Office de Tourisme d'Istres

Istres - Tourist office

One of the first ever flying schools was founded in 1917 near Istres, which is now mainly known for its air base and its test flight centre, rather than the oval layout of the steeply sloped old town and its very Provençal charm.
The former fortified entrances were demolished before the French Revolution, but the elegant Porte d’Arles gateway was built in the 18th century. The castle has disappeared; however, the town centre has been patiently restored and has a rather 16th century character.
The church of Notre-Dame de Beauvoir hangs over the town; it is a mixture of styles (Romanesque, Renaissance and 19th century). From the belvedere on its left-hand side, there is a fine view of the town and its approaches.
Located in a 17th century mansion, the Musée du Vieil Istres (Istres Local History Museum), particularly devoted to archaeology, has collections concerning local customs and crafts. It has also a splendid collection of remarkably conserved trademarks painted on amphoras - the “labels” of Roman merchants.
No visit would be complete without climbing up onto the Castellan oppidum, a former Celto-Ligurian fortress, to have a view over the Olivier Lagoon

  • Pets allowed
  • Accessible for disabled
  • Marque Tourisme et Handicap : Moteur
  • Marque Tourisme et Handicap : Visuel
  • Marque Tourisme et Handicap : Auditif
  • Marque Tourisme et Handicap : Mental
  • Ville fleurie : 4 fleurs
  • Marque Qualité Tourisme

Information provided by OT Istres

Nearby

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    Craftsman

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  4. Oustau D'istryo

    Holiday rental

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Where to stay

Here and elsewhere
B&B

Here and elsewhere

Istres

Au coeur de la Provence, entre les Alpilles et les plages de la Côte Bleue, venez goûter au charme de nos chambres d'hôtes dans notre vaste propriété qui possède un charme bien à elle.C'est dans une ancienne bergerie restaurée , datant de la fin du XIXième siècle que se trouve la…

The Valley of the cicadas
Campsite

The Valley of the cicadas

Istres

Located between the Mediterranean Sea and the étang de Berre, Camping the Valley of cicadas is the ideal place to spend a holiday in the heart of Provence. Camping extends over 6 acres of oak woodlands and shady pinewoods, offering more than 100 locations in great comfort and 40 mobile homes for…

La Bartavelle
Holiday rental

La Bartavelle

Istres

Pretty restored ancient house, independent, Provencal style, on the hillside, on an open yard of 6000 sq.m. planted with olive trees. Rambling trails on site View on the pond. groundlevel house : kitchen (microwave, dishwahser). Large living-room (TV). 1 bedroom with a double bed. 2 bedrooms with…

La Berruguette
Holiday rental

La Berruguette

Istres

Gite adjoining the gîte 13G142 and an all-year rental, very pretty, in an ancient farmhouse in the country, on the edge of the Étang de l'Olivier. Groundfloor : living-room (sofa bed for 1 person)/kitchen, mictrowave, washing-machine, TV. First floor : 1 bedroom (1 double bed). 1 bedroom (2…

The House of Antoinette
B&B

The House of Antoinette

Istres

Lovely bed and breakfast with great dressing. Shower and wc in common.Beautiful terrace with a fountain. Access to the kitchen. Near the city centre.

Bed and breakfast in Trigance
B&B

Bed and breakfast in Trigance

Istres

Located in the heart of Provence, this beautiful suite of 65 m² with shower, will seduce you with its charm and its ideal location to visit Provence. 30 mn from Marseille, about 40 minutes from the Camargue, Aix-en-Provence, Avignon, 25 mn of the Blue Coast, Arles and the Alpilles, you will…

Résidence de vacances LES HEURES CLAIRES
Resort

Résidence de vacances LES HEURES CLAIRES

Istres

Nichés dans les pins, avec vue sur l'étang de Berre, le plus grand étang salé d'Europe avec ses 80 kms de littoral, 19 gîtes meublés pour 4/5 personnes accueillent toute l'année, particuliers, familles et groupes en pension complète, demi-pension ou location, en toute convivialité. 2…

Ariane
Hotel

Ariane

Istres

Located at Istres, in the new residential Parc de Trigance, Ariane hotel * knew how to combine comfort and refined elegance.The rooms spacious and soundproofed, heated pool and its concorde lounge make the hotel Ariane the privileged place to stay for business travellers, athletes, artists and…

M. Philippe Picard
B&B

M. Philippe Picard

Istres

C'est posé dans les près que vous trouverez le Mas du Bras d'Or, bastide centenaire rénovée par Philippe avec des matériaux anciens et décorée par Geneviève. A 5 min du coeur d'Istres, à 10 min de la mer, c'est entre la Côte Bleu, la Camargue et le Lubéron que vous pourrez découvrir…

Things to do

Domaine de Sulauze
Wines

Domaine de Sulauze

Miramas

Entre Miramas et Istres, un domaine qui raconte l'histoire de la Provence et de la plaine de la Crau. Rencontre avec un jeune couple de vignerons, soucieux de retour aux sources.

