Parc Naturel Régional de Camargue Travel Guide

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Parc Naturel Régional de Camargue Highlights

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     Fantastic gitane atmosphere, cheap, friendly people 

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     The prices are not so nice as the country... 

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     A park with a "POWER" 

Parc Naturel Régional de Camargue Things to Do

  • Parc naturel régional de Carmague

    Parc naturel régional de Carmague (PNRC), or Regional Nature Park of the Camargue, is a protected area which was designated in 1970 along the shoreline of the Camargue. The park protects a wetland environment and an adjacent marine area. The boundaries of the park have been expanded to include a lagoon called the Étang de Vaccarès.The Camargue is...

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  • A great day trip in the Camargue (with...

    We take the D570 from Arles down through the Camargue. Just above Stes. Mares de la Mer is the Parc Ornithologique. Stop, park and walk through the park. There is a very small zoo there with some exotic caged birds and a few other animals, but the big draw is along the walking path. You will see wild flamingoes up close and personal. The numbers...

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  • Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau

    This is a wonderful nature reserve in the Camargue. They have marked off several paths through the area and you can observe whatever wildlife is staying there in that particular season. It's fun if you travel to the south of France reasonably often to do the walks at different times of year to see the different migrations.The park is famous for the...

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  • Bogs

    The natural reserve is organized on the huge area in tens thousand hectares. It appears, immemorial pink flamingos nested in this place for a long time. Thousand flights of these noble birds live at bogs of Camargue. Hundreds wild white horses and black buffalos live there. And, really, passing on highway among boundless bogs I have seen both a...

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  • PINK FLAMINGOS

    About 5000 PINK FLAMINGOS have long ago made La Camargue their habitat. Flamingos like to live in lagoons, where there is lots of mud and water, The depth of the water is especially important not only for feeding but for nesting. A Flamingo's pink colour comes from its diet, which is high in alpha and beta carotene. Their diet consists of seeds,...

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  • WHAT IS LA CAMARGUE???

    Consisting of over 350,000 acres, PARC NATUREL REGIONAL DE CAMARGUE is an area south of Arles and is full of freshwater marshes. Situated on the Rhone Delta, La Camargue is a wetland of significant importance. Here you will see Pink Flamingos, Wild White Horses and Black Bulls. It really is a fascinating one-of-a -kind place/

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  • visit the bird park

    The Camargue bird park is very nice to visit. Apart from the omnipresent flamingos you'll see herons, storchs, raven, eagles and other birds of prey, different kinds of geese and ducks, owls etc. Some are locked up, some are flying or sitting around in the open. There are also many musquashes swimming around in the small lakes.

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  • visit the flamingos

    The beautiful white, rose or pink flamingos live in the Camargue in the wild. If you are not lucky enough to see them, visit the bird park - there are hundreds of them living there. They are not enclosed or locked up, they obviously simply like to stay here.

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  • visit the black bulls

    The black bulls from the Camargue are the ones in French or Spanish arenas for bull fights. The difference between French and Spanish bull fights is that the bulls are not killed in France. There, men try to collect some strings bound to the bulls' horns and not to be hit by the bull.

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  • Promenade à cheval - go horseriding

    A very good way to see the Camargue is to go horseriding. There are tons of horse stables along the street from Arles to Saintes Maries de la Mer and the neighbouring areas. It's not necessary to be a horse rider, there are also excursions for beginners. If you're experienced you should ask for an experienced group otherwise it could get a bit...

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  • Relics of St. Sarah

    When you are at Les Saintes Maries de la Mer, you should go and see the relics of St. Sarah, a black saint, and the patron saint of the gypsies. Her relics are to be found in the crypt underneath the local church. The roof of the crypt is black from the smoke of numerous candles that have been lit here over the years.Saint Sarah is said to have...

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  • Ride 'La Camargue'

    Riding on one of the beautiful Camargue horses is a GREAT way to see La Camargue...its land, its flora, its fauna and the Mediterranean Ocean!!Riding in 'La Camargue' is mostly Western-style: long stirrups, long reins kept in one hand only. You don't have to be a perfect Western rider to enjoy this kind of riding as it's easy to learn.Besides, as...

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  • Mediterranean Flowering Bulb Farm

    If you love gardening, especially with bulbs, this is a great place to visit!Lauw is originally from Holland, and came here to start a bulb farm specializing in botanical species of flower bulbs that are indigenous, and adapted, to the Mediterranean climate.Call first and make an appointment to see this interesting Bulb farm...and guest Mas (where...

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  • Do the Beaches on the Mediterranean

    When you get to the small town of Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer there is no way you can (or should) miss the beach!Bring your swimsuit, towel, sunscreen, sunglasses, beach umbrella, camera, and enjoy a relaxing few hours on the sand watching the waves of the Mediterranean curl along the shoreline.You could also just walk along the beaches, but this is...

