“Things to do in The Camargue” in 8 hour’s time.
What to do in the Camargue region of France? There are many things to do in the Camargue!
Provence Amazing Tours has organized an efficient day tour of the Camargue where you’ll discover all of the Camargue’s points of interest in an 8-hour tour. Protected under The Convention of Wetlands by UNESCO, the Camargue holds an exceptional place in the south of France. The French flag proudly flies over this exceptional mixture of history, culture and fantastic gem of nature. The people of the Camargue also know how to party with the fabulous “Férias”, holidays full of dancing to “Gypsy” music, the international photography exhibition, “Les Recontres d’Arles” and their reverence for the famous painters Vincent Van Gogh and Pablo Picasso who came to the Camargue in search of the light and vibrant colors of the Spanish bullfights.
Provence Amazing Tours will meet you with a comfortable, air-conditioned vehicle at your hotel or cruise ship port.
We’ll have a one-hour drive along the coast and through the countryside before arriving in the Camargue region. You’ll be welcomed by flamingos and herons which are among the 400 species of birds found here. You’ll see black bulls and white horses, companions of the cowboys on the “manades” (ranches of the Camargue); all emblematic features of the Camargue.
A wild and natural beauty, the Camargue has been well preserved with rice fields and salt beds as far as the eye can see.
You’ll learn about salt production, do some wine tasting along with a little oenology course and visit one of the manades, ranches of the Camargue, where you’ll see herds of black bulls and white horses. Provence Amazing Tours will take you to taste some of the specialties of the region in a typical restaurant(optional). Enjoy the lookout platforms perched above the wetlands to see some of the 400 species of wild birds. Our tour will continue with a visit to the fortified, medieval town of Aigues-Mortes.
The “things to do” eight hours schedule:
Visiting the Camargue region is like plunging into a magnificent, peaceful and rejuvenating pool of nature.
The Camargue region is a protected, living heritage, a reserve for animals and plants too numerous to mention. We will travel around this national park to discover the fauna and flora or the Rhône Delta.
The National Park of the Camargue was created in 1970 and covers the major part of the Grande Camargue of which 193,000 hectares are classified UNESCO reserved wetlands.
We could have a look at a chaumiére de Camargue, thatched cottages in the wild made from reeds and mud. A small village of these cottages are found in at Salin-de-Giraud which inspired Van Gogh to paint “Les Chaumiéres Saintines”. At Salin-de-Giraud you can also admire a mountain of sea salt called “the Camelle”!
If the timing is right, we could check out a sport that’s come down through Camargue folklore: La Course Camargaise! Groups of young men dressed in white gain points by pulling ribbons from around the horns and ears of bulls with the aid of a special scraping tool as they go flying over the barriers of the arena to escape the raging bulls!
South of Arles, in the Rhône Delta, the Camargue is an immense stretch of land between sky, land and sea. Covered with marshes and lagoons, it’s a land roaming with herds of bulls and horses running free amongst flamingos and hundreds of species of other birds and animals. We’ll continue on to discover the culture of the cowboys, les gardiannes, their traditions and their exceptional rich history. You’ll admire the wild beaches reaching as far as the eye can see. You can taste a local specialty, les tellines, tiny shellfish served with parsley and garlic. Or, another favorite, la Gardiane de Taureau, a succulent stew like “Bœuf Bourguignon”, cooked with olives and the famous Herbs of Provence (optional).
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