Etang de l'Olivier
Lake/Pond

Etang de l'Olivier

Istres

Etang de 220 hectares, à proximité immédiate du centre ville avec le Jet d'eau le plus haut de France, jaillissant à plus de 50 m. Son écosystème préservé est formé de roselières et de falaises de saffre qui abritent de nombreux oiseaux et poissons. Plan d'eau douce très poissonneux,…

Jean Hagopian
Producer

Jean Hagopian

Istres

Jean Hagopian, apiculteur récoltant, produits des miels variés entrant dans la composition de ses nougats : nougat noir (miel, amandes), nougat provençal (miel, amandes, orange) ou nougat blanc (au miel de lavande). Il propose également des bonbons fourrés au miel, au pollen de fleurs et de…

The factory
Cultural place

The factory

Istres

The factory is a concert hall in 466 m2 with a capacity of 1400 people and it is also a cafe-music of 300 people. One of the missions of the factory is to promote the creation, by putting at the disposal of the musicians, rehearsals 55 studios from 12 to 26 m2 cabins.

Girobike Provence
Outdoor leisure

Girobike Provence

Istres

Une nouvelle façon se déplacer et de se divertir seul , à deux ou en famille à Istres ! Toute l'année, les visiteurs pourront réserver l'activité de leur choix, sur place , par téléphone ou sur le site internet www.gyrobikeprovence.fr. Pour les plaisirs des petits et des grands, GYROBIKE…

Space 233
Cultural place

Space 233

Istres

The Space 233 is a cultural place of the city. Rehabilitated and developed in 2013 to improve the conditions of access, there is a Hall for performances, theatre performances, and of conferences.It allows for example to budding artists, amateurs or confirmed to occur before an audience.

Sulauze
Mountains

Sulauze

Istres, Miramas

The Massif de Sulauze is a small massif of around 2,470 acres in size, situated between Etang de Berre lake and Plaine de la Crau. This massif comprises a low-altitude plateau (46 to 118 m) rising gently southeastwards before descending sharply to the banks of Etang de l’Olivier and Etang de…

Brasserie de Sulauze
Producer

Brasserie de Sulauze

Istres

La Brasserie est installé dans une vieille bergerie de 300 ans, ou se trouve deux jeunes brasseurs autodidactes (Gui et Ju) qui brassent, en partie, grâce aux céréales et aux houblons cultivés en biodynamie sur le Domaine. Le but de la brasserie est d'utiliser la matière première local,…

The Coluche
Cultural place

The Coluche

Istres

Located in the city centre, cinema the Coluche inaugurated in 1993, offers 4 rooms from 70 to 192 seats, all equipped with DTS Digital sound in which one in DTS and SR/D. The comfortable club chairs, a wide space between the rows... The rooms have all of the specific accommodations for persons…

Where to eat

Le Serac
Cuisine de Provence

Le Serac

Istres

Jardin intérieur ombragé, Glacier artisanal, Crêperie. Exposition permanente de différents peintres et photographe

Sébastien Table
Food guide restaurant

Sébastien Table

Istres

A page turns and Sébastien Richard leaves his piano he has held since 1998 Antoine Letan-Martin already head chef from may 2014 at the Table of Sebastian.Both worked for the Bib Gourmand Award awarded by the Michelin Guide.Antoine will continue to surprise you with gourmet cuisine based on local…

Inspirations

Marcel Pagnol

Marcel Pagnol

Tradition

Everything you ever wanted to know about Marcel Pagnol!

Rosé

Rosé

Lifestyle

Finer by the year, Provence's rosés are chic, casual and loved by all

The MEDITERRANEAN SEA

The MEDITERRANEAN SEA

Lifestyle

When we talk about the South of France, what's the first thing we think of? The MEDITERRANEAN SEA! (and the sun of course – it's all part of the package).

Paul Cézanne

Paul Cézanne

The forerunner of modern art, Cézanne is fittingly celebrated today in his home town of Aix-en-Provence, magnificently portrayed in his work. For the last 40 years, this illustrious painter has been setting the pace for the region's artistic life.