The sea wall
A few passages slightly sandy, otherwise the rest of the route is easy... and so beautiful.! The sea wall that isolates the Rhône delta from the influence of the sea reveals amazing wilderness and beautiful lagoons. At the heartof the National Reserve are busy sea birds and birds of brackish environments:: seagulls, terns, gulls, greater flamingos, ducks, herons, waders...
The Gacholle lighthouse
The sea wall
The Sandwich tern
The beach and dunes
The black-headed gull
Ponds and salt marshes
From the parking lot of la Gacholle, go along the sea wall towards the lighthouse, following the marked trails. Stay along the sea wall and the indicated paths (Camargue National Reserve).
1- At the Pertuis de Rousty, continue along the sea wall for 6km and reach to the village of Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer.
Alternative route: proceed to the crossing in the other direction, from Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer.
A dirt road on 2/3 of its length, the track is impassable in rainy weather. Taking this route at windy times is not advised.
No water points nor snacking services,: remember to take drinks and food. It’s possible to buy water and the necessary supplies for puncture repairs at the lighthouse of Gacholle (weekends and school holidays from 11.00 to 17.00).
Accessing the dunes is strictly prohibited, even on foot. Access to the sea is through the marked paths.
Envia transport network: Bus line 20 > Arles/Les Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer through Albaron (free bicycle rack)...
Access and parking
The lighthouse of Gacholle is 30km south of Arles towards Salin-de-Giraud. At Peaudure, turn right towards Grand Badon then another right towards Mas Saint-Bertrand (D36c). Then turn left and drive to the parking lot of the lighthouse.
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