Map of Bouches-du-Rhône

Welcome to Bouches-du-Rhône

Three ambiances filled with three different emotions - Marseille, a bustling city with a great cultural and ethnic mix, Arles and the Camargue with its wild untamed countryside, and Provence with a lifestyle all of its own.
This is an outstanding area offering a wide range of experiences - towns, countryside, culture, the sea, festivals, walking, arts and crafts, traditions, relaxation and a chance to meet other people.

List of towns

Wide open spaces

36 ROAD and the mosaic of Camargue

From Arles to Faraman beach, the D36 and surrounding little roads can be explored by car or bike. They lead you through a fascinating succession of scenery, from vineyards to farms, bull grazing land, salt marshes and seascapes.

The secrets of VIGUEIRAT

Forming part of the Camargue nature reserve, the Marais du Vigueirat salt marshes are home to an exceptional flora and fauna, together with woods, flooded meadows, wetlands and Camargue's largest protected reed bed.

The Côte Bleue COASTAL FOOTPATH

From the oceanic shores of La Couronne to the urban beach of Corbières in L’Estaque, the coastal footpath unveils the emblematic scenery of the Côte Bleue
coast and its succession of ochre fjords dotted with pine woods, set at the foot of arid hills.

The watery pleasures of ETANG DE BERRE

An inland sea spanning 155 sq. km between Marseille and Martigues, Étang de Berre lake offers up an astonishing blend of charming little ports, beaches, cliffs and coastal footpaths. Human activity is far less predominant here than you may think at first sight.

The ALPILLES, pure Provence and more

Alternating a sharp relief dotted with garrigue, the gentle slopes of the Vallée des Baux laden with vines and olive trees, the plains of Orgon and Saint-Rémy, and a string of hills bordering the Rhône valley, the light-filled Alpilles mountain chain offers an unforgettable voyage into Provence.

The magic of the CALES CAVE

The dense, hilly pine wood in the village of Lamanon harbours a site that is unique in France: the Calès caves. These ancient quarries were converted into around 116 lodgings and outbuildings to form a Troglodyte village, inhabited by 200 people in the Middle Ages!

Discovering the hills and LA TREVARASSE

The Provencal vineyards, dry hills and wooded slopes of the Basse-Provence hill chains offer magnificent vistas over the Luberon, Puyricard plateau, Sainte-Victoire mountain, Alpilles and plain of La Crau.

A constellation of walks on the "STAR"…

Marseille is encircled by an amphitheatre of mountains, one of the most famous being the Massif de l’Etoile to the North. Numerous walking itineraries, crossing garrigue and forests and leading to heart-stopping viewpoints, are available starting out from the city.

SAINTE-VICTOIRE the magnificent

Famed worldwide, the mountain portrayed over and over by Cézanne is a particularly memorable site. If you're travelling by car, a sightseeing itinerary leads you all the way around the mountain. Walking itineraries abound too.

The CONCORS on a mountain bike

Set between Sainte-Victoire mountain and the river Durance, the Massif du Concors is the forerunner of the higher mounts of the Alpes-de-Haute-Provence area. The public natural estates of La Sinne-Puits d’Auzon and Lambruisse offer mountain bikers an excellent variety of trails running between oak trees and dry garrigue.

GARLABAN, the spirit of Pagnol

Standing proudly over the town of Aubagne, the Garlaban hill chain is the star of this landscape. The chain is actually named after its summit. Marcel Pagnol made it his childhood playground, then the hunting ground for his inspiration. It is highly appreciated by walkers for its magical relief and typical garrigue.

The natural springs of the SAINTE-BAUME hills

The Huveaune and several other rivers spring from this majestic hill chain. The Sainte-Baume offers exceptional walking experiences for visitors to the Bouches-du-Rhône, among horizontal bars, spurs and peaks forming spectacular peaks.

The CONCORS on a mountain bike

Set between Marseille and Cassis, these fjords offer visitors a genuinely moving experience. One of Europe's most coveted rock climbing venues, they are an Eden for walkers (the GR 51 long-distance footpath passes here), and the kingdom of divers keen to admire their stunning sea beds.

EN VAU via La Gardiole

Out of the many walks you can enjoy in the Calanques fjords, this is one of the finest. The descent from the wooded valleys of the Massif is progressive, but the prize is just a step away: the emerald lagoon of Calanque d'En Vau – the pearl of the fjords!