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.

Information provided by Provence Tourisme

Nearby

  1. Le Gite Du Vigueirat

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  2. Les Gites Du Vieux Mas 2

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  3. Les Gites Du Vieux Mas 1

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Where to stay

Les Gites Du Vieux Mas 1
Holiday rental

Les Gites Du Vieux Mas 1

Arles

Fully air-conditioned adjoining cottages. On the ground floor a kitchen living room with dishwasher, fridge, washing machine, cooker, convertible, TV TNT.The first floor, 2 bedrooms, one with a bed 140, one with 2 beds in 90, bathroom.The outside garden with terrace and pool, garden furniture and…

Les Gites Du Vieux Mas 2
Holiday rental

Les Gites Du Vieux Mas 2

Arles

Fully air-conditioned adjoining cottages.On the ground floor a kitchen living room with dishwasher, fridge, washing machine, cooker, convertible, TV TNT.At floor 2 bedrooms, one with a 140 bed, one with 2 beds in 90, bathroom.The outside garden with terrace and pool, garden furniture and barbecue.

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

Bureau des Guides Naturalistes
Outdoor leisure

Bureau des Guides Naturalistes

Arles

Accompany the public during visits to the marshes of the Vigueirat and development of the association

Manade Albert Chapelle
Family recreation

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…

Etang des Aulnes
Lake/Pond

Etang des Aulnes

Saint Martin de Crau

Le Domaine est propriété du Conseil Départemental des Bouches-du-Rhône. Il se situe dans la Crau, près de Saint Martin de Crau. Il abrite une ancienne bâtisse de style provençal, une résidence pour artistes et une salle de concerts en plein air. Il y a un parc arboré et une étendue…

Inspirations

The Marseille Thriller Novel – Crime School (PART2)

The Marseille Thriller Novel – Crime School (PART2)

Drawing its inspiration from the city's sulphurous reputation since the early 20th century, this literary movement is a spinoff from the 'Roman Noir' crime novel

The soap

The soap

Tradition

'Savon de Marseille', how to tell the real from the fake

Chichis and panisses

Chichis and panisses

What will it be - 'Chichis Frégis' or 'Panisses'?! Make your choice at The Estaque quarter of Marseille.

La Poutargue

La Poutargue

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