Martigues is the fourth largest town in Bouches-du-Rhône. In 2012, it was awarded "Art and History Town" status. Just one more reason to come and discover all the town has to offer. Because the town lies between the Mediterranean Sea, canals and Lake Berre, water and land are important elements of its culture. Wherever you look, they share the horizon together. In the town center and its three districts of Ferrières, Ile and Jonquières, archaeological heritage and contemporary architecture bear witness to the town's history dating from the Romans right through to the 21st century. The town of Martigues also offers visitors some cultural attractions. Here are some suggestions of what to see:
Martigues Historical Gallery
This gallery takes an in-depth look at the main periods of the town's history, from the first traces of human civilization through to its rapid development in the second half of the 20th century.
Little Carro Museum
This museum offers an insight into the daily lives of some of Martigues' past residents (fishermen, stonemasons, peasants and shepherds) through historic artifacts and documents.
Gnidzaz Martigues Cinematheque
The "cinematheque" has displays of projection equipment and posters from movies shot on location in Martigues. The cinematheque also runs tours looking back over the invention of cinema and pays homage to the collector Gnidzaz, his relationship with moving pictures and the town of Martigues.
Guided Boat Tour of the Fort de Bouc
The Fort de Bouc's pink limestone walls stand at the mouth of the Caronte channel. It has guarded the passage between the Gulf of Fos and Lake Berre since the Middle Ages, halfway between Marseille and the mouth of the River Rhône. The fort has always played a dual role as both a defensive structure and a lighthouse. It holds a strategic position in terms of maritime trade and control of the region. It has been a listed historic monument since January 6, 1930.