The Tour du Valat biological station

Arles - Eco-museum

The Tour du Valat Biology Station was created in 1954 by Luc Hoffmann. An independent organisation, the Tour du Valat was declared a non-profit foundation in 1976. Its purpose is to promote and contribute directly to the conservation of the Mediterranean wetlands. The central part has been identified as a Voluntary Nature Reserve since 1984. It is the largest in France. The station and the reserve are open to the public one day a year, during an open-doors day in January. Normally, access to the station is restricted to scientists.

Information provided by OT Arles

  • Contact

    Le Sambuc
    13200 Arles

  • Phone

    • 04 90 97 20 13
  • Fax

    04 90 97 20 19

  • Website

Nearby

  1. Estrambord

    Cuisine de Provence

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  2. Mosaique

    Holiday rental

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  3. Le Platane

    Holiday rental

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  4. La Tour

    Holiday rental

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Where to stay

Mas de Peint
Hotel

Mas de Peint

Arles

In the heart of the Camargue wild and secret, this elegant Mansion from the 17th is a subtle compromise between the friendliness of a guest house and a boutique hotel. The rooms are beautiful and comfortable, authentic cuisine, exceptional hospitality. And 500 ha for Gallop in freedom.

Le Platane
Holiday rental

Le Platane

Arles

At the heart of Camargue, near Vaccarès pond towards Salins de Giraud, large farmhouse offering 4 gites and 2 rentals. The hamlet of Sambuc has a small grocery store, a restaurant and a café. Common areas for the six rentals : area to play petanque (bowling), parking, children playground and…

Longo may
Hotel

Longo may

Arles

The hotel Restaurant "Longo Mai" offers the opportunity to stay in Camargues, in pleasant surroundings, near the horses, Bulls, and more than 350 species of birds in our beautiful region.The 16 rooms, bright, comfortable and spacious.Home cooking, is prepared with care.Local products are prepared…

La Tour
Holiday rental

La Tour

Saintes Maries de la Mer

On a Camarguese farming concern, three gites of character in the main building (others gites : G28 and G29), on the edge of the Étang du Vaccarès. Farmhouse dating from the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries. Bull breeding, property on the areas of Arles and Saintes Maries de la Mer. Cereal farm.…

Mosaique
Holiday rental

Mosaique

Arles

Detached house, large garden, parking, kitchen living room, comfortable, 2 bedrooms with wardrobe and bed in 140 and 160 new.

Things to do

Domaine de Beaujeu
Wines

Domaine de Beaujeu

Arles

In the heart of the regional natural park of Camargue, at the edge of the large Rhone, the field of Beaujeu slice on the landscape. The dark green squares of its alfalfa, mirrors of water of its rice, rigorous alignment of its vineyards, bordered by majestic hedges of poplars, testify of a love…

Capelière - National Nature Protection Society - Camargue national reserve
Museum

Capelière - National Nature Protection Society - Camargue national reserve

Arles

An information centre and a nature observation site in Camargue: reception, library, Camargue natural environment exhibition, a trail of 1.5 km equipped with information boards, four observatories of the marshlands and two observation decks over the Vaccarès reedbed.

Manade Jacques Bon
Ranch

Manade Jacques Bon

Arles

In the heart of Camargue, the Bon family welcomes you to its 550-hectare estate of land divided into rice fields and pasture land for Camargue bulls and horses. Three exceptional spaces are dedicated to relaxation and business tourism: La Bergerie, the 'Le b', lounge bar of the Mas de Peint and…

Where to eat

Estrambord
Cuisine de Provence

Estrambord

Arles

Restaurant open every day for lunch; closed evenings. Provençal cuisine; the chef uses regional produce (Camargue AOC bulls' meat, rice, organic vegetables from the La Chassagnette garden in summer, fish from the Mediterranean and crayfish from Camargue). Groups preferred during the week. The…

Mas de Peint
Food guide restaurant

Mas de Peint

Arles

The Mas de Peint is typical of the Camargue in all its splendour. The Bon family runs this 550 hectare estate, showcasing the specialities of the Provence salt meadows. The dishes, prepared with care featuring local produce, taste so much better in the old farm kitchen, or by the log fire in the…

Inspirations

Tradition

Lavender

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Terroir

Sardines

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Tradition

The Feria

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More inspirations

Serving tourism

Bouches-du-Rhône Tourisme is a non-profit ‘association loi 1901’ organisation.It is entrusted by the Conseil Départemental (or regional council) to promote tourism in Bouches-du-Rhône while respecting the environment and local residents, and guaranteeing visitors a top-quality experience.

The best of the destination

So that everyone’s hopes and tastes are catered for, Bouches-du-Rhône Tourisme promotes must-see destinations which take visitors off the beaten track, using its deep understanding of the area and its neutral role as a non-profit organisation.