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 byBouches du Rhône Tourisme

  • Surrounding cities

    Arles
    Port Saint Louis du Rhône
    Saintes Maries de la Mer

Nearby

  1. Le Romarin

    Holiday rental

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  2. Chez Bob

    Food guide restaurant

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  3. Le Château d'Eau

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  4. Mistral

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Where to stay

Mistral
Holiday rental

Mistral

Arles

In the heart of the Camargue regional park, pretty gite situated in the middle of the nature in a traditional farmhouse that includes two other gites and the owners' home. Ground floor : kitchen/living-room with a beautiful fireplace (20 € for a 1/4 stere), microwave, washing-machine,…

Mas de l'Ange
B&B

Mas de l'Ange

Arles

Lovely private room in a typical Camargue farmhouse just 10 minutes from the centre of Arles in the Camargue Regional Nature Park on the route to Salin de Giraud. Quiet, landscaped setting. Swimming pool for fine weather. 28m ² guest room for 2 people with double bed 160 - 200cm, private…

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…

Le Château d'Eau
Holiday rental

Le Château d'Eau

Arles

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 :…

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…

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 the Forge
B&B

MAS of the Forge

Arles

Mas located in the Camargue near the pond of Vaccarès

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.…

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…

Things to do

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.

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…

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,…

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…

Where to eat

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…

Chez Bob
Food guide restaurant

Chez Bob

Arles

Cuisine by the fireplace. Décor, posters and paintings, friendly atmosphere, a real home from home. Located in the heart of Camargue! The end of the world.

Telline
Food guide restaurant

Telline

Arles

Traditional restaurant. Cuisine and fresh local products.

Inspirations

Tradition

The Three Kings Cake

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Art de vivre

The Cagole

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Tradition

The Pastis

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