The charm of Istres lies in its historic downtown, pinewood landscape and the delightful banks of the Étang de L’Olivier. A city that loves its ferias and a city that loves water – Istres boasts plenty of cultural and sports activities throughout the year.
Between Aix and Arles lies Salon-de-Provence, a pleasant spot surrounded by scrubland, pinewood and olive groves with authentic farmers’ markets. Though it is known for the French Air Force Academy and the elite Patrouille de France flight squad, it also has a jazz institute and a more unusual school that trains shepherds.
Nicknamed the «Venice of Provence» because of its many bridges and canals, Martigues is perched on the water between the Mediterranean and the Étang de Berre (30 minutes from Istres), whose light has inspired many painters. It is the fourth-largest city in the department and has a theater that features nationally renowned shows.