This is Travel in Marseille Provence travel guide, a guide made by Marseille people for everyone. Here you will find out about Provence best places and travel tips. This page takes you on a journey to a little town of Berre’s pond: Saint-Chamas. Preserved from industrialisation, the town kept its historical centre and the charming character of a countryside village.
Saint-Chamas is located near Istres, on the North of Berre’s pond. The town stands out from others in the area as it has not been affected by the massive industrialisation. A rural charm, a rich history made of many preserved landmarks, witnesses of the past, and a luxuriant nature with a beautiful wildlife. Following different itineraries by foot, you will discover the magic places of the town. Follow our guide and be sure not to miss anything.
Discover the heritage of Saint-Chamas
Saint-Chamas historic heritage is gorgeous and well preserved. Some landmarks are just extraordinary, like “le Pont de Flavien” and its two arches built in the 1st century BC by the Romans to cross the river “La Touloubre”. Or like the troglodyte habitats, caves dig in the 17th Century to serve as windmills, goods depot for the port or shelters, and are now used as homes. See also “Le Pont de l’Horloge”, an aqueduct of 62m in length and 23m in height that offers an extraordinary panorama of the town; Notre Dame de Miséricorde Chapel located on the Baou hill, overlooking Berre’s pond and Saint-Chamas, or its little lovely fishing port which was amongst the most important of Berre’s pond for a long time.
Take a walk in the town natural green spaces
There are three big green spaces in Saint-Chamas. Each of them is unique and presents different aspects of nature. The park of « la Poudrerie », more than 100 hectares of green with trees older than 2 or 3 centuries is an ideal place for the walker who needs a bit of calm.
Another famous site is « La Petite Camargue » with 100 hectares of marshes and an incredible wildlife. The site comes from the confluence of the Touloubre and Berre’s pond waters and has 31 different species of dragonflies and more than 200 species of birds.
The third park is called « Le parc des Creusets » where anyone can discover the typical vegetation of Provence : « la garrigue ».
Conquer Saint-Chamas by foot
To discover the town and its entire heritage, Saint-Chamas Tourist Office has created different walking itineraries. Take a walk and go back in time, learn about the town’s history, discover its architectural treasures and its natural beauty. You will need good walking shoes and some water as these itineraries are around 10 km long.
Enjoy Cabassons beach and its white sand
It is only since the 1st of July 2015 that Saint-Chamas has its own beach! Locals and tourists are thrilled with this new spot, especially when it gets sunny and hot.
« La plage des Cabassons » located at the heart of the town, between the marina and the fishing port, offers a breathtaking view over the Baou hills. With a free car park, a first aid station, shower and toilets, it has all the facilities.
Taste Saint-Chamas local products
The vineyard of Suriane produces rosé, red and white wines (AOP Coteaux d’Aix-en-Provence) and even some specialities : sparkling wines made with a traditional method, and a wine heated with wood fire which is very popular in Provence during Christmas period. The vineyard also produces its own olives oils from its fields.
Domaine de Suriane: Monday to Saturday from 9am to 7pm – Chemin Départemental 10, 13250 Saint-Chamas.
As regards local and artisan food, Saint-Chamas is the place where Marius Bernard fine deli was born. The deli celebrates Provence cuisine and flavours offering a diverse range of gourmet products: « tapenade » (olive’s puree), fish soup, « riste d’aubergines » (eggplant’s puree) or ratatouille.