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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Nearby

  1. Gîte de l'Etoile

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  2. Chandoke

    Food guide restaurant

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  3. Le Mas Montredon

    B&B

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  4. Mas Saint Gerain

    B&B

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Where to stay

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 :…

Le Four à pain
Holiday rental

Le Four à pain

Arles

Its name comes from the authentic ever-present bread oven in the main room that reflects a past where many people worked together in the farms of Camargue. Some writings leave suggests that Saint Germain was a monastery, whose main purpose was the cultivation of grain. This cottage can…

Mas Saint Gerain
B&B

Mas Saint Gerain

Arles

At the heart of the wild Camargue where we raise horses and bulls, our spacious rooms of 35 m 2 are located on the first floor of the Mas, Monique and Pierre House. From 2 to 5 people, the rooms each have their shower and toilets private. Sheets, towels, wifi and the breakfast are included in the…

Les Repiqueurs De Riz
Holiday rental

Les Repiqueurs De Riz

Arles

The Repiqueurs of rice is a cottage which was housing the Spanish seasonal specialized for the harvest of rice, who came each year work in the Camargue. The rice is a tradition in St. Germain. Technological advances now allow to cultivate rice mechanically as other cereals, but fifty years ago,…

MAS of paddy fields
B&B

MAS of paddy fields

Arles

Located 10 minutes from Arles and close to the pond of Vaccarès. In the heart of the Park natural Regional de Camargue, Mas authentic, Camargue, completely renovated in a 3-hectare property with a pool of 12 meters x 5 meters in the Park two bed and breakfast in nature, with views of the rice…

Le Mas Montredon
B&B

Le Mas Montredon

Arles

The Mas Montredon is a country house of the 15th century located 9 km from Arles, in the natural Regional Park of Camargue.Hervé, mountain guide and Isabelle Illustrator there have established their base camp to the scents of travel and adventure.5 comfortable guest rooms, authentic and…

MAS little Prince
B&B

MAS little Prince

Arles

Dating back to the 15th century, the little Prince mas offers 5 guest rooms and a trailer. Located in the heart of the natural Regional Park of Camargue and 10 km from Arles, this unique place will deduct you by his calm and charm.

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 Pigeonnier
Holiday rental

Le Pigeonnier

Arles

The Loft is a traditional building major and indispensable to the Camargue mas. In addition to their function of Messenger pigeons were a delicacy. The Dovecote of St. Germain is built on the basis of an ancient Watchtower, whose origin is estimated in the 11th century. It is a place quiet and…

Things to do

PDO meat taureau de Camargue
Producer

PDO meat taureau de Camargue

Arles

Meat from Camargue bulls has had this AOP since June 1996. This guarantees the consistent high quality of the meat, which comes from fighting or cross-breeding animals, and the authentic taste of the product.

Manade Mailhan
Family recreation

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,…

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.

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.

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.

Hotel Longo Maï
Outdoor leisure

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…

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…

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.

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.

Inspirations

The MEDITERRANEAN SEA

The MEDITERRANEAN SEA

Lifestyle

When we talk about the South of France, what's the first thing we think of? The MEDITERRANEAN SEA! (and the sun of course – it's all part of the package).

Chichis and panisses

Chichis and panisses

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

The Calanques

The Calanques

Art de Vivre

The 'Calanques' – Genuine little corners of paradise!

The Feria

The Feria

Tradition

The Feria, more than just a bull fiesta!