Martigues is a commune northwest of Marseille. It's part of Bouches-du-Rhône department in Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region on the eastern end of Canal de Caronte. Nicknamed "Provençale Venice", Martigues is a point of passage between Mediterranean Sea and Sea of Martigues (now Etang de Berre), near Cote d'Azur (French Riviera). Martigues'total area is 71.44 km2 (27.58 ml2). In 2008 the population of Martigues was 46,470 people.
Martigues was established in 1232 by Ramon Berenguer IV, count of Provence. The village was built on a former Roman camp site (Maritima Avaticorum). The charm of its bridges, docks and canals made it "The Venice of Provence". Martigues possesses its cooperative winery "La Venise provencale": Coteaux d'Aix en Provence (rose wine), red and white wines, fruit juices and natural oils in the area. Main varietals are Syrah, Cinsault, Carignan, Clairette, Grenache.
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