Martigues Explained

Martigues
Region:Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur
Department:Bouches-du-Rhône
Arrondissement:Istres
Canton:Martigues-Est and Martigues-Ouest
Insee:13056
Postal Code:13500
Mayor:Gaby Charroux
Term:2008 - 2014
Intercommunality:Ouest de l'Étang de Berre
Longitude:5.0475
Latitude:43.4053
Elevation M:1
Elevation Min M:0
Elevation Max M:187
Area Km2:71.44
Population:46471
Population Date:2008

Martigues (in classical norm, Lou Martegue in Mistralian norm) is a commune northwest of Marseille. It is part of the Bouches-du-Rhône department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region on the eastern end of the Canal de Caronte.

A direct translation from the Martigues Tourisme[1] Website reveals the following about Martigues:

Nicknamed the "Provençale Venice", Martigues is a point of passage between the Mediterranean Sea and the Sea of Martigues (now Etang de Berre), close to the Côte d'Azur. The charm of its canals, its docks and bridges made it "The Venice of Provence". Martigues possesses also its cooperative winery "La Venise provençale": Coteaux d'Aix en Provence, rosé, red and white wines, fruit juices and natural oils in the region. Main varietals: Grenache, Syrah, Cinsault, Carignan, Clairette.

History

Martigues was founded by Ramon Berenguer IV, count of Provence in 1232 on the likely site of the Roman camp Maritima Avaticorum.

Transport

The Gare de Martigues railway station is served by regional trains between Miramas and Marseille.

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Notes and References

  1. http://www.martigues-tourisme.com/venise-martigues.htm Martigues-Tourisme Official Website