A Trip to the Camargue with Little Ones

The Camargue with Kids: While we were staying the South of France with Eurocamp we decided to drive down to the Camargue. We were staying at Esterel Camping in St Raphael so it was quite a drive. Around two hours. However the weather was forecast to be better and since we like a road trip we decided to chance it.

The Carmargue itself is where the river Rhone joins the sea. Its a large area made up of a couple of towns, a national park and salt flats. Its a large area which you really need to see by car. Although if you have older children its possible to cycle across the bottom of it, which I could imagine is pretty spectacular. At almost six and two ours were a bit young unfortunately.

Our plan was to head to Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer on one side and then Le Salin d’Aigues-Mortes on the other to see the salt flats. On our drive down we kept an eye out for the special white horses which are a particular breed for the area. We saw quite a few roaming around just like they do in the new forrest. However there were also a large number of riding schools. I felt a bit sorry for the horses all saddled up waiting for people to decide to take them out for a ride.

On our drive down both sides of the road were predominately rice fields surround by high reeds. Having not seen them before it sparked an interesting conversation with Monkey. We also spotted some sunflower fields although the flowers were no where near ready. Much to my disappointment. On the drive down we also passed the Parc naturel régional de Camargue where you can go and see all manner of birds. Including the famous flamingos. However since the weather was little suspect we decided to stay in the car and see if we could spot some in the wild. Which we did just on the way into Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer. Even the petrol station opposite where we saw them was called Flamingo Services which makes me think it could be a regular haunt for them.

There is lots of free parking in Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer although we struggled to find a space and parked for 5€ in a carpark on the front. The town is made up of small streets and squares. There are plenty of places to eat and drink. As well a buy souvenirs of rice and salt. We stopped for a bite to eat from one of street stalls. Monkey tried calamari for the first time and wasn’t a fan!

There is a very small beach. Because of salt the sand looks a bit of a dirty white but is perfectly fine for a paddle. Although we decided to head over to Le Salin d’Aigues-Mortes to see the salt flats. In order to reach the town you need to drive back along the road you came in on. On the way we saw some young bulls. The area is well known for bull fighting but they don’t kill the young bulls instead they tie tassels between their horns which are then collected by the matadors. When we visited it was out of season for any of the shows, I can imagine its quite a spectacle.

It took about half an hour to drive to the salt flats. We didn’t really have any time to explore the town itself. Instead we headed straight for the salt. The water is a distinctive pink colour although we visited at the wrong time of year and I believe it is meant to be more vibrant in the Summer. When there is more heat to expose the salt. Although there was still a salt mountain to see. I also think that later in the year you can climb them. Which has left us wondering if its going to be somewhere we would like to come back to.

Afterwards we drove to Arles to look at the Amphitheatre. It is possible to go inside but with the boys getting hungry we decided against it. I think if you are travelling with small children there is easily enough to do for two days in this region.

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23 Comments

  1. Rosemary Tily
    July 22, 2018 / 12:37 pm

    Great photos! You did well to fit in so much -there is certainly plenty to see and experience here.

  2. paula cheadle
    July 22, 2018 / 10:01 pm

    this looks like my kind of place

  3. Margaret GALLAGHER
    July 23, 2018 / 3:05 pm

    Amazing place – yet another ive not visited

  4. Annabel Greaves
    July 23, 2018 / 3:27 pm

    Looks fun

  5. July 23, 2018 / 8:10 pm

    Oh I love the pink salt flats they are so pretty! You did manage to do loads! I would have loved to see a photo of flamingoes. I am surprised the weather was suspect though – what a shame after all the weather we have had here.

  6. July 23, 2018 / 8:37 pm

    Wow what a beautiful photo walk – i dont know how many times i was looking at your beautiful photos but mow i really want to pack and go on hollidays

  7. July 23, 2018 / 9:41 pm

    Beautiful photos. We visited the South of France a couple of years ago, but haven’t heard of this place. I especially like the look of the amphitheatre – such history in that building!

  8. paula cheadle
    July 23, 2018 / 9:59 pm

    love the photo’s

  9. July 24, 2018 / 9:29 am

    I love a road trip! And from the looks of your photos, it was definitely worth the trip 🙂

  10. July 24, 2018 / 10:31 am

    What a stunning place to visit! Are those wild flamingoes?! I’d love to visit there one day and do that bike ride you mention. 🙂

  11. July 24, 2018 / 11:44 am

    What a beautiful part of the world to visit. Love the look of the Amphitheatre in Arles x

  12. Tracy Nixon
    July 25, 2018 / 4:54 am

    Looks fun!

  13. July 25, 2018 / 8:47 pm

    What an interesting place, my son would love exploring here. Interesting buildings and a place to learn new things too

  14. Samantha O'D
    July 29, 2018 / 9:02 am

    Lovely photos

  15. Ashleigh Allan
    August 4, 2018 / 8:33 pm

    Looks like a good place to visit!

  16. Natalie Crossan
    August 6, 2018 / 5:34 pm

    This looks really beautiful – I would love to visit with my daughter someday 🙂

  17. Sally Collingwood
    August 8, 2018 / 8:25 am

    Your children look so cute knocking on that big red door!

  18. Samantha Philpott
    August 20, 2018 / 12:53 pm

    We’ve always wanted to go the South of France it looks beautiful

  19. Rebecca Whatmore
    August 22, 2018 / 3:17 pm

    Have never tried Eurocamp. Love the photos – looked like you had a great time!

  20. Susan B
    August 23, 2018 / 9:04 am

    I have heard of the Camargue but knew nothing else about it. Lovely review and lovely pics. Lucky boys.

  21. MANDY DOHERTY
    August 23, 2018 / 11:43 am

    Never heard of Camargue but your post and pics have made me want to find out more about it

  22. Hayley Todd
    August 23, 2018 / 4:21 pm

    What an absolutely beautiful place! I know a few people who have visited the Camargue and all of them have said how wonderful it is.

  23. Jeanette Leighton
    August 23, 2018 / 10:37 pm

    Very picturesque the views and landscape looks lovely

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