The Reserve, which covers more than 13,000 hectares in the Camargue region, is one of Europe’s largest wetlands reserves. This vast, intact expanse of land, located in the municipalities of Arles and Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer, benefits from total protection.
This unique reserve draws its internationally-renowned heritage from the diversity of its habitats and its native species (in particular the 276 bird species, 258 of which are heritage species) and from its ecological contribution.
Much of the reserve is open to visitors and offers trails and tour opportunities :
La Capelière : an exhibition and a naturalist giftshop, a 1.5 km nature trail through the various Camargue landscapes (forest, grassland, sansouire and reed beds), 4 marsh wildlife observatories,
Salin de Badon : The ruins of this former royal salt works are easily accessible, but prior authorisation is required and delivered at La Capelière. The building leads onto 4.5 kilometres of incredible nature trails.
The sea dike and the Gacholle Lighthouse :
The sea dike, which is closed to motor vehicle traffic, gives access to 20 kilometres of footpaths and cycling trails from the La Gacholle car park.