Itinéraire 2 : Des Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer à Arles

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The heritage of Camargue is rich in preserved natural areas, historic sites and typical places of local culture. By linking Saintes-Maries in Arles, different stopovers are possible, such as the ornithological park of Pont de Gau, the home of Park natural Regional de Camargue or the castle of Avignon, all the more interesting that it combines the arts and architecture. Nature is present everywhere, spreading its rice fields and ponds, while emerge in places of mas and huts of guardians (blanched in milk of lime and umbrella Reed-walled houses) lurking at the end of a path. A stop at a small restaurant in the corner will be the opportunity to sample the gardianne of Bull. And the discovery of Arles take you perhaps to the Museum of Ancient Arles, in edge of Rhône.

Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer - RD570

Saintes Maries de la Mer

Au départ de l’office du tourisme des Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer, prenez la RD570 en direction d’Arles. Poursuivez sur cette route jusqu’à Arles.

Parc ornithologique et maison du Parc Naturel - RD570

Saintes Maries de la Mer

Vous passez devant le parc ornithologique et la maison du Parc Naturel Régional de Camargue sur votre droite.

Château d’Avignon - RD570

Saintes Maries de la Mer

Vous apercevrez le château d’Avignon sur votre gauche.

Musée de la Camargue - RD570

Saintes Maries de la Mer

Vous croiserez le musée de la Camargue, prenez le temps d’y faire une halte !

Arles

Saintes Maries de la Mer

A l’approche d’Arles, au giratoire avec la RN113, prenez la direction « Arles-centre » puis « Office de Tourisme » qui se situe sur le Boulevard des Lices.

Information provided by Bouches du Rhône Tourisme

  • Town of arrival

    Arles

  • Organiser

    Comité Départemental du Tourisme 13
  • Transport means

    Personal vehicle

  • Distance

    37km

  • Duration

    1/2 day

  • Phone

    • 04 91 13 84 13
  • Fax

    04 91 33 01 82

  • Website

  • Download topo map

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