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7 Reasons You Should Go To The Camargue

It’s hard to say ‘no’ when there are so many reasons to go to the Camargue.

Visiting the Camargue

The preserved area south of Arles,  the Parc naturel régional de Camargue, is between the Mediterranean and the Rhone River delta. One-third of the Camargue is marshland, lagoons, and lakes. The rest is cultivated fields brimming with rice, grapes, and grain at different times of the year.

The ecology of the area is unlike any other place in the world. White Camarguais horses roam on open fields with Camargue bulls and feed only on natural grass and grasses. Salt mines that create pink-tinted lagoons and canals produce some of the world’s finest salts. Shrimp that thrive on the algae in the pinkish waterways feed flamingoes that gather in ponds and pools alongside the fields and roads. The shrimp diet colors the birds’ feathers pink. It’s all a grand circle of life.

The Camargue Safari

The most recent jaunt to the Camargue was with my guests from the States, including 10-year-old McKenna. While her mother and I thought a safari would be a huge thrill for McKenna, we all totally enjoyed the 4-hour tour by jeep. It wasn’t just because of our adorable and multi-lingual guide; we learned at least 7 reasons you should go to the Camargue. 

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Reason #1: The Camarguais horses

 

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Reason #2: The Camargue bulls

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Camargues Bulls

 

Reason #3: Flamingos

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Flamingos in the Camargue

 

 

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Flamingo

 

Reason #4: Salt mines

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Salt processed in the Camargue

 

 

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Balin Salt brand from the Camargue is exported worldwide.

 

Reason #5: Rice

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Rice fields in the Camargue

 

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Reason #6: Wine

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Reason #7: The culture

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Home of a Gardian, or “rancher”

 

 

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The Camargue cross symbolizes “faith, hope, and charity” to dwellers of the region.

 

For more about the Camargues, please see these earlier posts:

Tour South France for White Horses on the Beach

Back to the Camargue: The White Horses

Day Trip from Uzes: Arles, Saintes-Maries-De-La-Mer and the Camargue

 

 

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Day trip from Uzes to the Cevennes

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