Wild Flamingos in the Camargue

If I could ever imagine a place to settle down, the south of France would be it. The warm waves of the Mediterranean lap up on the pristine beaches, wild flamingos dot the shoreline, semi-feral white horses graze in the pastures between the forks of the Rhine, and road-side shacks offer up everything from fresh shucked oysters to truffles and fois gras. The Camargue is a beautiful haven just south of the city of Arles, along the Cote d’Azur.

Many tour groups will offer guided jeep tours of the Camargue, but the easiest approach is to hop in a car and head straight into the National Park and see it for yourself. There is unrestricted access to much of the wetland and it is possible to get within arm’s length of the flamingos.

Les Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer is a small tourist town that’s worth a stop. The 14th century church in the town, contains the statue of “Black Sarah”, popular with Roman gypsies. There are also nice shops, restaurants, and a beautiful boardwalk to discover.

Don’t pass up the opportunity to relax on the beach and enjoy a refreshing swim. And if you do end up staying, I’m sure I’ll be seeing you around!

4 comments

  1. A great thing with Les-Saintes-Maries is it’s supposed to be the place where Joseph of Arimathea landed in Gaul after he sailed from the Holy Land with “the Marys”, Mary-Magdalene and Mary of Bethany . Just when they were leaving they heard a call : it was Sarah “the Egyptian”, and she is the Black Virgin the Gypsies venerate .

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