In the footsteps of Marie-Madeleine

Pedestrian sports, Hiking itinerary Interdepartmental Pilgrims Walkers/hikers
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- Point of interest
Circuit n° 1
Circuit n° 2


Between hiking and pilgrimage, discover major places and sites of Christianity as well as the exceptional landscapes that the saint crossed during her preaching in Provence.
During these two tours, discover places steeped in history, trodden in the footsteps of Mary Magdalene. In the city center of Martigues, in the Ile district, the church of Marie-Madeleine imposes its style.

Marie-Madeleine was one of the disciples who washed up on the beach of Sainte-Croix following a storm at sea. They then left with the idea of evangelizing Provence. Sainte-Croix then became a renowned place of pilgrimage. From Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer, you will reach Martigues to visit the church of Mary Magdalene and continue your epic journey to Sainte-Croix.

Stages 3 and 4 are part of the spiritual itinerary from Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer to Saint Maximin. A 237 km course in ten stages.

- Stage 3, from Fos-sur-Mer to Martigues.
19 km, 4h45 of walking, positive elevation of 292 m, negative elevation of 303 m,
Difficulty level: somewhat difficult.
Take the 2013 GR® de Pays from Marseille Provence Métropole to the Notre-Dame-des-Marins chapel. This 17th century chapel dedicated to the Virgin was of particular importance for sailors returning to port.
The panorama over the city, the Etang de Berre, to the peaks of Sainte-Victoire is magnificent.

Enter the heart of the city martégale, which seems to rest on the water.
Enter the Sainte-Marie-Madeleine church in the island district.
Long called "The Cathedral" by the martégaux, the most imposing of the city's churches, characteristic of Baroque architecture and Provençal decorations of Italian influence, has been classified as a Historic Monument since 1947.

- Stage 4, from Martigues to Carry-le-Rouet.
27.5 km, 9 hours of walking, elevation gain of 633 m, vertical drop of 629 m.
Difficulty level: somewhat difficult.
After discovering Martigues, cross the land before reaching the sea.
One step to enjoy the sea air.

Enjoy a well-deserved cool break on Sainte-Croix beach.
Admire the chapel of Sainte-Croix, built in the 17th century and just in front of it remains a ruin, that of the old chapel from the 12th century.
Opening period (s)All year round.

Subject to favorable weather.
Practical information
  • Route :
    • Signposted route
    • Distance (km) : 46.5
    • Route : Aller / Itinerance
  • Parking :
    • Free car park
  • Levels of sporting experience :
    • Level bue - Medium
  • Natures field :
    • Rock
    • Stone
    • Clay
  • Environments :
    • Beach within 300 m
    • Coastline
    • Village centre
    • Town location
    • In the old centre
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  • Chapelle Notre Dame des Marins
  • Chapelle Notre Dame des Marins
  • Eglise Ste Marie Madeleine
  • Chapelle de Sainte-Croix
  • Ruine Chapelle de Sainte-Croix
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