Cycling around Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer
The Amarée Mas
The Petit-Rhône estuary
The Gardian Hut
The Camargue Cross
The arenas of Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer
The Camarguaise Race
The Port Gardian
The bull of Camargue
The Consécanière pond
Crin-Blanc, the movie made in Cacharel
There are 40 species of mosquitoes but only ten are biting. Females recover protein from the human blood that are necessary for the maturation of their eggs. They lay thousands of eggs on the soil dried up that are waiting, sometimes years, the rise of the waters to hatch. The mosquito is inconvenient for the man but it is useful to many species: dragonflies, fish, bats ... that feed on them. It is therefore an indispensable link in the Camargue biodiversity.
Le Bouvau d’Aubanel
The Departmental Reserve of Imperialists
Classified Departmental Reserve, Imperial and Malagroy Ponds were acquired by the Departmental Council of Bouches-du-Rhone in 1964 to protect these fragile natural environments (2,770 ha) which are home to many species of birds. The fishing, a traditional activity in Camargue, is practiced in the Imperial reserve in a boat without motor which imposes the use, as formerly, of the "partygue" (pole). Fishermen are looking for shrimps, eels.
At the graus level (or passages), communication canals between the sea and the littoral ponds, you will find fish, towards the flooded sansouïre and the ponds or towards the sea. Migrating species include mullet, sea bass, but also sea bream, sole and especially eel. Born in the Sargasso Sea, she joined the Atlantic and Mediterranean coasts after a long journey. She comes to grow in the coastal ponds or rivers where she spends several years of her life.
The fortified church of Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer
True highlight of the Camargue (15 m), the church offers a breathtaking view of the village and all the Camargue. The 53 steps of a spiral staircase lead to the roof of the church where the panorama unfolds in all its splendour : up there, you can take advantage of a wide angle vision on the city, the sea and the ponds. Intense and sparkling blue of the Mediterranean Sea, purple hue of the Imperial pond The wind, the sun, the view of the calm expanse of the sea invite you to discover this landscape.
1- Turn right towards Pioch Badet. Continue following the direction of Pioch Badet.
2- At the intersection with the D570, turn left towards Pioch Badet. Continue for approximately 400 m and then take the first road to the right.
3 - At the intersection with the D85A, go to the right, Route de Cacharel, then continue for about 10 km to reach the starting point of the circuit, the Tourist Office of Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer .
Caution on the D38!
Attention on the D570, very busy road!
OT Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer - Tourisme en Camargue
5 Avenue Van Gogh, 13460 Saintes Maries de la Mer
04 90 97 82 55
the Camargue museum
Mas du pont de rousty, 13200 Arles
+33 (0)4 90 97 10 40
Remember to visit the Camargue museum! It is located next to the administrative centre of the Camargue Nature Park.
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