In the heart of Provence

to Istres :Holiday gite: les Bolles

Leisure-time activities


Istres with its 250 sports clubs or cultural lets you indulge in most things you want.


Bathing (no lifeguard) or windsurfing on the sandy beaches of the Etang de Berre,
400m away down paths on the hillside.

Bathing or windsurfing on the fine sandy beaches of Fos-sur-Mer 10km away.

Eel-fishing in the lake 400m away

Walking or riding on the paths in the surrounding hills.

Swimming pool 2km.

Tennis courts 300m.

Basket- and handball pitches 300m.

Heures Claires Cultural Centre 300m.

Dancing conservatory 300m.

Riding centre 2km.

Sailing centre 2km.

Sailing centre 2km.



Feria: June (famous bullfighting), Camargue races from May to August

Music Festival "The Summertime" in July.

Feast of St Etienne in August

Jazz Festival and Festival of Chamber Music Salon de Provence 20 km

European Festival of Photography & Meetings International Photography in Arles 45 km.

Festivals opera, dance and music in Aix en Provence 50 km

Many museums, 50 miles round: documentation is available at the guesthouse.

From Martigues 15km: Boat trips along the Blue Coast - to the islands in Friuli
Discover fishing, tours of the marine park in Carry-le-Rouet

Sardinades and moulades in July and August at Istres, Martigues and Fos sur Mer

Golf courses nearby: Miramas, Les Miles - Fuveau - Mallemort - Aix en Provence

The sea only 10km away.




Camargue Nature Park, Luberon Nature Park, Côte Bleue (rocky coastline), Crau plain.



Unmissable visits:


Arles and its Roman and medieval monuments, the Gallo-roman monuments of St Rémy de Provence, The Montmajour abbey, the valley of Les Baux de Provence, the archeological site of St Blaise, Martigues, called the Venice of Provence, Aix-en-Provence, Marseille, the zoo of la Barben, the Sainte Victoire mountain, Mary Magdalen's grotto, the ocre quarries at Rousillon, the wild coves of the Côte Bleue, the rocky creek of En Vau, the salt springs at la Redonne.


Sites and Monuments visited by decreasing importance:


Notre-Dame de la Garde in Marseille, Château des Baux Les Baux de Provence, Arles Amphitheater, Terrace of the Church in Saintes Maries de la Mer, Chateau d'If in Marseille , Cloitre St. Trophime in Arles, Glanum in Saint Remy de Provence, Arles Antique Theater, Chateau d'Avignon at Saintes Maries de la Mer, Cloitre Saint Paul de Mausole in Saint Remy de Provence, Chateau de Tarascon in Tarascon, Abbey Montmajour Arles Abbey Sivacane at La Roque d'Antheron, Alyscamps in Arles, the Baths of Constantine in Arles, etc.


The Centers for interpreting the nature and eco:


Ecomuseum salt marshes of Vigueirat, The Capelière in Arles, Ecomuseum forest Gardane at Mediterranean level, La Maison de la Sainte Victoire in Saint Antonin sur Bayon



Other exhibition sites or information:


images Cathedral of Les Baux de Provence, Art Gallery of the General Council in Aix en Provence, Le Petit monde de Pagnol in Aubagne.






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