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7 Reasons You Should Go To The Camargue

It’s hard to say when the Barefoot Blogger will ever get her fill of visiting the Camargue.

The preserved area south of Arles,  the Parc naturel régional de Camargue, is between the Mediterranean and the Rhone river delta. One-third of the Camargue is marshland, lagoons and lakes. The rest is cultivated fields brimming at different times of the year with rice, grapes and grain.

The ecology of the area is unlike any other place in the world. White Camarguais horses roam on open fields with Camargue bulls and all feed only on natural feed and grasses. Salt mines that create pink-tinted lagoons and canals produce some of the world’s finest salts.  Shrimp that thrive on the algae in the pinkish waterways feed flamingoes that gather in ponds and pools alongside the fields and roads. The shrimp diet colors the birds’ feathers pink.  It’s all a grand circle of life.

The Camargue Safari

The most recent jaunt to the Camargue was with my guests from the States, including 10-year-old McKenna. While her mother and I thought a safari would be a huge thrill for McKenna, we all totally enjoyed the 4-hour tour by jeep. It wasn’t just because of our adorable and multi-lingual guide, we learned there are at least 7 reasons this place is so amazing … and so popular for tourists. 

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Reason #1: The Camarguais horses

 

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Reason #2: The Camargue bulls

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Camargues Bulls

 

Reason #3: Flamingos

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Flamingos in the Camargue

 

 

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Flamingo

 

Reason #4: Salt mines

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Salt processed in the Camargue

 

 

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Balin Salt brand from the Camargue is exported worldwide

 

Reason #5: Rice

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Rice fields in the Camargue

 

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Reason #6: Wine

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Reason #7: The culture

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A home of a Gardian, or “rancher”

 

 

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The Camargue cross is a symbol of “faith, hope and charity” to dwellers of the region

 

For more about the Camargues, please see these earlier posts:

Back to the Camargue: The White Horses

Day Trip from Uzes: Arles, Saintes-Maries-De-La-Mer and the Camargue

For your own Camargue Safari, contact Nancy McGee at southernfranceluxury.com

 

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  1. Were you able to do this 4 hour safari leaving from Uzes, or were you closer to the Camargue at the time ? Will be in Uzes next year and would love to do this trip.

    • You can go from Uzes to the meeting place of the safari easily. In fact, we stopped for lunch in Aigues Mortes too. The Safari begins at 2 or 2:30. Nancy McGee is listed now on the post to set up the date for you. She’s fabulous to work with for any plans you want to make. Thanks for the email, too. Apologies for not getting back sooner. Let me know when you’re in Uzes!

      • Thanks so much for this. No apology needed – wasn’t sure if I had the right email, and then I found the web page comments. Keep up the posts – make us all envious!

        • Glad you enjoy reading the blog. I love doing it!let me know if there’s anything you want to know about Uzes, etc. I’ll try to help answer or find someone who can.

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