On the Tuesday afternoon of our stay at Les Tourades (see the last two blogs), we headed off round Arles into the flat wind-swept expanse of the Camargue. It’s famous for being one of the most distinctive regions of France, the vast delta mouth of the Rhone that was originally almost entirely marshland and lagoons, but which has now largely been reclaimed for agriculture. There’s a sandy coastline which seems to stretch on for ever, but probably the real interest in the Camargue is its natural history. We greatly enjoyed our visit, but you really wouldn’t want to be down there in a week when the ferocious mistral was blowing.

Yes there were people in the water even though it was early October

Typical view of lagoon and salt-marsh

Those famous white horses…

… and black bulls …

… and flamingos

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