Water trails

Nature and relaxation Guided tour Water

Friday 31 May 2024

09:30 to 11:30

Location : Centre-ville d'Istres


A walk on the theme of water and fountains
1. The banks of the lake
Once marshy, the banks bordering the town were developed in the 20th century. In cold weather, fishermen with their weasels (foëne or fichouire) can be seen harpooning numb muge.
2. Le Castellan
The steep plateau of Le Castellan (40 meters above sea level) is two-thirds surrounded by L'Étang de l'Olivier. It was occupied by a Gallic oppidum in the 6th / 5th century and again from the 2nd century BC. The abundance of shellfish remains proves their importance in the diet of the inhabitants.
3. The HBM fountain
The Habitations à Bon Marché building was constructed in 1929 to meet a high demand for housing. Residents of the eighty-four units could obtain their water from the monumental fountain. The building was awarded the "Patrimoine du XXe siècle" label in 2000.
4. The Bourras fountain
This dragon fountain was built in 1847, in Cassis stone, on the Place de la Mairie. Re-installed in the Place des Bourras in the 1970s, it is supplied by the town's water system.
5. The former Place du Puits Neuf
Today's Place José Coto was called Place du Puits Neuf because it was home to one of the many public wells in old Istres. A private well, which is still being tapped, can be found inside the wealthy mansion (N° 4).
6. Le portail d'Arles
Built between 1771 and 1773, this town gate opened onto the road to Arles. It was known as Porte Basse or Portail Eygadier. The latter name is explained by the presence of four fountains attached to the building (two for the town's inhabitants, two for travellers leaving or arriving from the Crau).
Comfortable shoes, a bottle of water and protection from the cold or heat are recommended.
Event Organizer
Association Culture, arts plastiques et du patrimoine (ACAPP)
Phone : +33 4 13 22 81 33
Centre-ville d'Istres
1 Allées Jean Jaurès
  • Spoken language(s) :
    • French


1 Allées Jean Jaurès
GPS coordinates
Latitude : 43.513965
Longitude : 4.987452
  • Further information :
    • Centre-ville d'Istres Place