Camargue

Vol de flamants roses au dessus de l'étang de Vaccarès

Vol de flamants roses au dessus de l'étang de Vaccarès

Lionel Roux / Office de Tourisme d'Arles

Camargue, a vast wet zone located in the Rhône Delta, is an exceptional region thanks to it biological wealth, the diversity of fauna and flora, the variety of landscapes and the grandeur and history of Provençal culture. From sandy beaches to reed beds, from rice fields to wheat fields and from salt marshes to the deep blue sea... the Regional Natural Park of Camargue offers visitors many different landscapes. Camargue is the result of the battle between the Rhône and the Mediterranean Sea and, from the biological point of view, is one of the richest regions in Western Europe.

Camargue is located on the migration route for birds heading from Northern Europe to Africa and is a major staging area. It is also home to the only nesting site in France for its internationally recognised symbol, the pink flamingo. As well as pink flamingos there are bulls, horses, screech owls, slender-billed gulls, common terns, herons, beavers, avocets and many more... a multitude of animal and bird species lives in this exceptional region. A magical land of contrasts, Camargue is beautiful and changeable and will reveal some of its many different facets depending on the time of day and the season, with always a few surprises in store. Whether you love nature or are a fan of Camargue savoir-faire, whether you are alone or with your family, several sites will reveal how to successfully discover the Regional Natural Park of Camargue and respect a remarkable but fragile region. Visits to museums and natural spaces, walks or horse rides between sea and lake, a tourist route or relaxation on the beaches.... you can create your own visit, bearing in mind that preserving the beauty of this region is your responsibility too.

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Plage de Beauduc en Camargue

Digue à la mer : randonnée au coeur de la Camargue

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La digue à la mer permet d'accéder à 20 km de sentiers pédestres et cyclables au coeur du delta de Camargue. Parole de local, c'est en faisant une fois l'expérience de la digue à la mer que vous découvrirez réellement le delta du Rhône, sa faune et sa flaure. L'ouvrage a été construit au siècle dernier pour isoler le delta du Rhône des entrées d'eau de mer.
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  • Gate of Augustus - Heritage

    Built heritage - Gate
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    Sometimes called Porte de la Redoute Date: End of the first century BC Era: Antiquity Type: Fortified military architecture Status: Property of the Town of Arles, listed as a national Historic Monument in 1886 and a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1981 The Porte d'Auguste, also called the Porte de la Redoute after the fortressed built there in the Middle Ages, was the main entrance to the Roman town. Located at the highest point in the town, to the east, it was on a diversion of the Via Aurelia from Rome.

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  • Eglise Saint-Pierre de Saliers - Heritage

    Religious buildings - Church
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    This church was built on the site of an old chapel which probably dated back to the 12th century. The building was at risk of collapse around 1930. It was therefore fully renovated at the end of the 1930s, mainly through the generosity of Mlle de Jonquières, who financed a large part of the work and paid for a new altar.

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  • Tour des Mourgues - Heritage

    Chateaux, areas, battlements - Tower - Belfry - Bell-tower
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    Date: Late 1st century BC Era: Antiquity/Middle Ages Type: Fortified architecture Status: Property of the Town of Arles, listed as a Historic Monument in 1886 and as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1981 Mourgues Tower is the south-east corner of the ancient rampart and remains the most visible and best preserved element of the circular towers which flanked the enclosure. It takes its name from the nuns (Mourgues) from the Monastery that Bishop Césaire founded close by in the early 6th century and of which the nearby Saint Blaise Church still remains.

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  • La Tour de Roland

    Roland Tower - Heritage

    Chateaux, areas, battlements - Tower - Belfry - Bell-tower
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    The walls of the Roman theatre arcades transformed into Tower defense in the middle - ages.

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  • Place du Forum - Heritage

    Historical site, archaeology - Historical quarter
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    This Place, in the heart of town, has always symbolised meetings and exchanges. In Antiquity the square was next to the main forum (late 1st century BC), and the economic and political centre of the Roman administration; in the Middle Ages it became the main centre for commercial transactions. It is now known as one of the most social areas in town. Locals and tourists rub shoulders under the patronage of a number of well-known figures such as Vincent Van Gogh and Frédéric Mistral.

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  • Place de la République - Heritage

    Historical site, archaeology - Square - courtyard
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    The Place de la République, in the town centre, is the result of progressive development through a number of architectural and urban operations. It is to the south of the old Roman forum. In the Middle Ages, it was reduced to a narrow forecourt between Saint-Trophime Church and Sainte-Anne Church. Its current surface area was then occupied by several residential blocks. It was mainly after the construction of the town hall, in the 17th century, that the Place changed considerably.

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  • The ancient Obelisk - Heritage

    Religious buildings - Obelisk
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    Date: 4th century Era: Antiquity Type: Votive public architecture Status: Public estate listed as a national Historic Monument in 1840 and a UNESCO Heritage Site in 1981 The obelisk seen from the town hall roof The large stone needle, a kind of pivot on the Place de la République, actually comes from the Roman circus and dates from late Antiquity. The obelisk was discovered in the 14th century, but it was not until the 17th century that it became a symbol of the sun once again.

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  • St Catherine Church - Heritage

    Religious buildings - Church
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    Date: 1450 Era: Middle Ages, 19th century Type: Religious architecture Status: Property of the Town of Arles, listed as a regional Historic Monument in 1941 The former chapel of the Convent of the Great Augustinians, Saint-Césaire is now the only church in the La Roquette district to still be consecrated. It is of southern Gothic style and dates from the mid-15th century; however, it was modified several times, particularly during the 19th century. It houses the tomb of Quiqueran de Beaujeu, Grand Prior of the Order of Malta in the 17th century.

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  • Cabanettes - Heritage

    Booking Accommodation - Hotel
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    A modern architecture hotel, built using stones from the Pont du Gard Bridge which make three joining circle arches. Single-storey for easy acces. At the front there is a swimming pool in the shape of a boat.

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  • The Leela hotel - Heritage

    Chateaux, areas, battlements - Stately home
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    Date: 17th century Era: Classical period Type: Domestic architecture Status: Private property listed as a regional Historic Monument in 1925. The Hôtel de la Lauzière testifies to the social climbing of large Arles families in the Classical Age and the architectural mark they left on the town. The building's façade, originally built in the central district of town in the early 17th century and restored in the 18th century, fortunately still has one of the most beautiful portals in Arles.

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