The Camargue and the Arles outdoors
observing scenic beauty, close to nature

 

 

 

 

 

Half-Day Hike                            

Western Europe’s largest delta, the Camargue is a unique land in Provence. Low, flat, with numerous salt, grass-filled wetlands, marshes and small canals, this singular territory lies astride Languedoc and Provence. The place offers very different landscapes from the ones that can be seen elsewhere in the Provençal region.

Spreading by the sea, this beautiful land is a real paradise for bird watchers : the area is a stopover for hundreds of thousands of migrating birds.

The best ways to explore the Camargue are on horseback, on a bike ride or on foot, of course.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Camargue horses, with their light grey coat

In the Camargue from Les Saintes-Maries de la Mer
Half-day

 

Hiking in the Camargue, France’s largest wetland delta, will allow you to marvel at enchanting natural landscapes. It is a protected territory : the Camargue Regional Nature Park. You start from Les Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer, a little town located between the Mediterranean and large lagoons, at the heart of this unique land. During this hike, you walk with your local guide on the dyke called «Digue à la Mer». Wildlife here is of exceptional variety. And if you are interested in birdwatching, you will feel fulfilled: 400 species live here ; the most famous one is the Pink Flamingo. The bird population changes according to the season thanks to the migratory birds coming in winter from Siberia, Northwest Russia and Finland.  On our way back to the town, you make a wide detour through the marshes of  « Étang des Impériaux ». If lucky, you may glimpse a herd of wild white horses cantering in water.


Walking time
: 3 hours 

Rating : leisurely 
Season calendar : year-round

Within 30 minutes from Arles, you can drive to the small massif of Les Alpilles. Although not very lofty, the summit is 498m (1,633ft) high, its jagged crests offer beautiful hikes, and even an adventure one, cut up in the rock wall more than 100m above pinegroves. You have also the opportunity to visit the spectacular site of the village of Les Baux de Provence and to sip a pastis or a wine glass on the terrace of a café in St.Rémy