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Visit Istres: highlights and tourist information

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Istres is situated in the Bouches-du-Rhone department and Provence region, in the south-east of France at 39 kilometres from Marseille, the department capital (general information: Istres is 628 kilometres from Paris).

Tourist classifications for Istres include "ville fleurie 4*".

Popular places to visit nearby include Martigues at 13 km and Salon-de-Provence at 17 km. For more places to visit and local tourist attractions see the map and listings below.

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Istres, France: places to visit and attractions

Some of the places that we have visited and reviewed and can recommend when you are sightseeing close to Istres in Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur.

Note that all distances below are 'direct' and real driving distances will be greater!


... or see ALL recommended places to visit in Bouches-du-Rhone

Map of places to visit near Istres


Markets in and near Istres

Market days in Istres: weekly market: Tuesday & Friday;

  • Istres: market Tuesday & Friday (0km)
  • Fos-sur-Mer: market Wednesday & Saturday (9km)
  • Martigues: market Wednesday & Sunday & Saturday (13km)
  • Berre-l'Etang: market Thursday & Sunday (15km)
  • Eyguieres: market Tuesday (21km)
  • Chateauneuf-les-Martigues: market Friday (21km)
  • Marignane: market Tuesday & Thursday & Saturday (21km)
  • Carry-le-Rouet: market Tuesday & Friday (24km)
  • Lambesc: market Friday (28km)
  • Eygalieres: market Friday (28km)

More information about Istres, Provence

Tourist attractions near Istres, France

What to do at Istres? Some places with official tourist classifications and other places of interest to visit nearby that should provide inspiration if you are visiting Istres.

Heritage sites

Most beautiful villages in France

(see also beautiful French villages)

National Monuments

  • Glanum (33km)
  • Montmajour Abbey (34km)
  • Chateau d'If (40km)

Recommended detour towns (fr: plus beau détour)

Regional Natural Parcs

Churches and religious monuments

  • Abbaye Notre Dame de Montmajour (Arles) (34km)
  • Eglise et cloitres de Saint Trophime, Eglise de Saint-Honorat des Alycamps (Arles) (34km)
  • Abbaye de Silvacane (La Roque-d'Antheron) (34km)
  • Collégiale Notre Dame des Anges (Sorgues) (46km)
  • Abbaye de Sénanque (Gordes) (47km)

Remarkable gardens

  • Jardin de l'Alchimiste (28km)
  • Jardin d'Eguilles (30km)
  • Jardin d'Albertas (35km)
  • Jardin aquatique « Aux fleurs de l'eau (41km)
  • Parc du 26e Centenaire (42km)
  • Parc Borély (43km)
  • Jardin de la Magalone (43km)
  • Parc Longchamp (43km)
  • Jardin de la Louve (43km)
  • Jardin du château de Val Joanis (46km)
  • Jardin à la française du Pavillon de Galon (47km)

Protected historical centre (fr: secteur sauvegardé)

(see also historical French towns)

Sites of natural beauty

  • Gorges de Régalon (32km)
  • Calanque (49km)
  • Cap Canaille (55km)

Towns of Art and history

Villages in bloom 4* (fr: ville fleurie)

Zoo and/or wildlife park

  • Zoo de La Barben (21km)

Geography and distances

Geographical Information

Commune: Istres

Canton: Istres

Arrondissement: Istres

Department: Bouches-du-Rhone

Region: Provence

Postcode: 13800

Distance to Istres

from Marseille (prefecture): 39 km

from Paris: 628 km

from Calais: 860 km

from Nice: 185 km

from Bordeaux: 467 km

from Strasbourg: 603 km

Getting here

Istres is in the south-east of France. Most visitors fly into the airport at Marseille or drive from the UK with a journey time of around 10-11 hours. For driving distances to Istres from anywhere in France see driving distances and route planner.

We have 1 other places listed as being close (less than kilometres from ): Saint-Chamas.

This page in French: Visiter Istres

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