PLACE OF LIFE : EVENTS, FISHING, SPORT AND STROLL
This 2220 hectares pond is connected to the Étang de Berre by the Canal of Cascaveau, located close to the town centre and holding the highest jet of water in all of France reaching a record height of 50m, the Étang de l’Olivier and its promenade, renovated in 2013, invite you for a pleasant stroll, walk or great workout with its fitness trail along the water.
Its protected ecosystem is made up of reed beds and cliffs of Saffre that are home to many birds and fishes. This fresh water pond is overflowing with fish, such as mullets, eels, carp, roach, perch, zander and pike, and is enjoyed by many fishermen. However, please keep in mind that you must have a federal fishing license in order to fish.
Provençal water jousting, a traditional sport that requires both skill and strength, is also very popular here. The “Société des Jouteurs Istréens” (Jousters of Istres Society), several times French champion, trains and organises tournaments from June to September.
The Étang de l’Olivier is a popular central meeting place for the residents of Istres. Major events such as the “Jeudis étoilés”, fireworks, and the “Faites du sport” sports event take place here along the edge of the pond.
Finally, according to an old town legend, people rise to say that a gigantic garter snake named Lou Coulobre still lives in the depths of the pond. So beware of late night walks along the edge of the water!
HIGHEST JET OF WATER IN FRANCE
The jet of water of the Étang de l’Olivier, located over 80 metres from the edge of the Bay of Castellan, reaches a record height of 50 metres.
It represents a giant liquid flag, symbolising the ambition and vitality of an environmentally friendly and forward-looking city. It also helps to add oxygen to the pond.
Appearing in 2008, this jet of water is unique in France thanks to its technical innovation and aesthetic prowess.
It is installed on frame 6 metres wide and submerged 50m below the water level to better integrate it into the pond. This metal stainless steel structure weighs 2,200 kilos. The water column is fed by a pump with the power equivalent to 125 horsepower, located 3.5 metres under water.
The jet of water is also lit up at night by a ray of 14 spotlights, including 8 white lights directly in the column and 6 alternating red, green and blue lights on the float.
.Average jet height: 50 metres
.Outgoing speed: 120 km/h
.Flow: 80 litres/second
.Pump with a total power of 92,000 watts
.Brightness: 2,100 watts
NB: On days when the Mistral wind is present, the fountain is turned off.
THE OLIVIER MARINA, SAIL AT WILL YOUR DESIRES
True to its tourist and family vocation, the pond of Olivier revives family attractions along its banks. Discover the pond on a solar boat at attractive price and sail surrounded by swans, according to your desires.
A ESTHETIC AND CULTURAL ATTRACTIONS
DIVE INTO THE UNIVERSE UNUSUAL ART ZOO ISTRES
The Art'Animaux Olivier have invaded the park along the pond of the Olivier and its water jet ! Discover an unusual and artistic world. The signs already give you a lot of information but you can go further into the experience through your smartphone! Use the QR code and NFC tags to continue the adventure.
THE FLOATING URCHINS DANIEL Zanca
A new artistic work to discover moved into from of the bay of Castellan the pond : floating sea urchins ! The project involves implanting onthis site a set of hollow urchin sculptures of 2.20 m in diameter, developed in a very realistic way, with fiberglass.
Not forgetting the Saint-Sulpice Chapel and the Mediterranean garden.