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  • Les-Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer

    Les-Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer, the capital of the Camargue, is situated on the Mediterranean coast in the heart of Camargue's 'Park Naturel' with a small population of about 2300.The Provençal LegendAround the year 40 A.D. , a boat was launched from Jerusalem, without sail, oars or supplies, and drifted across the Mediterranen until it drifted...

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  • Birds

    Another kind of animal you will find easy... Wild birds are very easy to meet, expecially if you go near the lakes or the sea. Obviously they're protected by law, it's a natural park!

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  • Horses

    They are the symbol of the Camargue, you will see them everywhere... If you want to make a ride (it's a common practice in Camargue), look my Sport Tip.

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  • Saintes Maries de La Mer

    The citadel is full of people during the Peregrinage des Gitanes, an annual gipsy meeting during the last weekend of May, to honorate the statue of Saint Sara, who in the legend came here with the three Maries. The body of Sara is in the crypt of the Church inside the centre of the ancient city. This romanic building was enforced during the XII...

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Parc Naturel Régional de Camargue Restaurants

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    St Maries de la Mer - View from our hotel room. Notice the sea horse on the right, seen from the back.The hotel served an excellent diner (57,60 euro for the two of us)

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  • Don't miss bull meat!

    In Saintes-Marie-de-la-Mer and in general in the restaurants of the tourist location in Provence and Camargue the prices seems to be accessible but in fact the quantities are very poor.The quality is everage, like in every touristic place it would be better find a restaurant far from the centre and not typically for tourists.Usually in the more...

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Parc Naturel Régional de Camargue Shopping

  • Camargue Rice

    Buy it in a supermarket like Intermarche, Auchan, Atac, and many more. That special rice from Camargue. At the link below you can read a little more about it. More expensive than 'ordinary' rice.

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  • Shopping in Saintes-Maries-de-La-Mer

    The typical shops of Saintes Maries de La Mer are everywhere here, expecially in the central square and the closest pedestrian streets. Gipsy articles, Parfumes of the Provence (expecially Lavanda), Small Horses and Jewellery Less than I expected

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Parc Naturel Régional de Camargue Local Customs

  • Rice

    When you think rice, you automatically imagine it to be grown in Asian countries. Nothing less is true. A fine white rice is also produced in the rather marshy area of Parc National de Camargue.Alas, the white rice was too white to photograph! So I picked another variety: white and red rice (although the white tends to go to golden or brown)....

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  • PASTIS

    Imagine sitting in one of thousands of Provence's outdoor cafes.The sun is shining and you are tired. What to order? Order 'Pastis'!!The waiter will bring you, depending on his mood, a generous portion (or at least 2 ounces) of pastis along with a cold carafe of water.The pastis becomes milky white and cloudy as you mix it with the water ( 1:5...

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  • Gipsy!

    Gipsy people, you find a lot in Saintes Maries de La Mer... and they often make beautiful street shows!

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Parc Naturel Régional de Camargue Off The Beaten Path

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    Walking along the Port Gardian 1 more image

    by LoriPori Updated Dec 8, 2006

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    Situated on the Meditterranean coast and 36 km south of Arles, SAINTES-MARIE-DE-LA-MER is in the heart of Camargue Park Naturel. Do take a walk along the Port Gardian, the fishing and boating port of St. Marie. In the accompanying pic, Wim and I are taking a nice stroll along the very picturesque walk, with the Mediterranean on our right.

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Parc Naturel Régional de Camargue Sports & Outdoors

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    Horse Riding in Camargue, July 2002

    by rich77 Written Feb 16, 2004

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    When you enter in Camargue, you will notice a lot of places where horses are rent for a trip. This is a common experience typical of this zone. No panic if you are a beginner (like me). You pay for some time (according to the owner of the horses) and a guide brings you along the Camargue. You will see lot of animals, most of them birds.

    Equipment: You should wear something that you can also dirty without any problems. In fact, during your trip you will across water canals or lakes and you often dirty yourself. So, be careful, don't start your trip with a smoking eheh

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Parc Naturel Régional de Camargue Favorites

  • RANCHES ( MANADES )

    There are many RANCHES where both bulls and horses are bred. These ranches welcome visitors and you can also arrange to go horse-back riding through the Camargue. I was amazed at how many horse stables there were, all spread through-out the area.

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  • The Famous (Or Infamous) MISTRAL

    "This morning, at long last, the weather turned milder --- and likewise I have had an opportunity of learning what a mistral is: I have been for several walks in the country round here, but in this wind it is impossible ever to do anything. The sky is hard blue, with a great bright sun which has melted almost all the snow, but the wind is cold, and...

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  • Praying Mantis Encounter

    The people around here call it 'Mari-Jeanne', unerringly paying attention to the female. The older country folk, those that still speak Occitan, call it 'Lou Prego-Dieu', or The Pray-to-God.The male has a pretty hard time of it.During mating the female turns around and starts to eat him...and not in a good way either! :o( You'd think he'd try to...

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