Saint Chamas

saint chamas, french riviera

15 km from Salon de Provence, 16 km from La Barben, 17 km from Martigues, 18 km from Aureille, 25 km from Carro, 25 km from Sausset les Pins, 28 km from Paradou

Altitude: 0 to 121 m
Population: 6661

Saint-Chamas is a small village on the banks of the Étang de Berre. The Colline du Baou splits the village in two, marking the boundaries of its two main districts, Pertuis and Delà. A mix of limestone and blue cobalt, the hill is a must-see for tourists. The area known as the Collet du Verdon is home to some of the earliest traces of human settlement, dating back to the Palaeolithic era, and was inhabited for more than 10,000 years. The highest point in the village at 121 metres above sea level, it is protected by overhanging rocks. The archaeological finds unearthed in the area can be seen at the communal museum.

bridge flavien

Renowned artists such as René Seyssaud, Maurice Berle and Jean Ordonneaud have fallen in love with Saint-Chamas and immortalised it in their work.

What to see and visit: the Flavian bridge (built by the Romans in the first century BC); the Plan de l'Horloge aqueduct; burial caves; the church; the marina.
Recommended activities: walking and mountain bike routes.