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Martigues: Little Venice of Provence

Martigues: Little Venice of Provence

Martigues, also known as the "Venice of Provence," is famous for its network of canals that crisscross the town. These canals not only add to the town's charm but also serve as a reminder of its historical significance as a fishing and trading port. Exploring Martigues by boat or strolling along its waterfront promenades is a Provence pleasure.

Enjoy a meal at Le Mirroir, a charming, locally-sourced restaurant nestled in the most beautiful square of Martigues.

With a history dating back to the Roman times, Martigues is steeped in culture and heritage. The town is home to several architectural gems, including the stunning Church of Saint Louis, the picturesque Chapel of the Annonciade, and the historic Hôtel de Ville. Art enthusiasts will also appreciate the Musée Ziem, which showcases the works of Félix Ziem, a renowned 19th-century landscape/seascape painter.

Martigues sits between the lake, L'étang de Berre, and the Mediterranean sea. Here we look out on the lake toward the famous Sainte Victoire mountain on the horizon.

Photography and writing by Emilie Johnson. She lives in Provence and can be found on instagram at @emilie_joly_johnson