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The es­sen­tial in­for­ma­tion and key con­tacts you’ll need for a life in Bouches-du-Rhône

Bouches-du-Rhône is a de­part­ment of no­table con­trast, from moun­tains and plains to the rugged Calan­ques and the wild Ca­mar­gue na­ture park. As well as the cos­mopoli­tan cap­i­tal of Mar­seille – a hub for com­merce, cul­ture and shop­ping – there are many in­ter­est­ing ports and towns to ex­plore. POP­U­LA­TION

2,006,069 (2014) Source: insee.fr

CLI­MATE

Marig­nane Av­er­age min temp: 10.8ºC Av­er­age max temp: 20.2ºC Av­er­age num­ber of rainy days in a year: 53.2 Av­er­age num­ber of days with good sun in a year: 169.85

EX­PAT GROUPS

Mediter­ranean An­gloAmer­i­can Busi­ness Net­work World Trade Cen­ter Mar­seille Provence 2 Rue Henri Bar­busse 13241 Mar­seille Cedex 01 Sup­port­ing Franco-Amer­i­can and Franco-Bri­tish busi­ness and cul­tural re­la­tions. maabn.fr

Poly­glot Club The club or­gan­ises a ‘ soirée poly­glotte’ ev­ery Tues­day evening from 8pm at O’Neal’s Ir­ish Pub on 15 Rue d’Italie, 13100 Aix-en-Provence. Up to 100 par­tic­i­pants of all ages, na­tion­al­i­ties and lev­els meet up to make friends and learn new lan­guages. poly­glot­club.com

An­glo-Amer­i­can Group of Provence The group con­sists of about 400 fam­i­lies of English-speak­ing na­tion­als liv­ing in or around the Bouches-du-Rhône, Vau­cluse and Var area. aagp-provence.com

ED­U­CA­TION

School term dates Bouches-du-Rhône is in Zone B. ed­u­ca­tion.gouv.fr

Search for school league ta­bles by de­part­ment at: lin­ter­naute.com/ville/lycee/ bouches-du-rhone/de­parte­ment-13

MAR­KETS NOT TO BE MISSED

Mar­seille Fish Mar­ket, VieuxPort, ev­ery day un­til 1pm. Held ev­ery day at the bot­tom of La Canebière, the city’s main thor­ough­fare.

Mar­seille Farm­ers’ Mar­ket, Cours Julien, ev­ery Wed­nes­day morn­ing. 100% farm pro­duce from the lo­cal area. Sam­ple the best veg­eta­bles, meats and breads that the area has to of­fer.

Farm­ers’ mar­ket, Aubagne, Cours Voltaire, Satur­days and Sun­days The mar­ket at­tracts lo­cal pro­duc­ers ad­her­ing to a strict qual­ity char­ter, grouped un­der the ‘Jardins des Pays d’Aubagne’ la­bel.

Marché des Prêcheurs, Aix-enProvence, Place des Prêcheurs, Tues­days, Thurs­days and week­ends. Browse a va­ri­ety of pro­duce in­clud­ing fabrics, pot­tery, as well as bread, fruit, veg­eta­bles and spices.

Arles mar­ket, Boule­vard des Lices, Satur­day. This is a large mar­ket with stalls stretch­ing along the 2km boule­vard sell­ing a va­ri­ety of pro­duce and cloth­ing.

WORK AND BUSI­NESS OP­POR­TU­NI­TIES

CCI Mar­seille Provence Palais de la bourse CS 21856 13221 Mar­seille Cedex 01 ccimp.com

Cham­bre des no­taires des Bouches-du-Rhône 77 Boule­vard Périer 13008 Mar­seille cham­bre-bouches-du-rhone. no­taires.fr

GET­TING THERE

Reg­u­lar flights from UK air­ports serve Mar­seille air­port in­clud­ing Bri­tish Air­ways, Ryanair and easy­Jet. A Eurostar ser­vice from Lon­don St Pan­cras ar­rives in 6½ hours.

WHERE TO STAY

Auberge Caval­ière du Pont des Bannes Route d’Arles 13460 Stes-Maries-de-la-Mer Tel: 00 33 (0) 4 90 97 88 88 auberge­cav­a­liere.com

La Taulière St-Martin-de-Crau, 13310 Tel: 00 33 (0) 6 73 87 40 35 latauliere.com

WHERE TO EAT

Le Grand Guste 31 Boule­vard Notre Dame 13006 Mar­seille Tel: 00 33 (0) 4 91 53 17 82

Res­tau­rant Saisons 8 Rue Ste-Vic­toire 13006 Mar­seille Tel: 00 33 (0) 9 51 89 18 38 res­tau­rant-saisons.com

GET­TING AROUND

TER: Trains Ex­press Ré­gionaux 0800 11 40 23 ter-sncf.com/paca

Bus Cartreize is a bus net­work of­fer­ing fast, modern bus jour­neys in the de­part­ment. cartreize.com

There are a num­ber of bus net­works in­clud­ing Aix en Bus (serv­ing the Pays d’Aix) aix­en­bus.fr; Ciotabus (serv­ing La Cio­tat) ciotabus.fr and En­via (serv­ing Arles, Boul­bon, St-Martinde-Crau, St-Pierre-de-Mé­zoar­gues and Taras­con) tout-en­via.fr

See the full list of bus op­er­a­tors at pacamo­bilite.fr

USE­FUL WEB­SITES

myprovence.fr touris­mepaca.fr provenceweb.fr Con­seil dé­parte­men­tal: de­parte­ment13.fr

De­part­ment: Bouches-du-Rhône Re­gion: Provence-AlpesCôte d’Azur Cap­i­tal: Mar­seille

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