Saint-Martin-de-Crau

Etang des Aulnes - Vue du ciel - Provence Pays Arles / Canopée / Lionel Roux

Saint-Martin de Crau will be your starting point for discovering La Crau, a little-known yet exceptional natural heritage, and its secular traditions.

... Saint-Martin-de-Crau, a town of character

Set in a multi-coloured palette of landscapes, St-Martin-de-Crau combines all the features of Provence. The town is a land of discovery and allows visitors to experience an original kind of green tourism with, among other things, 5 hiking routes and 12 tourist cycle routes for families and experienced visitors alike. The town has a rich and protected natural heritage, namely La Crau. This last steppe in Europe is home to animal and plant species which benefit from this environment.

 

This little known place will reveal all its secrets during a walk on the 'Coussouls of Crau Nature Discovery Trail'. In addition to these natural treasures, the town has three museums, the Eco-Museum of La Crau, the Hunting and Nature Museum and the Retro-Museum. These museums focus on pastoral activity and its environmental aspect. Travelling exhibitions, visits and nature expeditions are available throughout the year. In the church with the panoramic table, the clock tower gives visitors an unrestricted view of the Alpilles.

Saint-Martin-de-Crau is a town of traditions and has a wide variety of festivals, including the Pastrage in January, the Agricultural Fair of St Valentine in February, the 'Voice of Women' Festival in March, the La Crau Feria in April, the Spring Festival in May and many others. Shows, plays, exhibitions and concerts make this commune a dynamic cultural centre. Saint-Martin-de-Crau also has a vast choice of tourist accommodation and restaurants, allowing you to relax and enjoy the good life.

Don't miss the Coussouls de Crau nature reserve, the nature discovery trail, the Eco-Museum, the Hunting and Nature Museum and the Retro-Museum, the ancient sheepfolds, the Feria in April, the Pastrage in January and the Agricultural Fair in February.

Les circuits du territoire

Journées romaines - Festival Arelate

Those Romans were mad!

Mixte
- 36.75 km - 00h43m
This family-friendly tourist route will teach you the basics of gladiator combat in the Arles amphitheatre. The programme includes an introduction to the grandiose sites of Roman Gaul, a visit to the arenas, the Departmental Museum of Ancient Arles and the discovery of the bust of Caesar and an ancient barge. This ten-stage tourism route is designed to take two days.
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Outdoor activities (6)

  • Arboretum le Jardin de Gaston à Saint-Martin-de-Crau

    Le Jardin de Gaston - Outdoor activities

    Places to visit - Botanic gardens
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    This 49,000 m² garden is named after its designer, Gaston Therras. The Gaston Garden arboretum is a green gem that extends over four hectares. Since June 2004, it offers visitors a tranquil and natural setting conducive to botanical discoveries, relaxation and walks. Today, more than 150 species of trees and shrubs are on display. Amongst the familiar trees, you can find trees such as the sweetgum, the ginko biloba (maidenhair tree), the decorative bark birch tree, the nissa (tulepo) and more. Signs planted around trees allow you to easily identify them.

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  • Maison de la Transhumance

    Maison de la Transhumance - Outdoor activities

    Places to visit - Nature interpretation centre
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    Home of Transhumance, interpretation of Mediterranean pastoral culture centre, will open its doors to the 2010/2011 year into the fold of the domain of Alders, property of the General Council of Bouches.In a magnificent setting, it will cover an area of more than 500 m². It will first offer on 300 m², a space for temporary exhibitions renewed each year. It will also include a public reception area and a shop.

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  • Forêt de la Castelette - Outdoor activities

    Places to visit - Forest
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    Since 1988, Aulnes Lagoon estate is the property of the General Council of Bouches-du-Rhone, which is responsible for the restoration, management and protection of this unique place. The estate’s old Provençal-style building with its various annexes, is a residence for artists and an place for outdoor concerts. The foundations of this 300 hectare area, located in the heart of the Crau, date from 1213.

