Camargue: trip in the park at the mouth of the Rhone, what to see
What to see in Camargue, attractions and places to visit in this region of France located at the mouth of the Rhône, traveling between dunes, ponds and free animals.
The Camargue is a vast area of France, between the two branches of the Rhone delta and the Mediterranean Sea, which extends in practice throughout the ancient gulf that runs from Aigues-Mortes in Fos to climb up to Beaucaire. The largest river delta is limited to the west by the old bed of the Rhone that went from Beaucaire to Crau du Roi. To the east, starting from Beaucaire, skirts the Alpilles descending through the crau to the Gulf of Fos.
The alluvium deposited by the Rhone river over time have formed these lands, characterized by large expanses of sand, prairies from the soil salty, brackish ponds and marshes. An oasis of peace where among willows, reeds and the typical flora that adapts to conditions of salt water, live many species of birds and a particular breed of horses called Camargue.
But the most characteristic is undoubtedly the landscape consists of water, including ponds and salt marshes, where the life of the Camargue has preserved its environment rich in ancient traditions that still live on today. The Camargue, to safeguard its extraordinary natural environment, has been declared a national park and nature reserve.
Places to Visit in Camargue
– Aigues-Mortes, owes its name to the sandy marshes and ponds that surround it. The village is a beautiful example of medieval architecture, its construction was decided by King Louis IX, said the Holy One, getting by the monks of the abbey of Psalmody coastal lands, very interesting both as access to the Mediterranean, both for the proximity of the saline . From Aigues-Mortes left two crusades led by Louis IX. The main monument is the church of Notre Dame des Sablons (Our Lady of the Sands). The building, built in Gothic style has undergone several transformations over the centuries.
– Saintes Maries de la Mer, takes its name from an event that would occur at the beginning of the Christian era. According to tradition in this place you arrenò boat carrying Giacoma Maria, Maria Saloma, their servant Sara, Santa Marta, Santa Maddalena and San Lazzaro, expelled from Palestine after the death of Jesus. Both Marie and Sara decided to stay and to live in this place for the rest of their lives. Every year, in May, the gypsies converge in Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer from all over Europe to venerate Saint Sarah, their patron saint. The main monument of this particular seaside resort and place of pilgrimage, the Church is built in the twelfth century. The building is a small fortress with a parapet walk on the roof with loopholes and battlements, very useful in the past to protect the inhabitants from the attacks of the Saracens.
– Sansouire occupies the central part of the Camargue in France, located between dunes and farmland, which is the area of ponds and salt until above the Vaccarès. The local vegetation is very rare and is mainly characterized by saltworts which are halophyte plants, ie plants that prefer salty environments. During the summer, in the presence of the great heat, evaporation causes the whitening of the soil with salt deposits that originate a spectacular phenomenon of reverb. In this territory graze bulls and wild horses.