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Subject: Luftflotte 3, De Havilland DH.88, Istres-Le Tubé Air Base, Arrondissement of Istres, Strategic Air Forces Command
Collection: Communes of Bouches-Du-Rhône, Subprefectures in France
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Shops in Istres
Shops in Istres
Coat of arms of Istres
Coat of arms
Istres is located in France
Country France
Region Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur
Department Bouches-du-Rhône
Arrondissement Istres
Canton Istres Nord and Istres Sud
Intercommunality Ouest Provence
 • Mayor (2008–2014) François Bernardini
Area1 113.73 km2 (43.91 sq mi)
Population (2008)2 42,603
 • Density 370/km2 (970/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 13047 / 13800
Elevation 0–120 m (0–394 ft)
(avg. 20 m or 66 ft)

1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km² (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

2 Population without double counting: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.

Istres (French pronunciation: ​) (Occitan: Istre) is a commune in southern France, some 60 km (38 mi) northwest of Marseille. It is in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region, in the Bouches-du-Rhône department, of which it is a subprefecture. Its inhabitants are called Istréens and Istréennes.


  • Location 1
  • Sports 2
  • Population 3
  • Sights 4
  • See also 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7


Istres is adjacent to the étang de Berre lagoon (the largest in Europe) and the étang de l'Olivier lagoon. It is located some 60 km (38 mi) north-west of Marseille, 20 km (13 mi) south-west of Salon-de-Provence, 10 km (6 mi) north of Martigues and 45 km (28 mi) south-east of Arles. Istres is also adjacent to the plaine de la Crau and the Camargue national park.

Istres has a Mediterranean climate characterised by mild, humid winters and hot, dry summers. January and February are the coldest months, averaging temperatures of around 7 °C. July and August are the hottest months. The mean summer temperature is around 24 °C (75 °F) with an average maximum temperature around 32°C. The amount of precipitation is around 566 mm (22 inches) per year. The Mistral, a cold and often violent wind, blows through the city mostly in winter and spring.


The city has numerous sports facilities and exactly 102 clubs. Each year a race is organized around the Etang de l'Olivier. Many runners participate.



Istres is the home of the Le Tubé Air Base (Istres-Le Tubé Air Base or BA 125). This air base was one of 3 utilized by NASA as a contingency landing site for the Space Shuttle in the case of a Transoceanic Abort Landing (TAL).[1] Istres shared this responsibility with Zaragoza, Spain and Moron, Spain.

See also


  1. ^ "France to assist NASA with the future launches of the Space Shuttle". Retrieved 2009-09-27. 

External links

  • Official website
  • Satellite view with Wikimapia

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