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Hiking : The Vaccares, a two-day trip around the pond

Les Saintes-Marie-de-la-Mer Tourist Information Center, 5 avenue Van Gogh
Les Saintes Maries de la Mer
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through the National Wildlife Pond of Vaccarès. Largest pond of Camargue with an area of ​​6500ha and a length of around 12km, this place has become a sanctuary for many species and is an unavoidable  venue for ornithologist around the world. With a depth not exceeding 2m, it is worth for the observation of the emblematic flamingo. Thanks to its natural park and reserve status, the site is now one of the wildest and most unspoilt in France. You can complete this trip with the visit of the Museum of Camargue, located in an old barn  , where history and culture of the Rhone delta stands alongside the contemporary work of Tadashi Kawamata.

Along the way :

  • La Capelière

The Camargue National Preserve was created in 1927 by the French National Society for Nature Protection, in order to protect plant and animal species. The Preserve covers 13,117 ha, of which a large part is occupied by the Vaccarès Pond. La Capelière is a tourist information center managed by the National Preserve. You will find there discovery trails, exhibitions, documentation.

  • Mosquitos

There are 40 different species of mosquitos, but only 10 species bite. The females find in human blood the proteins they need for their eggs to reach maturity. Mosquitos are a problem for humans but they are useful for many other species : fireflies, fish, swallows, bats... which feed on them. They are thus an important link in the bio-diversity of the Camargue.

  • Migrating birds

Because it is a peaceful environment rich in nutrients, the Camargue is an important stop-over for migrating birds. There are two major migrating seasons each year. In September the birds coming from northern and eastern Europe stop over before crossing the Sahara to Africa. In March, those who spend the winter in Africa return. Certain species, such as ducks and songbirds, spend the winter in the Camargue.

Dont' miss :

- The Vaccarès pond
- Domaine de Méjanes
- La Capelière
- The Gacholle lighthouse
- The Sea dike (« Digue à la mer »)
- Guided tour of the Fangassier Pond from April to September

Consult and download the hiking brochure "The Vaccares : a two-day trip around the pond"
Download the trail in .gpx format

How to get there ?

- In les Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer : Start from the Tourist Information Center, Avenue Van Gogh.
- You can leave from anywhere on the tour depicted on the map. The tour takes two days, so remember to reserve a lodging depending on the distance you want to travel the first day. Park your car in a safe spot.


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