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.
À vivre en famille Lieux uniques
DINOSAUR'ISTRES, a walk among the ‘great figures’ of the Dinosaurs in Istres, in the Castellan hill forest, a recognised site for remarkable archaeology and Provençal biodiversity.
- En famille
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.