Camargue Regional Natural Park

The Camargue, a wetland surrounding the Rhône delta, is a land of gorgeous contrasts: from vineyards to beaches to salt marshes and rice fields, the scenery is ever-changing. The park stretches over the three communes of Arles, Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer and Port-Saint-Louis-du-Rhône and follows the intersection of the Rhône with the Mediterranean.

The Camargue Natural Park is a crucial stop on the migratory path of many seabirds and is also the only greater flamingo nesting site in Europe. Several observation sites have been created. In Saintes-Maries, the Pont de Gau ornithological park allows you to observe and photograph the local wildlife: flamingos, marsh harriers, glossy ibis, and little egret are only a few of the many species that spend their year in the salt marshes or visit seasonally.

There are several organizations dedicated to preserving and transmitting Camargue culture: the Maison du Riz located on a family farm in Arles, the Maison du Cheval Camargue on the land of Mas de la Cure in Saintes-Maries and the Point de vue du sel in Salin-de-Giraud where you can take in 6000 hectares of salty hills and pearly pink salt pools all in one glance.

During your stay on the doorstep of the Camargue Regional Natural Park, you can visit a manade of cattle in Sambuc in Arles or in Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer. For total immersion in Camargue culture, explore the area on horseback. Several equestrian centers offer horseback rides along the beach, carriage rides through the Camargue or walks through large farms.