The town developed in parallel with its air base 125 Charles Monnier, a highly strategic site, vital for the French Air Force. A world-famous site, with the largest runway in Europe, it continues to actively participate in the prestige of the town.
Istres has an ambitious cultural and artistic policy. The public areas in Istres have been taken over by internationally renowned artists. You can discover magnificent works all over the region: Daniel Buren’s Grande Diagonale, Ben signs or the Art'bribus.
Nowadays, a fully-fledged district of the town, it was once the resort of choice for Marseille residents. The village grew around the many mas, or farms, in this part of La Crau and is now the farming district. Foin de Crau hay is produced here.
Now being used fully, the etang is the first choice for locals and holidaymakers, particularly in summer, with water sports, beaches, and all the facilities for a great day with friends and family. DISCOVER THE ‘SEA OF BERRE’ Extending over 15,500 ha, the lagoon and its 80km sh...
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Benoît, #WeIstres ambassador and employee at the Tourist Office, is also a passionate sportsman, lover of running. As summer approaches, you mustn't let go. He therefore offers you the top 5 places to stretch your legs in Istres and eliminate the excesses of winter delicacies!
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In periods of strong heat, if you are looking for shaded outdoor places to spend moments with your family, the Marcel Guelfucci park will be the ideal place: a 22 hectare pine forest near the city center, the Berre pond and the Educational and Cultural Center!
- Office de Tourisme