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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    Etang de Berre

  • 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

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