Real Provence - Camargue

Camargue

With the picturesque old market town of St. Rémy at its heart and the pine-covered slopes and limestone peaks of the Alpilles mountain range humming with the sound of cicadas during the height of summer, plus its wealth of historical sites and artistic associations, this area for many epitomises Provence.

The area offers some of the best of Provencal life - beautiful villages of honey-coloured stone, lively and colourful markets, great restaurants and café bars. Superbly preserved Roman sites and delightful medieval towns, museums and art galleries. The gourmet delights range from the Appellation d'Origine




Controllé olive oil to the many good wines produced by a wide choice of domaines and this rich agricultural area produces the tastiest of fruit and vegetables. Many artists have studios here inspired by the landscape and light which attracted Van Gogh to spend his time here in St. Rémy and Arles.

It is great too for walking, cycling and relaxing with a picnic under the heavenly scent of the pine trees and wild herbs of the countryside.

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Just a few local sights not to be missed

The Parc Ornithologique du Pont de Gau is a superb bird sanctuary, fascinating not only for the variety of migratory birds to be seen here, including of course the famous pink flamingos, but also for its setting right in the heart of the marsh. The marked trails and observation posts give you a real feel for the remoteness of the salt marshes.

Flamingos

The striking walled town of Aigues Mortes was originally a small hamlet of fisherman and salt gatherers and the layout of the town still follows the medieval grid system. The fortified walls were built in the thirteenth century when the town became a port when access to the sea was via a canal dug through the marshes of the Camargue. To the south of the town the vast flooded lands are home to an exceptional flora and fauna as well as the principal economic resource of Aigues Mortes – salt.

Aigues Mort

The Camargue Museum (Musée Camargais) describes the history, traditions and livelihoods of the Camarguais people. A 1 hour 30 minute walk through the adjoining land of the Mas de Rousty follows a way marked trail passing between the irrigation channels and describing present day farming activities. Right at the beginning of the trail visitors can consult "the mas's calendar" and thus follow the rhythms of life that follow one another with the seasons: the harvest, the arrival and departure of the herds and flocks, the cutting and regrowth of the reeds, the nesting and the birds' first flight.

Camargue Museum

The popular and bustling seaside town of St Maries de la Mer has sandy beaches and a good choice of cafes and restaurants. It is best known for its annual festival in May when the gypsies converge on the town to ask favours from the patron saint. Climb the church tower for a great view across the Camargue. From here you can take a boat trip along the Petit Rhone for a closer look at the famous horses and bulls.

St Maries de la Mare
A short excursion away
Avignon

Avignon with its glorious medieval architecture and sumptuous Papal Palace is around 45 minutes drive.

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Aix en Provence

A short distance further is the charming university town of Aix-en-Provence with its lovely old town centre, designer shops, lively cafés and brasseries and associations with the painter Cézanne. For more information on our city stay in Aix >>Aix City Stay.

Equally Marseille offers another exciting city view. See our programme, click >>Marseille City Stay.

Olive grove

The olive growing area of the Alpilles and lively old town of St. Rémy with the nearby fortress village of Les Baux is an easy drive away and the Cotes du Rhone area of the Dentelles with lovely old Vaison la Romaine is a lovely day trip combining wine tastings with Roman history.

Sault

The lavender growing area around the town of Sault on the Vaucluse plateau nestling beneath the foothills of Mont Ventoux. A glorious sight in June and July.

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Page updated: 05-Dec-2018