Far from the crowded beaches of the Riviera or the sizzling heat of the Provence countryside, Camargue offers its vast expanse of marshy plain, rice paddies, salt pans, white horses, black bulls and 400 different species of birds to the weary vacationer. Don’t be surprised if a pink flamingo, Camargue’s proud symbol, flies by and personally greets you shortly after you’ve entered its protected territory! Just south of Arles and west of Marseille, it is a completely different world from the more glamorous spots of the South of France and will quickly prove to be a true paradise on earth for the curious traveler in search of a refreshingly authentic escape.
Amazingly enough, Camargue has been inhabited for millennia without losing its wildness, and the French government was certainly sensitive to that incredible feat when it turned the largest delta in Western Europe into a highly treasured national park four decades ago. Consequently, local flora and fauna have never ceased to happily thrive in their natural habitat.
When you are surrounded by that much water, why not experience it firsthand by taking a boat and go sailing, fishing, or just leisurely cruise along the coast? And the die-hard athletes among you cannot miss this golden opportunity to go water-skiing and wind-surfing in a remarkably unspoiled environment. If boat rentals naturally abound during the summer months, enjoying the pleasure of being on the water is possible all year around and is one of the region’s biggest draws. If you want to stay in a quite city close to the Camargue, we have vacation rentals in Arles.
But Camargue is not just for outdoor lovers, and its unique Gypsy culture will delight even the most blasé visitors. In the few towns and villages you will be able to admire the traditional costumes, maybe even dare to partake in the infectious dances, during the numerous festivals. More than anything though, the famous Gypsy musicians will never fail to cheer you up everywhere you go, whether at a formal concert or at a street corner, with their Flamenco-inspired tunes.
Conveniently located right where the Petit Rhône river meets the Mediterranean Sea, Les-Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer, Camargue’s long-time capital, has become a popular resort constantly bustling with activities while remaining a charming fishing and pilgrimage town. Do not fail to pay it a visit.
If you’re planning to stay in the area and explore, New York Habitat has several options for you. You can stay in nearby Arles, where a lovely studio apartment (PR-1024) is waiting for you right around the corner from the famous Roman arena. You can then combine city living and nature bonding.
Another choice near the Camargue region is this 3-bedroom house in Arles (PR-915), just north of the Camargue.
In short, everything is there to provide you with a relaxing vacation. Have you ever been to this unique region in France? Would you care to share your impress