Parc naturel régional de Camargue

Saintes Maries de la Mer, Port Saint Louis du Rhône, Arles - Plain/Valley/Delta

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.

Information provided by Bouches du Rhône Tourisme

Nearby

  1. Vaccarès

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  2. MAS of the Forge

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  3. Mistral

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  4. Terrasse Sud

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Where to stay

Vaccarès
Holiday rental

Vaccarès

Arles

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,…

La Pergola
Holiday rental

La Pergola

Arles

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…

Le Romarin
Holiday rental

Le Romarin

Arles

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…

MAS of paddy fields
B&B

MAS of paddy fields

Arles

Located 10 minutes away from Arles and close to the Vaccarès lagoon. At the heart of the Carmargue Regional Nature Park, authentic Camargue Mas, entirely renovated in a 3 hectare estate with a 12 by 5 metre swimming pool in the garden. Two guest rooms, in the middle of the countryside, with a…

Terrasse Sud
Holiday rental

Terrasse Sud

Arles

In an exceptional environment, the Mas Antonelle has preserved the delicate balance between farming, rice cultivation and conservation. With the authenticity of Camarguese tradition, the owner will welcome you in his 5 gites (13G260303/13G281155/13G791005/13G870822). Ground floor: fitted kitchen.…

Fort De Paques
Holiday rental

Fort De Paques

Arles

Gd fl: Kitchen. Living rm with fireplace (wood provided). 1 twin bedrm. Shower rm, WC. 1st fl: 1 bedrm with 1 double bed & 1 child's bed with bathrm. 1 bedrm with bunk beds. 1 twin bedrm. 1 double bedrm. WC. 2 extra single beds. Elec heating. Large Camargue gîte adjoining the owners' house on a…

Mas De L'ancienne Ecole
Holiday rental

Mas De L'ancienne Ecole

Arles

Gite in nature between Camargue and Alpilles. The cottage is located on a large estate with 19th century mas, 3 km from Arles and its amenities (shopping centre). You can enjoy a lush and authentic environment (herds), a garden with furniture and barbecue area and a swimming pool 10 x 5…

MAS of the Forge
B&B

MAS of the Forge

Arles

Mas located in the Camargue near the pond of Vaccarès

Mas Saint Gerain
B&B

Mas Saint Gerain

Arles

In the heart of the wild Camargue where we breed horses and bulls, our spacious 35 m² rooms are located in the first floor of Mas, Monique and Pierre's House.It can each accommodate a couple and formula suite 'Chamber of the South' opens to a second room and can thus accommodate five people.The…

Things to do

Bobby field
Wines

Bobby field

Arles

A monastic property, a family operation. At a stone's throw from Arles, in the direction of the Saintes, an authentic Camargue area. For three generations, Bonistalli family operates land now owned by Benedictine monks.

The paper workshop
Craftsman

The paper workshop

Arles

Trained in Japan for 1 year, with a master papermaker recognized intangible heritage of Unesco, Benoît Dudognon mounted a workshop paper (washi) in the South of the France. September 29, 2014 at UNESCO in Paris, he was awarded the Unesco biospheres trophies. He worked paper as its 21 years. He…

Manade Mailhan
Ranch

Manade Mailhan

Arles

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,…

Hotel Longo Maï
Bicycle hire

Hotel Longo Maï

Arles

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…

Domaine Saint Vincent - Mas Valériole
Wines

Domaine Saint Vincent - Mas Valériole

Arles

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.

Manade St Germain
Producer

Manade St Germain

Arles

Breeding of Camargue bulls and horses. The Vadon family offers one-hour visits to the Mas and its horse-breeding operation in a 4x4. In the evening from 5 pm by appointment. Individuals and small groups only.

Where to eat

Telline
Cuisine de Provence

Telline

Arles

We work exclusively with products from our beautiful region: the Camargue.The taste, the refinement and the warm atmosphere of our restaurant are the basis of our passion.

Chandoke
Food guide restaurant

Chandoke

Arles

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…

Inspirations

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