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Fast Facts

  • Location: South of Arles in France, in between the two branches of Rhone River.
  • Attraction Type: Marsh.
  • Significance: One of the most fascinating marshes in the world. It is also a bird-watcher's paradise.
  • Best time to Visit: Spring and Autumn.
  • Visiting Hours: During the daytime.
  • How to Reach: The easiest is to reach Arles by air. You can reach Camargue from there by car.
  • Nearest Airport: Ní®mes-Arles-Camargue Airport (FNI).
One of the most fascinating marshes in the world — Camargue is truly an amazing attraction to explore. A place with rich flora and fauna, wonderful parks and museums, and a range of adventure activities, Camargue has it all. And no matter, whether you are a nature lover or one who loves adventure sports — Camargue will surely amaze you with its wonderful features.

Located south of Arles in France, in between the two branches of Rhone River, Camargue is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful natural settings in Europe. With an area over 930 square km, it is also the largest river delta in Western Europe comprising large brine lagoons and surrounded by reed-covered marshes. It is home to over 400 species of birds, and a number of species of insects including one of the most ferocious mosquitoes. So, beware of those. And do not forget to see the famous Camargue Bull and Camargue Horse — for which the place is also well known.

Things to do

You can explore Camargue in as many ways as you wish. Explore the nature reserve, go for various tours, you can visit the museum or even you can go for a range of adventure sports.

Nature Reserve: Here you will find various birds, bulls and horses, especially during the spring and autumn. In fact, it is a heaven for the bird-watchers. So, don't forget to bring your binoculars.

Horseback Tours: One of the most thrilling activities in Camargue is the horseback tours on the white Camargue horses.

Jeep Safaris: Various jeep safaris are available in Camargue, especially in Ste. Maries-de-la-Mer in 4X4 jeeps. This is the perfect option to see the horses, bulls and other wildlife creatures. The cost of the safaris may vary from €20 for 1½ hour trip to €100 for a 9-hour trip including lunch. For more information, contact — Tel: (33) 490 97 86 93; Fax: (33) 490 96 31 55.

Parks and Museum: Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Grau is a wonderful ornithological park located beside the D570 road close to Ste. Maries-de-la-Mer. It remains open everyday from 9 a.m. till sundown. The entry fee is €5. Also visit Musíée Camarguais, a popular museum in Camargue, located in the old “bergerie” Mas at Pont de Rousty. Ríéserve Nationale de Camargue can also be visited.

Adventure Activities: Cycling is a popular activity in Camargue. You can go for various cycle tours offered in the region, which starts from SAintes-Maries-de-la-Mer. You can also go for hiking.

Accommodation

You will find a number of hotels in Camargue. Some of those are as below:

Le Rodin
20/22 Rue Auguste Rodin
Arles, France 13200

Best Western Atrium
1 Rue Emile Fassin
Arles, France 13200

New Arles
45 Avenue Sadi Carnot
Arles, France 13200

Related Links :

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SPXnVMkKT-c: Check out the peaceful neighborhood and the wonderful scenic beauty of the wilderness of the Camargue marshlands in this magnificent travel clip!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hwpQey1ilak&feature=related: This is another wonderful travel document on a visit to the beautiful Camargue. No wonder this is one of the most oft visited region in France.

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