Located between Marseille and Istres, the blue skies of Martigues reflect
the blue water that runs through it. Surrounded by calanques, the town lies on the banks of the Étang de Berre marshland and
is linked to the sea by the Chenal de Caroute. Traces of human occupation in the area have been found in what is now the Quartier
de l'Île, dating the town to the fifth century BC.
What to see and visit: a daily fish market in Carro; the archaeological museum (archaeology-graffiti-stone inscriptions); the Ziem gallery (paintings and sculptures); the ancient revolving bridge; the Chapelle de l’Annonciade; the Chapelle de Saint-Julien (an archaeological site); the Chapelle de Saint-Pierre (Oppidum); the Phare du Cap Couronne (tower, belfry, campanile)…
Recommended activities: water sports, fishing, horse riding, boat trips on the canals and out to sea, walking, cycling routes.