Escape to the Camargue in just 2½ hours by car from our region. A trip to the Regional Nature Park will guarantee you get away from it all.
Well-preserved natural environmentThe Camargue is a huge wetland area defined by the Rhone delta. It extends over 150,000 hectares. The Regional Nature Park is home to exceptional flora and fauna. You'll fall in love with the diverse and beautiful landscapes, lakes, salt marshes, saline scrub and grasslands, beaches, dunes and much more.
Nature surrounds you, you can stop any time along the tourist trails to enjoy a sunset over the lakes, or watch the horses and bulls of the Camargue taking a drink... a magical moment when time stands still.
Located along bird migration routes, the Camargue is a unique site for the nesting of pink flamingos. Head for the Ornithological Park of Pont de Gau to enjoy the astonishing spectacle of pink flamingos, storks and herons flocking to the scene. Don't forget your camera!
Remarkable heritageAcross several different towns, the built heritage is as rich and diverse as the natural environment. As well as cowboys' cabins and shepherd's shelters, the Camargue has many monuments that bear witness to its past. The Roman Theatre and Arena of Arles are two historical monuments with UNESCO world heritage status that were built during the Roman empire.
There are other cultural sites to visit: the Museum of the Camargue, the fortified town of Aigues Mortes, the fortress church of Saintes Maries de la Mer, Avignon Castle… adding to and highlighting this exceptional location.
Festivals and traditionsThere are several traditional events based around bulls and horses: Camargue races, ferrades (branding), abrivados (bull runs)... a chance to share the traditions of cowboys in a festive atmosphere.
The Camargue is also a place of pilgrimage. Every year, thousands of pilgrims visit the town of Saintes Maries de la Mer to celebrate the worship of Saint Mary and Saint Sara
Don't miss the pilgrimage in May for Saint Sara, the patron saint of gypsies and travellers, an event filled with music, colour and spirituality.
While you're there, try a plate of tellina seafood to the sound of gypsy music!