The Camargue
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HomebaseTauranga
Tauranga, New Zealand72 contributions
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May 2012 • Couples
I was determined to go horse riding while on holiday in France and the Camargue seemed to be the perfect place. What I hadn't realised was this was such a beautiful place.
We booked our ride via an internet search and found "Les Randonneurs amis de la carmargue".
If you love horses and want an authentic ride, with a skilled horseman then this small stable is highly reccomended. Claudio first made sure we knew what we were doing on his horses before taking us on a late afternoon ride through the waterlands to the sea. Riding past the flamingos was stunning.
Claudio allowed me to canter along the beach, but not my husband since he wasn't an experienced rider.
Booking may be tricky if you don't speak Frence or Italian as Claudio has very little english, but we managed.
The Camargue is on my list of places to visit again, staying longer.
Written July 3, 2012
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Aquavanguard
Seattle, WA159 contributions
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Jun 2014 • Family
If you only have 1-2 days in southern France, the Camargue would obviously not be on your list of priorities.

On the other hand, if you are here for a week or more, and are looking for an experience that is significantly different from visiting yet another charming town or fabulous historical ruin, this is a worthwhile choice, as it is vastly different from any.

While my cross-generational family doesn't necessarily consist of nature enthusiasts, we still enjoyed driving through the endless marshes.

I suppose one of the factors that made this experience so memorable was that for the first time on our 2-week trip, it was just us and nature, no flood of tourists. Even though it was a weekend during high tourist season, we could have gotten lost in the marshes.

We were at first skeptical whether we would be able to spot any of the white horses we've read about, but we soon realized that there was no cause for concern. They appeared magically and in great numbers.

I am not sure why, but there is something very moving about seeing wild horses playing, seemingly free and content....
Written June 3, 2014
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nimeataur
taunton35 contributions
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Sep 2013 • Friends
The Camargue lies between the arms of the Rhone delta -lagoons inlets and salt marshes are mixed with paddy fields, salt pans ,a reserve for flamingos- fighting bulls and white horses are herded by the guaradiens of the Camargue, cowboys who live in huts raised above the wetlands. Arenas where the bull fight is staged echo to the oles and the sound of flamenco dancers and Moorish brass bands -the beof en daube is the real thing. the skies are enormous the colours vivid, Van Gough painted here, gypsies hold their festivals, bulls roam free, the wind sighs though the reeds. st maries de la mere- the Maries who came from the holy land disembarked there- thechapel is mysterious the crypt an inferno of candles- at night the moon skims the horizon the stars are heavy on velvet black- go be asborbed, enchanted, be prepared to never be the same again, as you submit the allure of a place between the sea and the main land that is real ,unreal, surreal -what more can i say to tempt you,
Written March 4, 2014
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Corniste
Tacoma, WA35 contributions
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Nov 2013 • Couples
We chose to explore the Camargue by booking a 4x4 safari. Email: safari@camargue.com. It was an amazing trip. We were picked up at the Office of Tourism in Arles in a jeep and driven down to the Camargue for a 4-hour tour. While the keep has a top that opens for better viewing, we chose to leave the top in place because it was cool and slightly rainy (November). Our guide, a young lady originally from Texas who now lives in the Camargue with her French husband, was very informative and described everything to us. Several times, we stopped to greet people she knew in the area. We saw the rice fields (which were just being cultivated), bulls, horses, flamingos, beautiful landscapes ... it really is a stunning area to visit. The tour stopped in the town of Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer, a charming village right by the water. We had about 45 minutes to walk around the town, get a cup of coffee, and take some pictures. I highly recommend visiting the Camargue (a unique landscape), and the jeep safari was an excellent way to see it, take photos, and learn a ton of information about the area.
Written November 18, 2013
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rwaites
Houston, TX339 contributions
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Jun 2012 • Couples
We just spent a week in Provence and were curious about Camargue National Park from information we had read. We took a day trip and saw all of The Camargue. The highway system there is like a horseshoe with the open end at the ocean. So when you are coming down from Arles, you stay to the right to see the western side of the park and to the left to see the eastern side, both of which have beautiful towns on the sea at each end. What an adventure! The local chateau was closed (Monday) but looked beautiful from the roadway. There were horse riding stables dotting the landscape of open fields for miles. Our first destination was the Parc ornithologique du Pont de Gau. It is a huge bird sanctuary requiring a small entrance fee. This bird sanctuary contains lots of huge ponds and reedy landscape with tens of thousands of flamingos and other birds marching, flying, swimming, and other behaviors in the water at just several meters from you. There are well designed walking routes (around 8 km) wandering around all the ponds. You get a map at the entrance that shows the walking/wheelchair routes and points of view. You can spend all day here. I suggest bringing a camera, sunscreen, bug spray, and a wide brim hat. Bird observers already know to bring these things, but most of us don't have their experience. We also visited the beach at Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer. What a beautiful place. It is a quaint Mediterranean seaside town with okay restaurants and shops. It seemed that people go there for the experience, not the shopping or cuisine. On the way back to Arles we wanted to visit the new La Chassagnette restaurant in Le Sambuc, but they were closed for the day. So we dined at Le Mas de Peint which was fun and had very French country cuisine. What a great day! You'll enjoy this day trip.
Written July 4, 2012
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kva_48
Oslo, Norway68 contributions
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Apr 2014 • Couples
I had read about Camargue in Nat. Geo. some 30 years ago and wanted to go there, and last month I had the opportunity to visit Camargue. It was worthvile. The Rhone delta, a flat marsh landscape, a blue sky and black bulls, white horses and pink flamingos. It is really amazing. Rent a bike or a horse and go out on the variety of paths (where cars are forbidden). If you want something else than the beaten tourist track, go there. Of course visiting the small towns you will meet the restaurants, the cheap souvenir shops etc. But the landscape makes the visit worthvile
Written June 12, 2014
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JandSNyc
NYC172 contributions
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Apr 2016
At the Tourism Office in Arles we reviewed our options for visiting the Camargue as we were traveling in France by train and didn't want to rent a car. Among the options were bus, horseback, bicycle, hiking and 4x4. We chose one of the two companies offering a 4x4 and are glad we did. The horseback, bicycle and hiking options just would not have allowed us to cover the vastness of the Camargue and its many faces. The bus tour would have offered a "canned" presentation with limited opportunity for q&a. By contrast, the 4x4 tour offered my husband and me and only one other passenger to thoroughly interact with our driver/guide who wanted to understand our particular interests and tailor the tour accordingly. Consequently, we were able to avoid the tourist trap that is Saintes Maries de la Mer and enjoy the many other things the Camargue is famous for e.g., white horses, bulls and bull fighting schools, flamingoes and other birds, and rice cultivation. Our driver/guide was a retired pilot who spoke excellent English and was also a professor of Farsi, a thoroughly engaging individual.
Written August 19, 2016
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popilewis
Vancouver, Canada59 contributions
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Feb 2013 • Friends
We had heard there would be flamingos at the Parc Ornothologique de Pont Gau in the Camargue region of France, and we hoped there would be, but we could never have been prepared for what we saw at this wonderful bird park. This is a big park in the natural marsh environment of the Camargue, about 4 kms north of Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer.

