Saintes Maries de la Mer & Camargue
The Camargue, a single place of natural beauty was born 5000 years ago from the merging of the Rhone river and the Mediterranean sea. It is, after the Nil, the second delta in this sea.
The Camargue is a huge territory that goes from the Crau plain to Aigues-Mortes. It has in its heart the natural reserve of the Camargue that goes from the north of the Vaccarès pond to the sea.
The best way to discover it, is certainly by foot or on a bicycle from the sea embankment to the Gacholle lighthouse.
An excursion on a Camargue horse in the marshland or on the beach is a good way to discover the variety of faun, flora, rice fields, salicorne and saladelles that are the local plants.
If you like birds and taking photos, a lot of migratory species like pink flamingoes or orns will be close enough for wonderful pictures in the ornithological park of "The Pont de Gau" and if you are patient you will perhaps see the philomele nightingale or beavers.
Let's not forget in this trip along the Camargue : DI BIOU. The local and famous bull, grown up in the different manades, sort of local farms. This bull is used for different reasons, the most popular being a sort of sport called "Course Camarguaise" and Abrivados.
In the Camargue, you will also visit cities like Arles, Its roman remains and its traditional people" Arlesiennes". But also Aigues-Mortes, its famous ramparts and the "Tour de Constance" all surrounded by saline that take a pink color at the end of summer. You will visit" Les Saintes Maries de la Mer", the Camargue capital, famous for its sanctified and the gipsy procession to the Black Virgin "Santa Sara" in may, its traditional culture, the gardians (local farmers) and their houses with reed roofs.
Every season has its own charm. You will certainly love it for its feeling of freedom at the end of the world and a nice feeling of serenity.