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Nature getaway in Camargue

One of the most beautiful and preserved natural site in the south of France

Story by Fabien Bazanegue May 16th, 2017

Aigues Mortes

This weekend trip starts in the medieval city of Aigues Mortes, strolling in its charming narrow streets.

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Charming Hotel in the Heart of Aigues Mortes
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Aigues Mortes walls as seen from Salins du Midi

Aigues Mortes salt marshes

Not far from Aigues Mortes, one can visit the Salt Marsh ("Salins du Midi"). There you take a miniature train which will take you for a ride for over an hour around the Salt Marshes. You will learn how the salt is obtained from the sea and why the seawater turns to pink. You will even climb a giant salt mountain and enjoy a magnificent view on the salt marshes and AiguesMortes.

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Parc Ornithologique du Pont de GAU

Eastward of Aigues Mortes, you enter the heart of Camargue Regional Natural Park. On the way to Saintes Marie de la Mer, the "Pont de Gau" Ornithological Park definitively worth a visit if you want to experience the incredible diversity of wildlife.

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Pont de Gau Ornithological Park is the ideal site to discover, observe and photograph a plethora of bird species.

Amongst them, the pink flamingos are the kings.

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The plus factor of Pont de Gau is the surprising proximity between visitor and nature.

It is on the Park’s trails, where the peaceful silence is only broken by the bird songs, that you can observe, even closer still, birds that seem to totally ignore you.

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La Gacholle lighthouse

Finally, our trip ends at Saintes Maries de la Mer where we rented bikes to reach after a 15km ride the Gacholle lighthouse.

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Footnote: All photos taken with a Fujifilm XT-2 and a 16-55mm lense
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