On arriving, we paid our admission (7,50 euro) and began following the path to the open marsh areas that was indicated on the map we were given at the entrance. Almost immediately we could hear the croaking sound made by many flamingos. We began to notice individual flamingos, pairs of flamingos, and small groups of flamingos flying overhead.

Before long we noticed a large group, perhaps forty or so, on the opposite bank to the one we were standing on. Then we noticed an even larger group in the next water area. Walking to a crossroads on the path we were on, we were able to walk along another path to a large open water area and a wooden walkway that led us to a huge group of these gorgeous birds. They were so close. One even stepped up onto the wooden walkway directly in front of us. We were overwhelmed.

We spent close to two hours watching the flamingos and taking many photographs. They were definitely the stars of the day for us. However, there was also a colony of white herons, many species of duck, some larger grey herons, and a number of injured birds that were being cared for in aviaries near the entrance to the park.

We saw a number of families with children enjoying picnic lunches as they watched the birds. There were plenty of benches and picnic tables spread throughout the park for people to enjoy the beautiful sunny day.

If we are ever lucky enough to return to the Camargue, we will definitely make the Parc Ornothologique a part of our visit.
Written February 3, 2013
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MirianDias
Leuven, Belgium21 contributions
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Aug 2014 • Family
We booked a 3,5 hours (sunset) ride on horseback to visit the Camargue with Claudio from "Les Randonneurs Amis de la Camargue" http://www.randonneescamarguecheval.com/.

The tour is only in French, he doesn't speak much English but he is a very knowledgeable horse man and knows the area very well too. He will show you the most beautiful places of this region and explain all you want to know. I enjoy a ride in silence, so I wasn't bothered by not understanding most of what he said. I was mesmerized by the beauty of this place.

We left around 5:50pm and returned a bit after 9pm. The weather was perfect, the sunset was gorgeous and the views are amazing. He also let the most experience riders galloped on the beach on 3 different occasions while he stayed with the beginners.The price for this was 50 euros per person, which I found more than worth it!!!

I don't want to spoil your experience by saying more, just go do it!
Written August 10, 2014
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paulcuthbert86
Glasgow, UK45 contributions
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Jul 2013 • Friends
The Camrague is fascinating. A marsh landscape, where the only real way to explore is to hire a Horse for a few hours and ride horseback out into the delta, amongst wild Flamingos. Somehow, you forget you're in the south of France - it's not like anything else in Europe, let alone France. An amazing place to see! And after your adventures on horseback, relax on one of the many beaches along the coast. Perfect!
Written May 27, 2014
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