Known for its splendid natural beauty and close to the beaches of the Mediterranean Sea in southern France, the Camargue covers an area of over 900 square kilometres and is Western Europe's largest river delta. It forms part of the Provence region.
The landscape comprises saltwater lagoons, rivers, lush grasslands, rice paddies and vineyards.
With more than 400 species of bird living in the marshes, you’d be advised to bring your binoculars! From hawks and eagles to the much photographed and prolific pink flamingos, this is a birdwatcher’s paradise.
Home to herds of the indigenous ancient breed of white horses, the Camargue is also renowned for its black bulls.
Watch the Gardiens, Europe’s only cowboys, as they breed and train the bulls and horses in the region’s manades, or ranches.
Discover the fortress town of Aigues-Mortes, rising above the salt flats, explore the old town of Sète with its network of canals, or visit the town of Arles, Van Gogh’s inspiration for hundreds of paintings and drawings, with its Roman amphitheatre.
After a memorable day’s cruising, sample the local delicacies including superb beef from the bulls and cows of the Taureau de Camargue AOP, fresh seafood, natural red rice and Camargue honey. Season with Camargue salt or the Fleur de Sel condiment and accompany your repast with rosé wine from the Camargue or the wines of nearby Provence and Languedoc-Roussillon.
The climate is typically Mediterranean: the summers are hot and dry with a cooling breeze from the sea and the winters are mild.
With more sunshine here than anywhere else in France, you can enjoy good weather right through to the end of October.
Take advantage of virtually lock-free cruising in the Camargue.
Cruise the Etang du Thau, with its oyster beds and numerous birds, including some rare species, or the Canal du Rhône à Sète, which borders sandy beaches.