Start the day with a bird’s eye view Head for Chapelle Notre Dame des Marins for a magnificent 360° panorama over the city surrounded by water, canals and bridges. The city has three districts: Ile, Jonquières and Ferrières.
L’ILE - the island districtWander around Provençal Venice, along Quai Brescon and around the Miroir aux Oiseaux and admire the colourful façades of old fishermen’s houses. As you stroll by, take a glimpse at the Provençal-Baroque-style Église de la Madeleine stretching along Canal St Sébastien and the “Maison en chapeau de gendarme” with turned fretted gables. In 1963 Gilles Grangier filmed the comedy “La cuisine au beurre” here, starring French actors Fernandel and Bourvil.
Continue until you reach the water garden at the point of the island, a relaxing spot with a lovely view of the Chenal de Caronte. From there, board the maritime shuttle which links the three districts of Martigues.
FERRIERESWander along the marina between the magnificent Théâtre des Salins, an Italian-style theatre with a sober pink-limestone façade and the fishermen’s quay. Then head for the Gnidzaz cinematheque and discover the exemplary collection of a passionate cinema enthusiast with reels, scopitones, projectors and more.
Visit Musée Ziem for the works of Félix Ziem, artists from the 1850-1925 Marseille school, Fauvist landscapes, contemporary art, archaeological and ethnological collections, then stop for lunch or a drink in the shade of mulberry plane trees on the beach at Plage des Ferrières facing the Étang de Berre.