La Crau

Saint Martin de Crau - Plain/Valley/Delta

At the foot of the Alpilles mountains, between the Camargue and the Berre lagoon, the Crau plain covers 600 km². Two Crau are clearly distinguished:
The more fertile northern green Crau, enhanced by irrigation by Adam de Craponne, and where several cultures are grown, including the production of "Crau hay" (AOC), particularly renowned for its nutritional value.
The dry Crau lies to the South. This semi-desert rocky plain has vegetation adapted to the climatic rigours. This landscape is called the "coussoul" in Provençal and this is where sheep have grazed since antiquity. This pastoral practice helps maintain a unique ecosystem, home to many birds including the stone curlew, the Egyptian vulture, the little bustard or the sand grouse, which only live in France in the Crau.
At Saint-Martin-de-Crau, the ecomuseum reveals the natural and human heritage of this region: fauna, flora, traditions... Admission is free and temporary exhibitions, addressing the different aspects Crau, are renewed every three or four months. The ecomuseum also issues permits access (surcharge) to the Peau de Meau Nature Reserve to discover the fauna and flora of the Crau.

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  2. Le Tilleul

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  3. Le Bergamote

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Where to stay

Le Bergamote
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Le Bergamote

Arles

The Bastidettes are new houses with contemporary design: soft and relaxing colours, great facilities, calm and open spaces. At 15 minutes of Arles, in the countryside, between the plain of the Crau and Camargue and in the middle of touristic sites with various landscapes, the Bastidettes are…

Le Tilleul
Holiday rental

Le Tilleul

Saint Martin de Crau

Between Alpilles and Camargue, on a beautiful working farming concern on the plain of La Crau, near the Etang des Aulnes and the ecological reserve of Peau de Meau. 3 gites adjoining the owners' farmhouse, shaded property. Shared entrance. Ground floor : kitchen/living-room with fireplace (wood…

Le Gite Du Vigueirat
Holiday rental

Le Gite Du Vigueirat

Arles

Véronique and Jean Pierre, offer to do pause Provence to the House of the Vigueirat rated 4 * by Bouches du Rhône tourism, near Arles, city historical heritage exceptional.This House of the seventeenth century, at Mas-Thibert, on a private land of 3 hectares with trees, has retained all its…

Things to do

Domaine de la Forêt
Wines

Domaine de la Forêt

Arles

Covering 120 hectares of vineyards, the area of the forest is located on the left bank of the Rhône river, between Mas Thibert and Port St Louis du Rhone. We practise reasoned agriculture and the entire production is vinified on-site in our cellars with traditional methods.

Manade Albert Chapelle
Ranch

Manade Albert Chapelle

Saint Martin de Crau

Located in the middle of large green spaces, the Manade Albert Chapel invites you to share its Camargue traditions. The day begins with the welcome with a guard of honor of the guardians, then visit towed cart bulls. Sorting of young bulls and marking (ferrade). Bullfighting and Equestrian events…

Maison de la Transhumance
Eco-museum

Maison de la Transhumance

Salon de Provence

Home of Transhumance, interpretation of Mediterranean pastoral culture centre, will open its doors to the 2010/2011 year into the fold of the domain of Alders, property of the General Council of Bouches.In a magnificent setting, it will cover an area of more than 500 m². It will first offer on…

Maison des chauves-souris
Eco-museum

Maison des chauves-souris

Arles

La Maison des chauves-souris a été réalisée dans le cadre du programme européen Life+ Chiro Med coordonné par le Syndicat mixte de gestion du Parc naturel régional de Camargue, dans la continuité du Sentier Homme et Nature initié en 2013 avec Marseille-Provence, capitale européenne de…

Inspirations

Tradition

The Three Kings Cake

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Art de vivre

The accent

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Terroir

The Sea Urchin

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