The Camargue

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An enchanting natural region with impressive skies where people live with in the wetlands with horses, cattle and birds. The Camargue National Nature Reserve offers visitors stunning scenery and is a sanctuary of protected species and rare fauna and flora in Europe


Camargue is a listed UNESCO biosphere reserve and Arles is a listed UNESCO World Heritage Site. The region is located between the two branches of the Rhône delta, of which 385 sq miles is marshland, the largest and most secretive wetland in France. It is divided into three distinct zones: farming in the north, salt marshes to the east and west and brine lagoons in the south.

 

Horse and cattle breeding is divided into approximately 100 manades (small, semi-feral herds led by a gardian) which visitors can see. The Camargue horse is the only mount of the gardian and also his work tool. The region is also an Important Bird Area given over 400 species of birds have been identified there including the greater flamingo, which has become the symbol of Camargue birds. Taking the time to explore Camargue is extremely worthwhile and possible on foot, by bicycle or even better, on the back of a real Camargue horse!