Martigues’ vineyard trails - The Venice Provençale’s trails

- Departure/Arrival
- Point of interest
Circuit n° 1
Itinerary information
  • Length :
    • Between 19 and 25 km
  • Elevation :
    • Elevation 359m


Between the Mediterranean Sea and the Berre pond, at the confines of the Nerthe massif, is located the Venise Provençale’s terroir.
The vineyard stretches on almost 494 acres, mainly Located in the geological collapsing sump of Saint Pierre, in Saint Julien.
A few plots of land are still cultivated on the municipalities of Châteauneuf-Les-Martigues, Saint Mitre les Remparts and Sausset les Pins.
The majority of the plots are benefitting from the PDO Coteaux (hillside) d’Aix-en-Provence, with a small part in PGI Méditerranée (Mediterranean).

1 – From Saint Julien’s winery, take the D 5 road on your left (road to Sausset). 
2 – After 0.3 miles, at the traffic light, turn right in the Chemin des Jardins. Stay on the right. Go to the Chemin des Jourdans. At the street lamp, turn left between the vineyards and up to the houses. Turn right, follow the trail overhanging the vineyards up to an ancient farmhouse. Round the construction by walking on the left (threshing yard). 
3 – Go up the path on the left.
4 – Keep the PR? (yellow and blue) on the left. Walk on the right past the watchtower. Keep on following the plateau trail straight ahead to reach the Gatasse pass (pylon).
5 – Cross the D 49 (carefully!). Go down on the right towards the ancient road. At the hairpin bend (CB 47 sign), turn left. When arrived to the Gatasse, bifurcate to the right until you see a cittern. On the right, follow the stony path and reach a ruin (ancient sheepfold). After a great (open) grilled gate, turn right. The trail follows the hamlet and reaches the Chemin des Gides.
6 – At the intersection, go left, for 0.1 mile, in the Rue Abbé Villard. When you reach number 10, on your left, take the stairs to access the church (remnants of an oppidum). Go around the building, following the graveyard.
7 – Go down to the Rue des Tilleuls on the left, until you get to the roundabout. Right across, follow the D 49a for 0.4 miles. On the left, take the trail (0.4 miles).
8 – At the crossroad, go left, keeping the power line on your left. Reach the electric pylon.
9 – Keep the pylon on your right. Go along the ancient mills by the left and go down until you reach the D 5.
10 – Cross the road at the pass (carefully!), (signpost CB 30). Take the path that goes up to the plateau.
11 – Go back to the GR ® 2013 that comes from the left and follow it straight ahead. At the following intersection, follow a hairpin bend and go down
into the glen. Walk along the vineyards.
12 – Turn on the left. Follow the road on 0.4 miles. Follow
the panoramic trail path from point (15).
This path was impacted by the fire of August 04, 2020, it remains however passable except for these parts:
- Between Saint-Julien and Gatasse (point 4)
- The Ventrons forest track (point 9 to 12)
Traffic within the areas destroyed by the fire (excluding highways) remains prohibited until October 4, 2020.

Visiting conditions: Between 1 June and 30 September: access to the forest is regulated by local authorities for your safety and for the preservation of the site.  Before heading out, call: 0811 20 13 13 (France only). Information about the opening hours of the site you wish to visit is available: open all day/open only in the morning/completely closed. The degree of forest fire warning (orange-red-black), determined by weather conditions, is published the day before at 6pm at the latest.
Practical information
  • Location :
    • In the countryside
  • Type of itinerary :
    • On foot
  • Duration of the walking route :
    • 1/2 day
  • Length :
    • Length 19km
  • Level :
    • All levels
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