Aire du chemin de ParadisSeveral wooden tables with benches in a lovely pine forest with a play area, close to the city centre, shops and tourist office.
Getting there: as you approach Martigues on the A55 motorway, take the Martigues-Ferrières exit and follow signs to Hôtel de Ville on the right. The park is on your left just before the town hall roundabout.
Jardin de la rodeBy a pond
There are no tables but a large lawn and play area.
CLOSE TO THE CITY CENTRE – ON THE CITY OUTSKIRTS
Grand parc de FiguerollesWooden tables and benches under the pine trees, water + litter bin. Inside the park, close to the education farm, treetop adventure park and walking paths.
Getting there: from the north of Martigues, follow Istres. At the first roundabout in the town, turn left to the cinema then go straight ahead until you reach the park entrance.
Aire de Khariessa3 wooden tables with benches in the shade of a pine forest at the eastern entrance to the town with a view over Étang de Berre.
Getting there: motorway A55 from Marseille/Aix en Provence, follow Martigues/Fos and exit to Martigues Centre, 150 metres on the right.
Départementale 5 (Istres)Wooden picnic table with benches and litter bin. Picnic spot in the shade of a pine tree.
Getting there: On the departmental road to Martigues-Istres
ON THE COTE BLEUE
Pinède Maison de CarroWooden tables with benches in a pine forest in front of the Maison de Carro visitor centre 300 metres from the beach in the village of Carro. Children’s playground.
Getting there: from Martigues follow “la couronne” ring-road to Carro-les-plages. At the entrance to the village Carro, follow the sign on the right to Maison de Carro opposite the beach.
Plage des LauronsPicnic table by the beach.
Getting there: From the Square des Anciens Combattants/D49E, follow D49E and cross the roundabout. At the roundabout take the 2nd exit on Route du Port de Lavera/D9.
Stay on D9. At the roundabout, turn left onto Chemin des Olives. Take the first exit onto Route de Ponteau. Turn left slightly to stay on Route de Ponteau. Turn right onto Corniche des Laurons, then take Rue des Laurons.
Route de Sausset les Pins (St Julien-les-Martigues exit)This picnic spot with bench and litter bin is near a bus stop. The spot is shaded by pines and mulberry trees.
Getting there: follow Martigues-Sausset les pins, then Sausset les pins/St Julien. After the St Julien les Martigues exit, the picnic spot is 200 metres after the equestrian centre.
Route de Sausset les PinsThe picnic spot, in the shade of pines and mulberry trees, has a table and litter bin.
Getting there: Follow Martigues-Sausset les Pins, then Sausset les Pins/St Julien. Take the St Julien Les Martigues exit. The picnic spot is 2 kilometres on your right.
Route départementale 5 (Martigues Sud)Wooden table and bench with a litter bin in the shade of a pine tree.
Getting there: follow Couronne-Martigues on the Route de St Pierre after the Route de Sausset les Pins junction, continue for 1 kilometre, on the left.
Parcours NaturelThe picnic spot is in the shade of pines, 2 kilometres from the town centre and the sea.
Getting there: the picnic area is on a natural track along Avenue Pierre Matraja.
Leave Martigues, follow St Julien/Sausset les pins. In Sausset les pins, take the third exit from the roundabout then turn left.