Discover enchanting Camargue
Located between the two branches of the Rhone River (the Camargue is a delta with the Grand Rhone on the southeast side and the Petit Rhone on the southwest), these vast wetlands cover about 100,000 hectares and are among the most beautiful sites in europe. Its fauna and flora, protected by the Regional Park of Camargue, offer an exceptional treasure. It can be divided into three different zones: the agriculture in the north, the saltworks on the west and east sides, and the lagoons and dunes on the south.
One hundred farms raise Camargue horses and bulls there. For the « gardian » or Camargue cowherd, the horse is first and foremost a companion, but also a workmate. And by man’s intervention, nature has been preserved thanks to the creation of the Regional Nature Park and the nature preserve, including sites open to the public. The Camargue is also a bird sanctuary. About 400 species of birds have been spotted here, including the pink flamingo, the symbol of the Camargue birds.
What to see?
Arles, town of the delta of the Rhône
Arles is located where the Rhône River splits in two, creating the Grand Rhone and the Petit Rhone. It is a strategic spot, the gateway to the Camargue, where trade has always played an important role, along the roads and waterways. Since 1991 the port of Arles can receive river and sea-going vessels of up to 3000 tons. The Arles dock is an inescapable stop for the luxurious cruise boats travelling up and down the river, and even into the Mediterranean (for instance the Rome - Avignon cruise via Arles).
Arles is also in a strategic position because it is located at the intersection of two major land routes across Western Europe (the North-South road along the Rhône River valley, and the East-West road between Italy and Spain).
More information on www.tourisme.ville-arles.fr
The Domaine de la Palissade covers 702 hectares between Salin-de-Giraud and the seacoast on the right bank of the Grand Rhône. The land is located outside the dikes protecting the lower Camargue from flooding by river or sea water, and is thus home to specific plants and animals that make it particularly interesting from an ecological viewpoint.
Situated at 4 km from Les Saintes-Maries de la Mer, the Ornithological park of Pont de Gau offers a walking tour on 60 hectares of natural spaces devoted to wild fauna and flora of Camargue.