Martigues is an excellent compromise between city, farms, scrubland and the sea. It is nicknamed the «Venice of Provence» because of its canals, bridges and charmingly colorful buildings. Its many marinas (1,600 slots) and dry ports (1,400 slots) will win over boating enthusiasts. Meanwhile, the beaches and inlets of the Côte Bleue will delight anyone who loves the sea and water sports.
Istres, on the banks of the Étang de l’Olivier, is a large body of water with shore improvements located at the midpoint between Aix and Marseille. Istres is a dynamic city with many sports facilities and a thriving cultural scene.