The many faces of Camargue

Art of living - Off the beaten tracks

See the many faces of Camargue on a tour that promises a refreshing change of scenery away from the usual tourist sites! Visit the Langlois Bridge, made famous in several paintings by Van Gogh, before exploring the ecosystem in Le Vigueirat. Then make your way to the Tour Saint-Louis and onwards to Napoleon beach where you can try your hand at kite surfing. In the afternoon, head to Domaine de la Palissade, an ideal destination to observe Camargue's wildlife. La Chassagnette in Arles is our recommendation for dinner where the original menu is prepared by a top chef.

Arles: visit the famous Pont Van Gogh

Pont Van Gogh Canal d'Arles à Bouc 13200 Arles

Start the day in the fresh air by visiting the famous Pont Van Gogh or Langlois Bridge painted many times by the artist. While it's not the original bridge, it has been reconstructed to be a faithful copy of the painter's model and home made famous by his artwork. Anyone with an interest in civil engineering will be fascinated by this drawbridge made mainly from wood. The movable structure is made up of two sections each measuring more than eight metres in length. An Historic Monument worth a detour.

Arles: Marais du Vigueirat, a fabulous ecosystem

Les Marais du Vigueirat Cabanes de l'Etourneau 13104 Arles

Venture onwards to the Marais du Vigueirat, a marsh situated at the point where Camargue meets the Crau Plain. This wild oasis is a habitat for over 200 species of bird, a multitude of plants and, of course, herds of Camargue horses. Want to know more? You can visit this beautifully natural region which supports sustainable tourism on foot along the Sentier des Cabanes trail or in a horse-drawn carriage!

  • Pass MyProvence

Port Saint-Louis: Napoleon beach, a long strip of nearly-deserted sand

Plage Napoleon

Explore further by driving or cycling along the bike path opened in 2006 to Plage Napoléon. This beach of fine sand is 10 km long and has a number of seaside leisure amenities. Patrolled swimming in summer. It's an ideal spot to get to grips with wind surfing or kitesurfing.

Arles: a visit to Domaine de la Palissade

Domaine de La Palissade 13129 Arles

From Port-Saint-Louis, take the Barcarin ferry across to Arles. Once on dry land, make your way to Domaine de la Palissade, 702 hectares of nature reserve stretching from the Rhône to the Med. On foot or horseback, the guided tours will introduce you to the local flora and fauna and let you explore the rich Camargue landscapes which include dunes, reedbeds, bullrushes, marshland and more. You can even take a free tour of the solar power station set in the reserve. Something for everyone!

Arles: dinner at the gastronomic restaurant, La Chassagnette

Chassagnette Mas de la Chassagnette Route Du Sambuc 13200 Arles

For dinner, book a table at La Chassagnette (1 Michelin star, 3 Gault & Millau toques and Tables 13 certified). In the heart of Camargue, chef Armand Arnal welcomes you into a converted sheep barn surrounded by a vast vegetable garden. Your taste buds will be pleasantly surprised with dishes like tomatoes marinated in garum and mint oil, prawns with vegetables and broth or a trio of peach, redcurrants and verbena served with an almond milk emulsion. Absolutely delicious!

  • Tables 13

Can't-miss experiences

  • Learning from enthusiastic guides all about how a fragile ecosystem functions
  • Picnicking on sandy beaches that stretch as far as the eye can see
  • Visiting La Palissade for an opportunity to go horse-riding

We love

  • Experiencing the wild beauty of Camargue at a nature reserve
  • Feeling like you've stepped into a painting by a great master by visiting the iconic sites immortalised by Van Gogh

The best time to visit

  • Early May to attend the Camargue and Delta du Rhône festivals
  • In October for the bullfighting events in Port-Saint-Louis (Course Camarguaise and Roussataio)
  • Theme

    Art of living, Off the beaten tracks

  • Duration

    1 day

  • Transport means

    Personal vehicle

  • Visited cities

    Arles, Port Saint Louis du Rhône

  • Ideal for

    All year round

Discover other itineraries

Essential Martigues

Your tour of Martigues is designed for lazy contemplation and new discoveries. It's a quiet town so you might be surprised to see such rich heritage there, from the Annonciade Chapel to Fort Bouc and the Ziem Museum. The 'Venice of Provence' has a strong artistic legacy and you won't fail to be enchanted by the legendary 'Miroir aux Oiseaux', the place that gave so much inspiration to great masters. All rounded off with a gourmet meal on the canal side, what more could you want?

Shopping in Cours Julien, Marseille by So Girly Blog

A delightful mix of street art and designer shops, you just can’t miss a visit to the Cours Julien! Workshops, boutiques and designer collectives blend into the arty confusion of this neighbourhood with its walls covered in street art. Drift through the Cours, discover its streets and fill yourself with Marseille culture, paintings, music and jewellery and don’t forget to stop for a snack!

Marseille, cultural city break – outside the city

This cultural tour around the streets of Marseille will give you the opportunity to admire the city's rich modern and contemporary art collections and steer you towards the roads less travelled. Begin with the Cantini Museum moments from the city's main shopping streets. Then follow the Corniche roadway to Borély's decorative arts museum. After stopping for lunch, leave the museum grounds in the direction of the MAC to see some 800 contemporary artworks. Next, make your way to the 'Maison du Fada', a local name for the 'Radiant City' imagined by the architect Le Corbusier and visit the MAMO on its roof. Finish at the Palais Longchamp.


The bouillabaisse of Marseille

The bouillabaisse of Marseille

Bouillabaisse, an ancient treasure and epic adventure...

The accent

The accent

Art de vivre

The accent: our identity



Francis lived happily close beside his tree...

Picked ripe from the tree, figs are simply to die for. They can also be scattered on trays and left to dry in the sun for 3 days: "That's the best way to keep your figs all winter – we serve figs at Christmas as one of Provence's famous 13 Desserts," smiles Jacqueline Honoré.



The Gourmet's New Eldorado

It had all but disappeared from the markets, but then – perhaps as a result of Halloween arriving in France – squash made a big comeback on our stalls just over a decade ago

Serving tourism

Provence Tourisme est une association loi 1901. Sa mission, confiée par le Département : promouvoir le tourisme dans les Bouches-du-Rhône dans le respect de l’environnement et des habitants et garantir aux visiteurs un accueil de qualité.

The best of the destination

En accord avec les aspirations et les goûts de chacun, Provence Tourisme propose d’incontournables valeurs sûres comme des conseils pour sortir des sentiers battus, grâce à sa connaissance profonde du terrain et de par sa neutralité commerciale.