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  • Steppes des Coussouls de la Crau

    Les coussous de la Crau - Outdoor activities

    Places to visit - Plain - valley - delta
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    In 2001, more than 7,400 hectares of Coussouls de Crau were classified as a Natural Reserve. It is co-managed by the Conservatory of Southern Alps - Provence Ecosystem Studies (CEEP), and the Chamber of Agriculture of Bouches-du Rhone. Since May 2008, a portion of this reserve is available under the "Draille des Coussouls Interpretive Trail". The Coussouls de Crau Nature Reserve provides strong protection to preserve and keep alive both the natural and pastoral heritage.

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  • Domaine du Lac - Outdoor activities

    Places to visit - Stretch of water - lake - pond
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    After years of administrative procedures and a colossal work, Domaine du Lac was transferred to the public domain of the municipality on August 1, 2007. The waterways of the Domaine du Lac constitute a beautiful, natural area. The inhabitants of Saint Martin will have to wait a little longer to walk safely in its surroundings. In fact, rehabilitation started a few months ago and should continue until the good weather sets in.

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  • La Crau - Outdoor activities

    Places to visit - Plain - valley - delta
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    At the foot of the Alpilles mountains, between the Camargue and the Berre lagoon, the Crau plain covers 600 km². Two Crau are clearly distinguished: The more fertile northern green Crau, enhanced by irrigation by Adam de Craponne, and where several cultures are grown, including the production of "Crau hay" (AOC), particularly renowned for its nutritional value.

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Art and culture (5)

  • Ecomusée de la Crau - Art and culture

    Museums - Museum
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    The Crau Ecomuseum was created in 1987 by the Conservatory of Provence Ecosystem Studies (CEEP), now the Conservatory of Natural Areas (CEN PACA), with the support of the City and the Foundation for Natural Heritage in Europe (STIFTUNG). It now plays an important role in the St Martinoise cultural life and in the development of tourism in the town. Located in an old barn in the heart of the city, it invites you to discover all the wonders of Crau, with:

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  • Atelier Courlis - Art and culture

    Artist's studio and art gallery - Artist's studio
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    Fifty-five years of painting under the Provence sun, 2,000 works and paintings sold around the world. Georges Accarie is proud to be an ambassador painter for Provence and its sun. His perfect knowledge and love of nature shine forth from his works. Provence bathed in bright sunlight or adorned in the colours of autumn, he has painted all its facets.

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  • Rétro Musée - Art and culture

    Museums - Museum
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    The Retro Museum is entirely dedicated to the reproduction of scenes from everyday life in the past. This nostalgic world can be accessed via the entrance to the La Crau Ecomuseum. André Avis is an enthusiastic collector. In 1987, in partnership with the Municipality, he decided to open a museum on the theme of old professions and tools. The museum has changed name since then, but its vocation remains the same, namely to preserve and pass on the memory of the Ancients to adults and primarily to children.

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  • Maison de la chasse et de la nature - Art and culture

    Museums - Museum
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    The Maison de la Chasse et de la Nature opened its doors in September 2008. This museum aims to introduce the public to the art of hunting and the natural wealth of La Crau, Camargue and the Alpilles. The Maison de la Chasse et de la Nature is the result of a two-fold ambition. In addition to discovering the region's natural heritage, different nature-lovers can come together with the common objective of preservation. On the ground floor, permanent exhibitions are displayed in three sections.

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  • Bibliothèque municipale - Art and culture

    Library, Media library - Media library
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    Located in the Cultural Development Centre. Vast range of books, magazines, DVDs and CDs. An extensive choice for all the family. Story-telling on some Wednesdays of the month. Events, conferences, exhibitions, presentations of authors and literary works, etc.

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  • Maison du tourisme de Saint Martin de Crau - Practice

    Tourist services - Tourist office
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    Genuine country town, St-Martin-de-Crau covers a large area between the Alpilles, the Camargue and the Crau. Even with its 11,300 inhabitants today, it has kept a real feel of a village. Particular attention is paid to protection of this privileged environment. It is a stepping stone to a successful holiday. St-Martin-de-Crau occupies an important central place in the Arles landscape, radiating to the Camargue, the Alpilles and the sea.

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