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Le Miroir aux oiseaux (Mirror Bird) area
Le Miroir aux oiseaux (Mirror Bird) area
Coat of arms of Martigues
Coat of arms
Martigues is located in France
Country France
Region Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur
Department Bouches-du-Rhône
Arrondissement Istres
Canton Martigues-Est and Martigues-Ouest
Intercommunality Ouest de l'Étang de Berre
 • Mayor (2008–2014) Gaby Charroux
Area1 71.44 km2 (27.58 sq mi)
Population (2008)2 46,471
 • Density 650/km2 (1,700/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 13056 / 13500
Elevation 0–187 m (0–614 ft)
(avg. 1 m or 3.3 ft)

1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km² (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

2 Population without double counting: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.

Martigues (Occitan: Lo Martegue in classical norm, Lou Martegue in Mistralian norm) is a commune northwest of Marseille. It is part of the Bouches-du-Rhône department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region on the eastern end of the Canal de Caronte.

A direct translation from the Martigues Tourisme[1] Website reveals the following about Martigues:

Nicknamed the "Provençale Venice", Martigues is a point of passage between the Mediterranean Sea and the Sea of Martigues (now Etang de Berre), close to the Côte d'Azur. The charm of its canals, its docks and bridges made it "The Venice of Provence". Martigues possesses also its cooperative winery "La Venise provençale": Coteaux d'Aix en Provence, rosé, red and white wines, fruit juices and natural oils in the region. Main varietals: Grenache, Syrah, Cinsault, Carignan, Clairette.


  • History 1
  • Policy 2
  • Population 3
  • Transport 4
  • Personalities 5
  • See also 6
  • References 7
  • External links 8


Martigues was founded by Ramon Berenguer IV, count of Provence in 1232 on the likely site of the Roman camp Maritima Avaticorum.


Gaby Charroux, deputy Mayor of the City of Martigues was born June 25, 1942 in Alger. On 29 May 2009 he succeeded Paul Lombard, Mayor resigned, and has since committed to continue the work for the future of Martigues. For him, being elected is "work, work, again and again" in order to improve the lives of the governed and to serve the general interest.[2]



The Gare de Martigues railway station is served by regional trains between Miramas and Marseille.


See also


  1. ^ Martigues-Tourisme Official Website, page of direct translation, quoting Martigue as "The Venice of Provence"
  2. ^ Ville de Martigues

External links

  • Official website
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