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Do you dream of nature holidays in the heart of Camargue?

Set your bags down at Camping Les Bois Flottés, and enjoy the sunshine all along the six kilometres of fine sandy beach at Piémanson.

Camping Les Bois Flottés is located in Salin de Giraud, a salt-producing village roughly forty kilometres from Arles, in the heart of the Camargue regional park. An ideal holiday destination for exploration and a change of scenery!

Camargue is a wetland region of exceptional importance: it’s the only delta of its size in France, and stands out in Europe for its biologically rich ecosystems. Located on the migration route of birds from the north of Europe heading towards Africa, it represents a vital stopover for avifauna.
The formation and perpetual evolution of the Rhône delta over the centuries have fashioned a unique landscape, characterised by its flatness. Indeed, the highest point of the delta is a mere 4 metres above sea level, and its low point 1.5 metres below sea level! There are no obstacles blocking the view over the space, and the slightest construction can be spotted a long way off. Brackish water, freshwater, sun and wind make up the diversity of natural factors.
The originality and international patrimonial interest of the Camargue reserve lie in the diversity of its habitats and the species which occupy them – in particular the 276 species of birds – and in the area’s ecological system.

To the north lies Arles, capital of Camargue: an ancient Roman city, but also a centre for art, heritage and history.
You can trek through the heart of the Camargue regional park, discovering its biotope and local flora and fauna, and roam the wild beaches right up to the traditional village of Saintes Maries de la Mer.

Camargue

A wild expanse of great biodiversity: the Camargue regional park, with its 150,000 hectares of flora and fauna, is classed as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. Dive into the adventure and ignite the senses with the traditions of Camargue. Go horseback riding and discover the manades, mixed herds of Camargue bulls and horses that sustain the local herdsmen or Gardians. Not to be missed is the Marais du Vigueirat nature reserve, 60 hectares of vital stopover area on the migration route for avifauna.
In a single area, you’ll find a host of different landscapes and backdrops: salt marshes, reed beds, samphire marshes, lakes and canals. Every landscape is different in Camargue.

Beaches

The Camargue coast stretches out into infinity, amid salt marshes and pools. It’s the perfect place to take a sunny stroll and enjoy the six kilometres of fine sandy beach at Piémanson. Just a few minutes from Salin-de-Giraud, it’s a 100% natural beach for lovers of wild open areas! The beach is located between the Rhône river mouth and Beauduc lighthouse. It’s widely known as one of the most untouched beaches in France.
Beauduc is the natural destination for anyone wanting to kitesurf, perfect when the mistral wind is blowing! The hamlet of Sablons, with its traditional cottages, is there to be discovered.

 

Salin de Giraud

To the south east of the Camargue delta and forty kilometres from Arles is the village of Salin de Giraud, home to vast salt production since the latter half of the 19th century.
From an environmental viewpoint, the salt marsh area is a major asset for birds, especially the pink flamingos that find all the food they need there. Salin de Giraud’s beaches are Piémanson and Beauduc, both very popular in Summer.
In the area you’ll find Camargue bull shows, the Etang de Fangassier lake, the protected site of Domaine de la Palissade, and worker accommodation that tells of the life of salt merchants.

Arles

Just a few kilometres from Camping Les Bois Flottés, you can submerge yourself in the cultural richness of Arles. Fans of time-honoured heritage will love the amphitheatre, ancient theatre and ancient Arles museum. Depending on the season, you might find yourself swept up in Provençal folklore with the people of Arles and the Gardians, Camargue bull shows, Pegoulado and Ferias and their bull runs that take place on this occasion in the town’s arenas! Arles may be steeped in its traditions, culture and heritage, but it’s also a centre for art and contemporary culture, which you’ll find out at the Rencontres d’Arles, an international photography festival. Camping des Bois Flottés is the ideal base camp for exploring this ancient Romanesque heritage and centre for history and culture.

Les Alpilles

The Alpilles regional park is characterised by its rugged white limestone terrain. In the hills is a fortified village of great authentic charm, a veritable open-air museum called Les Baux de Provence. The citadel offers a breathtaking panoramic view over the Alpilles, the olive groves and the brush. Visit the Château des Baux on the rock and relive the medieval period thanks to the performances organised there. Great artists’ creations await you at the Carrières de Lumières, a sumptuous venue in which works of art are projected onto the walls and floor of the stone cathedral! The Baux valley is also know for its Protected Designation of Origin olive oil, which you can try at the mills, still in service today.

Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer

Take advantage of Camping Les Bois Flottés’ location in the heart of Camargue to pay a visit to Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer. On the road leading you to this unmissable gypsy community site, you’ll circumnavigate the Etang de Vaccarès, a salt water lagoon that characterises Camargue with the beauty of its flora and fauna. Camargue horses, bulls and of course majestic pink flamingos, as well as herons and egrets, will accompany you to the village – especially if you choose to take the Cacharel route.
Once at the village, look for Saint Sarah the Black, the destination of an important pilgrimage every year in May.

Aigues-Mortes

Aigues-Mortes, or “stagnant water” in the Occitan language, derives its name from the surrounding marshes and lagoons. Every year in October, the town celebrates the end of the harvest and salt collection. This traditional town also plays host to Camargue bull shows. In Aigues-Mortes, don’t miss the Tour de Constance and the ramparts stretching 1600 metres to protect the town centre, a testimony to military life in marshland. Once you’ve completed the tour of the town heritage, try the fougasse d’Aigues-Mortes, a local speciality. In Provence, it’s traditionally enjoyed around Christmas time as one of the thirteen desserts.

La Crau

Take the Barcarin ferry to La Crau, a Mediterranean steppe with its brush, plains and wetlands.
This exceptional biotope is classed as the nature reserve where the avifauna is most dense.
The Saint-Martin-de-Crau ecomuseum offers you this special Provençal territory, a transhumance site where shepherds and sheep take a break after coming down from the mountains.
The flora has had to adapt to peculiar environmental conditions. Follow the paths of La Crau amid vital preserved fauna or pastoral land for a guaranteed change of scenery.