Parc naturel régional de Camargue
Saintes Maries de la Mer, Port Saint Louis du Rhône, Arles - Nature Park
Vast alluvial plain created by the ongoing struggle between the Rhone River and the Mediterranean Sea, Camargue is a fragile territory, where alternate areas of lagoons, brackish ponds, dunes, freshwater marshes and reedbedsThe formation of the Rhône delta and its evolving over the centuries have shaped a specific landscape, characterized by the absence of relief, in which two large areas can be distinguished. To the North, the fluvio-lacustrine Camargue down south along the arm of the River: it is the field of fresh water and crops, particularly of rice. South of the delta, the Camargue laguno-marine is subject to the influence of salt: the huge, shallow lagoons as well as expanses of sansouire (natural environment marked by the presence of salt and halophytic plants) stretching out of sight give one side both wild and attractive. The National Reserve of Camargue, which includes the Vaccarès pond, is the heart.Unique french delta of this magnitude, the Camargue, stands out in Europe by the biological richness of its ecosystems and is a site of international reputation for breeding and migratory water birds. One-third of the french territory ducks are winters from September to March, and is the only breeding area in Europe for the pink flamingos that feed on crustaceans lowercase which abound in saline waters. Among the many species nesting there, there are herons, including Bittern, terns, bee-eaters about the shorebirds and passerines, they make a stop in the Camargue in their Europe/Africa trip in the fall and early springIf the diversity of natural environments in appearance leaves little room to humans, human activities are pervasive in the Camargue. Also, the breeding of bulls and horses bred Camargue (herds), rice, fishing at sea or in ponds, and the subsidence contribute significantly to the preservation of this wetland.To understand this territory, several options to visitors as borrow hiking trails and discovery (Mas de Rousty bridge, the Palisades, the Capelière, the ornithological park, the marshes of Vigueirat), circulate in mountain biking on the dike to the sea, allow themselves to be guided by a Camargue horse or even live a day at a rate of a bulls manade.
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Parc naturel régional de Camargue
Port Saint Louis du Rhône
Saintes Maries de la Mer
Where to stay
MAS of paddy fields
50m² independant gîte with 30m² patio, in an authentic Camargue Mas at the heart of the Camargue Regional Nature Park, close to the Vaccarès lagoon, 10 minutes from Arles. In the countryside, amidst the rice paddies, absolutely quiet, private garden. The furnished accommodation includes 2…
Le Château d'Eau
In Camargue, gite adjoining the gite G14, in the heart of the regional park, in a typical farmhouse of bull and horse breeders. Options you may request and subject to the owner's availability : visit of the ranch work, full and half-day horseback riding at 30 km of the gite. Ground floor :…
Gîte de l'Etoile
In Gageron on the road of Salins de Giraud south of Arles, fully independent house on fully fenced. A terrace, covered on the south side, surrounds the house on 2 sides. The owners live 500m and give access to their swimming pool (fenced + shelter): 10x17 m - depth 1.20 to 1.80m - accessible from…
At 10 mn from Arles, but already in Camargue, two adjacent gites (with the gite G185), in the heart of the regional park, on the property of bulls and horses breeders. On request, and subject to the owner's availability : visit of the ''manade'' (herd) and ranch operations, full or half-day…
In the heart of the Camargue regional park, gite situated in the middle of the nature, in a traditional farmhouse including 2 other gites and the owners' home. Groundfloor : living-room (sofa-bed for 2 pers.) with fireplace (20€for the Œ stere). Kitchen (microwave, washing-machine,…
Welcome in the Regional Natural Park of Camargue, in the property of horses and bulls breeders. You will enjoy a spacious gite situated in an authentic farmhouse with an independent entrance on a private garden with trees. Groundfloor : large kitchen. Living-room/dining-room with fireplace (wood…
Le Mas Montredon
Mas Montredon is a 15th century farmhouse located in the heart of the Camargue Regional Natural Park, just 9 km from Arles.Hervé mountain guide and Isabelle have set up 5 guest rooms with the scent of travel and adventure, with an average surface area of 30 m2.Each of them evokes a flagship…
Things to do
Hotel Longo Maï
Starting from Arles, take the D36 in the direction of Salin de Giraud. Along the way, you will come across a small village, Le Sambuc and its Longo Maï hotel and restaurant. You can leave your car here and continue by bike. The hotel offers mountain bike or hybrid bike rental by the day, week or…
A Mas lost in the midst of the luxuriant Camargue, hundreds of hectares of glasswort, tamarisk, marshland, bulls (Rami was twice named 'Golden Bull'), horses, arenas, etc. You are at the Mas des Bernacles. In two huge, fully renovated rooms, Jacques Mailhan can host between 30 and 200 people,…
Domaine Saint Vincent - Mas Valériole
A family estate that combines quality wines with respect for its exceptional natural environment. In the heart of the Camargue, two brothers cultivate the vine and offer white white, bleeding roses and reds to enjoy in the setting preserved an authentic camarguais mas.
Where to eat
A chic-country atmosphere, beautiful people sheltering from the sun under wide straw hats provided by the restaurant, plus an immense flowering garden where many of the organic fruit & vegetables used in the kitchens are grown… How could one resist the charms of La Chassagnette? Chef Armand…
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