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Gateway to Provence

The Bouches-du-Rhone department is located in the Southeast of the Provence-Cote-d'Azur region and has a population of just under 1.8 million. Like the vast majority of departments, this one is named after the river the runs through it. The mountainous North gives way to an urbanised South where the majority of this population is dispersed. Marseille is the largest town and also the departmental capital.

Capital of the South

Marseille is France's second largest city with a population of 1.23 million. It is highly cosmopolitan with a diverse mix of inhabitants. The majority immigrated to here from the Mediterranean basin, West Africa and Indochina. Recently, the town has been given a new sense of vigour, thanks to the high speed TGV rail link to Paris. This means that more and more Parisians are seeing the city as an ideal place to spend a summer vacation in the South. The city has earned its reputation as the capital of Southern France.

Vibrant Aix

To the North you will find Aix-en-Provence, a city at complete contrasts to the hustle and bustle of Marseille. Nicknamed Aix (pronounced like the letter x), it is an esteemed University town which once bestowed its teaching upon a young man named Nostradamus. It makes an ideal break from Marseille, although traffic here can be very busy. If you are here in the summer then it is a perfect place in which to learn the French language, no matter what level you are at.

The unspoilt plains

In the West of the department, where the Rhone River meets the Mediterranean Sea you will find a vast land of marshes and ponds which is home to herons, cormorants and stunning pink flamingos. A number of rice plantations have also been established here.

Historical Arles

If you travel North from here you will come across the ancient town of Arles. Arles was established by the Greeks as far back as the 6th century BC. In 123 BC the Romans took over and made it into a strategic town with a canal linking it to the Mediterranean Sea. Arles had always failed to escape the regional dominance of Marseille. However an abrupt change in fortune came when Arles decided to support Julius Caesar over the general Pompey. Marseille, on the other hand, made the decision to back Pompey. After Caesar's political victory, he decided to reward those most loyal to him by stripping Marseille of its most prized possessions and giving them to Arles.

How do I get there?

Marseille has its own airport, which has regular direct flights to/from the UK with various airlines. If you are travelling to the west of the department then you may wish to consider flying to either Nimes or Montpellier, both of which have regular flights from the UK. If wanting to reach the north of the department, Avignon airport in Vaucluse might be the best option. And with the TGV line linking Marseille to Paris, you can easily reach this department by train.

Bouches-du-Rhone property prices

The fantastic Mediterranean climate, sandy beaches and interesting history means that there is a thriving property market. Both Marseille and Aix-en-Provence have great potential for renting out. To take the latter as an example, a property costing €180,000 can return about €13,500 a month from rentals.

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Bouches-du-Rhône AT A GLANCE

WHERE IS Bouches-du-Rhône?

Bouches-du-Rhone is in the south-west of Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur on the Mediterranean.

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