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REGIONAL PARKS

The Luberon, the Alpilles and the Camargue will enchant you with their colourful natural sites, rich flora and fauna, charming hilltop villages and breathtaking views. Welcome to the heart of Provence... 

THE CAMARGUE
(40 minutes from Salon de Provence)

A territory at the confluence of the Gard and the Bouches du Rhône, the Languedoc and Provence, the Rhône and the Mediterranean. To the south of Arles, in the Rhône delta, the Camargue covers an area of 150,000 hectares between sky, land and sea. Covered with ponds and lagoons, it is a land of breeding horses and bulls that live in freedom in the middle of pink flamingos and hundreds of other animal species. Discover the gardian culture and its traditions, its towns with an exceptionally rich historical past, walks or horse rides between the sea and the ponds, 

tourist route, water sports or lazing on the beach, you will be spoilt for choice! 

  

Tourist Office of the Camargue

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La Camargue

Our suggestions for visits 

The ornithological park of Pont de Gau 

The ornithological park of Pont de Gau, here is a nice opportunity for a walk and at the same time to take advantage of the beauties offered by the world of birds in freedom, all year round. 

On 60 hectares of ponds, marshes, lawns, reed beds... the ornithological park of Pont de Gau offers its 

observatories and footpaths accessible to pushchairs and wheelchairs, to get up close to most of the bird species of Camargue. 

 

There are several circuits to choose from, up to 7 km. 

Among the species usually on the site: pink flamingos (hundreds), herons, storks 

herons, storks, egrets, teals, birds of prey, etc. 

Upon reservation, an ornithologist guides small groups. 

Open every day of the year, except 25 December. 

 More info 

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Camargue towns not to be missed:

Les Saintes-Maries de la Mer: capital of the Camargue, seaside resort and place of pilgrimage 

Saint-Gilles: a historic town with ancient origins 

Le Grau-du-Roi: a seaside resort 

Saint-Martin de Crau : a town in the countryside, with a unique Provencal landscape, the Crau, the last protected steppe in Europe 

Aigues-Mortes: an unreal city set in the middle of marshes and lagoons 

Arles: a city of art and history at the gateway to the Camargue 

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ALPILLES
(35 minutes from Salon de Provence)

An enchanting natural site located in the north west of the Bouches du Rhône department, in Provence. 

This chain of limestone hills culminates at 498 m and offers a panorama that stretches from Mont 

Ventoux to the Cévennes, from the Sainte Victoire mountain to the Camargue. Not to be missed: the 

citadel of Les Baux de Provence and the Carrière de Lumières, the sites of Glanum and the Antiques at 

Saint-Rémy de Provence, Fontvieille, famous for its Daudet mill... and many other villages with 

authentic charm. 

Alpilles en Provence Intercommunal Tourist Office  

Alpilles

Our suggestions for visits 

The Chateau of Baux-de-Provence

Overlooking the village and perched on the upper part of the rock, the Château des Baux site covers more than 5 hectares: it is one of the most extraordinary places in France, protected as a Historic Monument. 

You will discover the main remains of the castle's tumultuous past. The visitor discovers 

in 24 illustrations the Castle as it was in the Middle Ages. The illustrations bring the various buildings back to life. 27 panels explaining the local history and geography punctuate the visit. 

 

Opening hours: All year round, every day. 

January / February / November / December: 10am - 5pm. 

April / May / June / September: 9am - 7pm. 

July & August: 9am - 7.30pm. 

Last entry 1 hour before closing time. 

More info 

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Cities in the Alpilles not to be missed: 

Saint Martin de Crau: a town in the countryside  

 

Barbentane: a medieval village between Avignon and Alpilles 

 

Maussanne-les-Alpilles: the village of the four seasons 

 

Les Baux de Provence : an open-air museum in the heart of the Alpilles 

 

Saint-Rémy de Provence : here, the art of living is an institution 

 

Mouriès : the first olive-growing village in France 

 

Eygalières : the most beautiful village in the Alpilles 

 

Tarascon : source of history and legends 

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