Martigues Explained

Martigues (Occitan (post 1500): Lo Martegue in classical norm, Lou Martegue in Mistralian norm) is a commune in the southeastern part of France, to the northwest of Marseille. It is part of the Bouches-du-Rhône département and lies in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur région on the eastern end of the Canal de Caronte. In the 2006 census, Martigues had a population of 47,056.


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

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