Jun 18 Camargue

I had always wanted to visit the Camargue due to images of wild white ponies galloping through the open countryside and crowds of pink flamingos.  As we were close by at this point, we decided to head in the opposite direction from our planned route and spend a few days chasing my dream.

We stayed in two locations within the Camargue National Parc, one in the countryside and one on the coast.  Both gave us easy access to the wilder areas and were close to the main attractions.  We visited the Parc Ornithologique for close up views of the flamingos and were amazed by the variety of herons and other wildlife on offer there.

Lake full of flamingoes
More flamingoes. Very bendy necks!
Bit of a flap

More pictures – so many to choose from!

Heron
Heron
Nesting herons
Reflective heron
Roosting!
Handsome chap
Taking a stroll
Lovely dark salmon under wings
Two flamingoes in flight
Change of bird

We also explored the environment around the Camargue National Park and there were yet more flamingos and wild ponies.  There were a lot more ponies to be observed at the many horseback touring stables throughout the area.  I was a bit tempted but decided against taking to the saddle after a break of over 40 years!

Open space of the wild Camargue
Wild ponies grazing freely

 

We spent a few days at Saint Maries de la Mer which is on the coast of the Camargue.  The site was in a great position with the beach on one side and the National Parc, complete with flamingos, on the other.  It was a 30 minute stroll into the rather quaint seaside town with the church dominating the town and visible from miles around.

Church of Saint Marie
Inside the church
Museum in the centre
Small square in St Maries de la Mer

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