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.

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Diary  (651)  : Arts, Sport, Traditions, Markets... The Cream of the Events Calendar

Our selection : Festivals, markets, local festivities, “must see” events.

Accomodation  (2699)  : B&B, hotels, self-catering, campsites etc. Sweet dreams!

Our selection : Graded hotels, accredited holiday lets and B&B’s, graded campsites etc. Great accommodation to ensure that you get the very best for your holiday.

Holidays & guided tours  : Make your holidays a success with our 100% Bouches-du-Rhône packages

Our selection : Breaks and activities you can book directly online.

Heritage  (215)  : Museums, historic buildings and gardens - Not to be missed

Our selection : The most outstanding and easy-to-reach beauty spots and museums, symbols of our locality and our history, “must-see” villages and superb gardens. Everything you need to keep you on the right track and make sure you see the essentials without missing the unusual and the antique.

Environment  (81)  : Forests, creeks etc. Breathtaking beauty spots by the dozen!

Our selection : Beauty spots that you absolutely must see or explore, conservation areas, local estates laid out by the Bouches-du-Rhône “county council”, urban parks.

Attention : Entre le 1er juin et le 30 septembre l’accès aux massifs forestiers est réglementé pour votre sécurité et la préservation des sites sensibles. Avant de suivre vos «envies de balade», renseignez-vous.

- Mountains


Le Garlaban

"A signposted footpath through the Mediterranean forest leads walkers to the Garlaban hill chain next to Aubagne, rising to an altitude of 710 metres. Don't miss the delightful ""Pagnol"" itinerary down from La Treille. This guided walk (in fact a choice of three walks is available according to your ability), reveals Pagnol's film locations and main childhood landmarks.

A major meeting is organised every year on the Sunday following April 18th – the anniversary of Pagnol's death. Aubagne also pays tribute to this memorable Provençal artist with a fascinating yearly fair staged by the town's ""santon"" figurine makers, attracting around 100,000 visitors. Access to the hills is generally prohibited in July and August. Highest points: Le Taoumé (667 metres), home to the famous Grosibou grotto (owl scene in which Marcel Pagnol and Lili are terrified) and Garlaban (715 m).

Surrounding cities :
Roquevaire, Allauch, La Destrousse, Cadolive, Mimet, Simiane Collongue, Peypin, Bouc Bel Air, Septèmes les Vallons, Les Pennes Mirabeau, Plan de Cuques, Saint Savournin, Marseille, Aubagne

Conditions of access

Access to the site

In summer, the countryside is more at risk from fire. So, to protect walkers and beauty spots, access to forested areas is regulated depending on weather conditions from 1st June to 30th September. You may “feel like a walk” but phone 0811 20 13 13 before you set out. Every day, you can fi nd out whether the place in which you want to walk is accessible all day, open in the mor ning only or completely closed. The information on the voice server is available in French and English.

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Crafts  (47)  : A selection of craftsmen and women who open their studios to the public

Our selection : Professionals who love what they do, unrivalled experts in their field who enjoy having a really good chat with visitors about their arts and crafts.
(all visited by the Tourist Board)

Local Producers  (153)  : Wines, olives, cheese etc. A selection of addresses for food lovers

Our selection : Local produce, from Bouches-du-Rhône of course. Mouthwatering, without a doubt. Enjoy it on the spot or take it home with you.
(all visited by the Tourist Board)

Water Sports  (118)  : Beaches, Kayaking, Sailing, Rowing, Gliding sports etc. All the fun of water sports!

Our selection : Registered schools or friendly instructors providing technical expertise and quality equipment will take you to some fabulous beauty spots without damaging the coastline (all visited by the Tourist Board). Then, of course, there are the beaches with visitor amenities and lifeguards in attendance.

Outdoor Recreation  (48)  : Equestrian centres, nature reserves, eco-museums, local guides

Our selection : Leisure activities in the great outdoors; such as trekking with mountain guides, climbing with qualified instructors, horse-riding at centres certified by the Camargue regional nature reserve or Tourisme & Handicap, eco-museums and nature interpretation centres.

Scenic Routes  (124)  : Itineraries and excursions on foot, by bike, by car or by bus

Our selection : Outings in the Provence region and itineraries to suit all tastes. Ideas for family outings in the car, free-to-download hiking and cycling routes for all levels, all-day or one-hour mountain-biking trails in the Camargue national park, discovering downtown Marseille or getting out in nature.

Other Activities  (57)  : Ranches in Camargue, Golf courses, Theme Parks

Our selection : Golf and mini-golf courses, herds of the Camargue Regional Nature Park, leisure parks, forest adventure parks, animal parks, planetariums, discovery and educational farms.

Restaurants  (330)  : Great food, whatever your style

Our selection : The best restaurants in the Provence region, Marseille and Camargue. Come and discover these restaurants selected by at least one of the four main French restaurant guides (Michelin, Gault Millau, Champérand or Bottin Gourmand) as well as those with the “Tourisme & Handicap” label. From January onwards, discover the “tables 2013”, a selection of 200 Marseille-Provence 2013 signature restaurants.

Tourist Services  (189)  : all the local addresses for assistance and information

Our selection : all the local addresses for assistance and information

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