Située entre l'Etang de Berre et le Golfe de Fos, la forêt de Castillon représente un espace naturel exceptionnel. Riche en flore méditerranéenne, peuplé de nombreuses espèces d'oiseaux migrateurs ou sédentaires, il est entouré par quatre étangs : de Pourra, de Lavalduc, de Citis et…

Nearby

  1. Marina Plage

    Campsite

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  2. Camping le Jai

    Campsite

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  3. Etap Hôtel Marignane Aéroport

    Hotel

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  4. Chefs en Provence

    Table 13

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Where to stay

Marina Plage
Campsite

Marina Plage

Vitrolles

Camping 3 étoiles, idéal pour famille avec enfants. Les animations sont gratuites, nombreuses, et certaines exceptionnelles : promenade à dos de dromadaire et de poneys, parcs d'animaux domestiques du monde, manège, ballades en sulkys, pédalos, canoës, mini planches surf, jeux d'enfants,…

Camping le Jai
Campsite

Camping le Jai

Marignane

Camping ombragé situé en front de plage du Jaï (labellisée pavillon bleu depuis 2016. A proximité immédiate d'un site naturel classé (etang de Bolmon et cordon dunaire du Jaî) Nombreuses activités comme ping-pong, baby-foot, billard, pêche, parc de jeux d'enfants... Le camping détient…

Etap Hôtel Marignane Aéroport
Hotel

Etap Hôtel Marignane Aéroport

Marignane

L'hôtel est idéalement situé à seulement 400 m de l'aéroport. Ibis budget Marignane aéroport est le point de départ idéal pour partir à la découverte de la cité phocéenne et de ses environs. L'hôtel est équipé du Wi-Fi et dispose d'une navette gratuite de 5h à minuit.

Things to do

Ciné 89
Cultural place

Ciné 89

Berre l'Etang

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The Berre lagoon
Lake/Pond

The Berre lagoon

Vitrolles, Châteauneuf les Martigues, Saint Victoret, Martigues, Marignane, Gignac la Nerthe, Istres, Rognac, Berre l'Etang, Saint Chamas, Miramas, Saint Mitre les Remparts

This lagoon covers 15,500 hectares, and its 75 km shoreline is quite charming. Surrounded by low limestone hills, it receives fresh water from the Rivers Arc and Touloubre and the canal from the EDF hydroelectric power station. It is connected to the sea by the Caronte canal and Le Rove canal.…

Club Nautique Marignanais
Nautical leisure

Club Nautique Marignanais

Marignane

Equipement : bureau d'accueil, vestiaires. Activités : Ecole, centre de voile. Les moniteurs vous proposent Voile découverte (Initiation, perfectionnement-Laser-Optimist- Planche à voile). Voile Passion (Catamaran, Fun Board). Ecole de Sport (entrainement, régates) et Voile Libre. Stage sans…

Where to eat

Chefs en Provence
Table 13

Chefs en Provence

Marignane

In the sky above, the rumble of departing planes, on your plate below, a true taste of the south. Welcome to Marseille-Provence Airport, where Autogrill and the Aix organisation "La Villa des Chefs" have launched a pioneering gastronomic experiment: every season, a Michelin-starred chef is…

Inspirations

Marcel Pagnol

Marcel Pagnol

Tradition

Everything you ever wanted to know about Marcel Pagnol!

La pétanque

La pétanque

This sport (yes, Pétanque is a sport, but we'll talk about that later) is an intrinsic part of life in Marseille and has been from generation to generation!

Every quarter has its own boules court and/or boules association, including, of course, a watering hole...

The cicada

The cicada

The sun's rays are warming you through the pine trees, but you will not know if the summer is here until you hear THE CICADAS!

Between Bad Boys and Mia... Rap in Marseille

Between Bad Boys and Mia... Rap in Marseille

Thanks to the huge success of bands such as IAM and La Fonky Family, Marseille has earned its status as one of France's foremost rap capitals. Hoisted to heritage status in this city known for its gift of the gab, the movement has propelled a new generation of signature names to the front of the scene: the heirs have arrived.