A natural region of 150,000 hectares on the shores of the Mediterranean, formed by the Rhone delta, has been shaped over the centuries by the river and its perpetual evolution. Natural and wild land, the Camargue offers a unique and exotic journey through its endless horizons, its fauna and flora. The region is classified as a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO.
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Discover the Camargue at the Camargue Regional Nature Park, a few kilometers from Arles where nature conservation and human activities develop harmoniously. Sonia Appart span>, take the road to Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer by Cacharel and you will discover the beauty, the eye, the roadside, wildlife and Wild flora of this natural region. Horses and bulls Camarguais will accompany you as well as the most famous birds, the flamingos. Enjoy the Mediterranean Sea at Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer where you will discover the Black Virgin of the Gypsies, Sainte-Sara. In May a pilgrimage is organized, gypsies, gypsies, Roma and gypsies arrive from all over Europe for a great procession in honor of St. Sara, Saints Mary Jacob and Salome. The village is also the subject of races Camarguaises. These last very different from the bullfights that one can find during the férias of Arles. The Camargue race consists of catching the "cockade" attached to the front and horns of the bull cocardier, "biou" in Provencal.
The Camargue is also known for its numerous manades, breeding of bulls and horses Camarguais led by a guardian and directed by a manadier, "baile" in Provencal. Experience an extraordinary adventure by visiting one of these herds and immerse yourself in the traditions, visit these lands in peace on horseback, discover the cabins of Gardians and stop at the Parc Ornithologiques de Pont de Gau. This area of 60 hectares is entirely devoted to the fauna and flora of this region. Ideal place to observe and photograph many species of birds, mainly flamingos, symbols of this wild nature. The magic will be with the animals but also with the different paths that you will trail during your discovery, ponds, marshes, lawns, roubines, reed beds or even sansouires, you will have the impression of traveling not leaving this surprising territory. Located in the axis of migration of birds, from northern Europe to Africa, the Camargue is an essential step for the avifauna. Major migratory stop, each year nearly 150 000 birds put their feet there.
On board the small train of Méjanes enjoy the largest pond in Camargue, Vaccarès lake, nature reserve, the wildest site of this vast Camargue territory, preserved, fauna and flora is just as magnificent as fragile .. The Domaine de Méjanes is also the ideal place to immerse yourself again in the bullfighting and guardian culture.
Between two ecosystems, the Rhone delta and the Crau steppe plain are the marshes of the Vigueirat, central zone of the biosphere reserve, the marshes are composed of sansouires, ponds, scirpaies and reed beds. In order to make you feel better by this biodiversity and to respect it, take part in guided tours in the Marais du Vigueirat.
The rice of the Camargue is part of the heritage of this vast territory, benefiting from a protected geographical indication, one can not leave the Provence without having eaten. Let yourself be tempted by the red rice, full rice, which by natural mutation is tinted with a dark red. Cultivated biologically it is harvested at full maturity and dried naturally by the sun and mistral.
Between culture and heritage, cuisine, festivals, biodiversity, protected and fragile natural area, migratory halt, wilderness, breeding in the tradition, identity by the cross of the Camargue which symbolizes faith (the cross), hope ) And charity (the heart), the extremities in the form of trident recall the guardians, makes the Camargue a region paradise for lovers of great spaces, environmental protection, diversity.