Bouches-du-Rhone places to visit and attractions

Below you can explore some of the most popular highlights and places of interest in the Bouches-du-Rhone department of Provence. See also our Bouches-du-Rhone travel guide.


photo of Aix-en-Provence

The vibrant town of Aix-en-Provence is a traditional Provence town, with many museums and sites of interest, and a very leasant town to visit

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photo of Arles

The roman amphitheatre and the traditional pastel-painted houses in the historic centre make Arles a very pleasant town to explore

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photo of Aubagne

The small market town of Aubagne is best known for its association with Marcel Pagnol, the famous French author

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photo of Baux-de-Provence

The village of Baux-de-Provence is small but exceptionally picturesque, and has beautiful views across the Provencal countryside. Unmissable!

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Calanques at Marseille

photo of Calanques at Marseille

The white cliffs of the Calanques de Marseille plunging into the deep blue sea make it one of our favourite coastlines in France

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photo of Camargue

The Camargue region of marhes, with flamingoes and semi-wild horses and an unusual natural environment, make it very popular with nature lovers

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Carrières de Lumières in Baux-de-Provence

photo of Carrières de Lumières in Baux-de-Provence

The Carrieres de Lumieres is a sound and light spectacle based around famous artists works, in the village of Les Baux-de-Provence

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photo of Carry-le-Rouet

Slightly outside the main Riviera, the beaches and coastal paths of Carry-le-Rouet are very popular due to their proximity to Marseille

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photo of Cassis

The harbour area of Cassis, its beach and proximity to the Calanques de Marseille all help ensure the popularity of Cassis

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Château des Baux-de-Provence

photo of Château des Baux-de-Provence

The Château des Baux-de-Provence is a remarkable ruined castle above the village of Les Baux-de-Provence, with amazing views across the Alpilles

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photo of Fontvieille

This town near Arles has a small historic centre to explore when you are passing

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La Ciotat

photo of La Ciotat

The attractive harbour and numerous chapels in the old town are the main attraction in La Ciotat

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photo of Marseille

Marseille is perhaps not a tourist town but is one of the most vibrant and exciting port towns in France

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photo of Martigues

The harbour area and quaint fishermen cottages is the principal attraction in the large town of Martigues

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Route des Cretes

photo of Route des Cretes

The Route des Cretes between Cassis and La Ciotat is a beautiful route in Provence along the highest sea cliffs in France

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photo of Saint-Remy-de-Provence

The historic monuments here are a testament to St-Remy-de-Provence's claim to be one of the oldest towns in France, and the time that Van Gogh spent here is also celebrated

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photo of Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer

On the edge of the Camargue region, Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer is a very pleasant coast town well known for its gypsy festival

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photo of Salon-de-Provence

The castle and Collegiale church of Saint-Laurent are among the principal places of interest in Salon-de-Provence

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photo of Tarascon

Tarascon is a pleasant town with a substantial castle on the Rhone river, well placed for exploring the region around Arles and Avignon

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For more information see the Bouches-du-Rhone guide


Market towns & days in Bouches-du-Rhone

all markets in morning unless otherwise stated

Aix-en-Provence: every day except Sunday
Allauch: Wednesday
Arles: Wednesday & Tuesday & Saturday & Friday
Aubagne: Tuesday & Thursday & Sunday & Saturday & Friday
Auriol: Thursday & Saturday
Berre-l'Etang: Thursday & Sunday
Bouc-Bel-Air: Sunday
Carnoux-en-Provence: Thursday & Saturday
Carry-le-Rouet: Tuesday & Friday
Cassis: Wednesday & Friday
Chateauneuf-les-Martigues: Friday
Chateaurenard: Sunday
Eygalieres: Friday
Eyguieres: Tuesday
Fontvieille: Monday & Friday
Fos-sur-Mer: Wednesday & Saturday
Fuveau: Thursday & Monday
Gardanne: Wednesday & Sunday & Friday
Istres: Tuesday & Friday
Jouques: Sunday
La Ciotat: Tuesday & Sunday
Lambesc: Friday
Mallemort: Friday
Marignane: Tuesday & Thursday & Saturday
Marseille: every day
Martigues: Wednesday & Sunday & Saturday

Selected tourist attractions in the Bouches-du-Rhone department

The following sites have received official "tourist classifications"...

Zoo or wildlife park

Zoo de La Barben

4* Towns in Bloom


Martigues: Tourist guide

Towns of Art and History

Arles: Tourist guide

Marseille: Tourist guide

Theme Park

OK Corral

Sites of Natural Beauty

Cap Canaille

Parc du Mugel

Secteur Sauvegardé (protected historical town centre)

Aix-en-Provence: Tourist guide

Arles: Tourist guide

Listed 'Remarkable Gardens'

Jardin aquatique « Aux fleurs de l'eau

Jardin d'Albertas

Jardin d'Eguilles

Jardin de l'Alchimiste

Jardin de la Magalone

Parc Borély

Parc du 26e Centenaire

Parc Longchamp

Parc municipal du Mugel

Religious Monuments

Abbaye de Silvacane (La Roque-d'Antheron)

Abbaye Notre Dame de Montmajour (Arles)

Eglise et cloitres de Saint Trophime, Eglise de Saint-Honorat des Alycamps (Arles)

Regional Natural Parcs


Camargue: Tourist guide

towns classified as Recommended Detours

Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer: Tourist guide

National Monuments

Chateau d'If


Montmajour Abbey

Villages classified as "most beautiful villages"

Baux-de-Provence: Tourist guide

UNESCO world heritage sites

Arles église St Honorat (monuments on French pilgrim routes): Tourist guide

Roman Arles: Tourist guide