The Tour du Valat biological station

Arles - Outdoor leisure

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

    Station biologique de la Tour du Valat
    Le Sambuc
    13200 Arles

  • Phone

    • 04 90 97 20 13
  • Fax

    04 90 97 20 19

  • Website

Nearby

  1. Estrambord

    Food guide restaurant

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  2. Longo may

    Hotel

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  3. La Tour

    Holiday rental

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  4. Mas de Peint

    Hotel

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Where to stay

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.…

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.

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…

Things to do

Manade Jacques Bon
Family recreation

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…

Capelière - National Nature Protection Society - Camargue national reserve
Cultural place

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.

Where to eat

Estrambord
Food guide restaurant

Estrambord

Arles

Restaurant open every day for lunch, except Saturday, closed the evening.Kitchen type Provencal, the Manager uses the local products (aoc Camargue Bull, rice, organic vegetables, origin of the garden of the Chassagnette in summer season, Mediterranean fish, crayfish of Camargue,...)Reception of…

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

Between Bad Boys and Mia... Rap in Marseille

Between Bad Boys and Mia... Rap in Marseille

Thanks to the huge success of bands such as IAM and La Fonky Family, Marseille has earned its status as one of France's foremost rap capitals. Hoisted to heritage status in this city known for its gift of the gab, the movement has propelled a new generation of signature names to the front of the scene: the heirs have arrived.

La Poutargue

La Poutargue

'Boutargue', an amber-coloured jewel fished on the shores of Martigues...

Calissons

Calissons

Aix-en-Provence prides in concocting 'Calisson' candies made with a thin candied melon paste and ground almonds topped with royal icing. Yummy

Almonds

Almonds

(Re)conquering Provence

Can anyone resist an almond? Everyone raves about these little nuggets of happiness you can savour every which way – fresh, dried, whole, grilled, sliced, ground or made into a cream or milk!

Serving tourism

Provence Tourisme est une association loi 1901. Sa mission, confiée par le Département : promouvoir le tourisme dans les Bouches-du-Rhône dans le respect de l’environnement et des habitants et garantir aux visiteurs un accueil de qualité.

The best of the destination

En accord avec les aspirations et les goûts de chacun, Provence Tourisme propose d’incontournables valeurs sûres comme des conseils pour sortir des sentiers battus, grâce à sa connaissance profonde du terrain et de par sa neutralité commerciale.