Designated by UNESCO as a biosphere reserve, the Camargue nature park was established in 1970 to help protect one of France's last unspoiled areas. The area is mostly flat and wild in nature, and includes salt marshes, lakes and rice fields, dotted with small villages.
The 210,000 acre park is also one of the best places in France to spot wildlife, not just the area's wild horses and bulls, but a wide variety of birds including pink flamingos. The nearby town of Arles makes a convenient base to explore this fascinating area, and an interesting side trip is to the Hermitage of El Rocio, located in neighboring Spain.Places nearby:
Les Arenes d'Arles: A Roman Amphitheatre in Southern France 11 km / 6 mi
The Arena: A Historic Amphitheatre 30 km / 19 mi
Les Jardins de la Fontaine: France's First Public Gardens 31 km / 19 mi
Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde: Marseille's Coastal Basilica 74 km / 46 mi
Marineland: Experience Sea Animals Up Close 207 km / 128 mi