If you’re looking for incredible nature, unique species, wondrous lakes and one of France’s most beautiful natural landmarks, Camargue is the perfect place for you. Surrounded by both arms of the Rhône river and hugged by the Mediterranean sea in the South, this natural region is a hidden gem in the South of France.
As the largest river delta in the entire continent of Europe, much of Camargue’s area is protected by several institutions. UNESCO has named it a World Heritage Site, as well as a biosphere reserve, in the hopes of protecting its incredibly delicate environment, especially that within its natural park, the Parc naturel régional de Camargue.
Its rich marshland, lakes, ocean coastline, sandbars and gorgeous lagoons make for some of the country’s most incredible natural fluvial landscapes. The reflections of nature in the waters of the natural region are often acclaimed as a site no one should miss.
Nature lovers will also be able to appreciate the region’s flora and fauna, both of which are unique and diverse. In fact, Camargue is known for its hundreds of species of birds, which include the beautiful flamingo species only found in certain areas in Europe. Another species from the region that has gained worldwide fame are the majestic white Camargue horses, which can often be found galloping freely in packs. Of course, the horses and the cattle, as well as most other domesticated species found in the region, are kept in check and controlled. They do, however, enjoy a freedom few domesticated species ever enjoy.
We’ll be visiting Camargue on Ralph Grizzle’s June 17, 2015 barge cruise in the south of France.