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The Camargue, or Rhône River delta, is a wetlands area located on the southern coast of France, south of the city of Arles. The area is popular with birders, campers, hikers, cyclists, kayakers, and beachcombers. The marshes and brine lagoons of the Camargue, protected by a regional park, are home to a wide variety of plant and animal life, in particular flamingos and other birds. The Camargue also boasts well known domesticated animals, the horses and bulls that bear its name. Arles is the gateway to the Camargue, and has many attractions of its own, especially several well preserved structures dating from the Roman period, including a ...

The Camargue, or Rhône River delta, is a wetlands area located on the southern coast of France, south of the city of Arles. The area is popular with birders, campers, hikers, cyclists, kayakers, and beachcombers. The marshes and brine lagoons of the Camargue, protected by a regional park, are home to a wide variety of plant and animal life, in particular flamingos and other birds. The Camargue also boasts well known domesticated animals, the horses and bulls that bear its name. Arles is the gateway to the Camargue, and has many attractions of its own, especially several well preserved structures dating from the Roman period, including a theater, an arena (now home to bullfights), and baths built by the emperor Constantine. Arles also has a long association with the arts; Van Gogh spent the last productive years of his life here, and every July the city hosts a prestigious photography festival.

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Juliette Rogers is coauthor of the guidebooks Eating New England: A Food Lovers Guide to Eating Locally, Secret Providence and Newport, and two Thomas Cook guides on France.

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  • Location: Camargue is the region located south of Arles, France, between the Mediterranean Sea and the two arms of the Rhône River delta. Camargue was designated a Ramsar site as a "Wetland of International Importance" on December 1, 1986.
  • Language: French
  • Currency: Euro
  • Research: Arles | Arles | Arles
  • Weather: Rainfall | Daylight
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    Year round; in July, the photography festival makes things crowded.