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Bouches du Rhône

From La Ciotat to Saintes Maries de la Mer, the Bouches du Rhône department is a land of treasures. As well as Marseille, it is home to Aix-en-Provence and Mont Sainte-Victoire, the Camargue, Arles, the Alpilles and Martigues. A land of deep Provencal roots, bordered by the Mediterranean, bathed in sunshine and cradled by cicadas in summer. Magnificent places, highlighted by Cézanne or Van Gogh, mouth-watering gastronomy, seductive towns and the deep blue sea, from creeks to beaches.

France's third most populous département, the Bouches du Rhône attracts large numbers of visitors every year thanks to its wild and varied landscapes and exceptional sunshine. The department's rich historical heritage and typical landscapes of garrigue-covered hills contribute to its strong identity, with authentic villages and living traditions. Museums, listed historic centres and festivals bear witness to the Provençal culture that Marcel Pagnol wrote about in his books.


Things to see and do

The Bouches du Rhône was born from the harmonious encounter of the elements: the fire of the sun, the water of the sea, the white limestone rocks sculpted by the impetuous mistral wind. The village of Les Baux-de-Provence embodies the charm and tourist appeal of the Alpilles, while the Camargue tells the story of the meeting of the Rhône and the Mediterranean Sea, with its rice fields and salt marshes.

  • Marseille and its creeks

  • Aubagne and the hills of Marcel Pagnol

  • Aix-en-Provence and the Mont Sainte-Victoire that inspired Cézanne

  • The Alpilles with Les Baux-de-Provence and Saint-Rémy

  • The Camargue with Arles and Les Saintes Marie de la Mer, the salt marshes, the manades, the great beaches...