The Rhone Delta, otherwise known as the Camargue is a triangular region in Provence bordering the Languedoc-Roussillon region. Western Europe’s largest delta, the Camargue is an area of exceptional natural richness, with many species calling the marshy landscape home, especially birds and the famous Camargue horse.
Much of the Camargue is waterlogged, from the saltwater lakes, or etangs, to the huge marshes of Camargue. This inaccessible, unforgiving terrain is home to an astonishing range of wildlife, and nature lovers flock from every corner ofEuropeto enjoy the phenomenal nature trails that cut through the area. Named as a national park, the Parc Regional de Camargue, there are many excellent routes to choose from, and with over 800km ² to explore, you will never run out of countryside to explore! The Camargue horse is a magnificent animal, and is one of the world’s oldest breeds. Smaller than normal horses, Camargue horses are still used to herd cattle on the watery delta, and offer one of the finest ways to explore the region for tourists.
Walking, cycling and horse riding holidays are fantastically popular in the Camargue, letting you get close and personal with the bulls, birds and muskrats that call the Camargue home. The Camargue tourism offices have details on all the best routes, riding stables and bicycle hire centres in the region.
The Parc Ornothologique de Pont de Grau is a world famous nature reserve dedicated to protecting the many species of birds living on the Camargue. Flamingos are the most visible birds that frequent the marshes, with their pink feathers highlighted against the greens, yellows and browns of the landscape. Owls, hawks, vultures, stork, heron and egrets can all be spotted on occasion too. The Musee Camarguais and the Reserve National de Camargue tourism office are both well worth exploring before you set out into the countryside from your self catering Camargue accommodation.
Arles, the gateway to the Camargue, is a stunning city of Roman origin. The skyline of Arles is simply stunning, and within the ancient streets are a huge range of art galleries housing important works by artists including Picasso, Van Gogh and Guagin. Camargue villas in Arles couldn’t be better placed for excursions into the Camargue and is one of the finest places from which to enjoy the unique cultures of the region.
If you would like to stay right at the very heart of the Camargue, a holiday rental cottage in Saintes-Maries-de-le-Mer couldn’t be better placed. Surrounded by the watery marshlands of the Camargue, Sainte-Maries-de-la-Mer is a fantastically natural and peaceful place to spend your holiday.
The weather in the Camargue is beautifully mild, meaning that holidays walking, bird watching, cycling and riding horses in Camargue thrive throughout the year. During July and August, temperatures usually reach over 30°C in the middle of the day.
Both Nimes Airport (FNI) and Montpellier Airport (MPL) are within around 50km of a holiday rental property in the Camargue. Nimes Airport is served by British Airways and Ryanair flights from London, Liverpool (LPL) and the East Midlands (EMA), whilst easyJetprovide direct services from Gatwick (LGW) to Montpellier.