• The salt pans of the Camargue
  • Tombstoneof a bull - some of the bulls are more famous than their owners.
  • Camargue
  • The white horses of the Camargue
  • Camargue bulls
  • Flamingos

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The Camargue is South of Arles

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The Camargue

The Camargue is the name given to the huge delta of the Rhone River, south of Arles. The area has been changed over time with dykes, canals, salt production and attempts at agriculture (including the growing of rice). Landowners use the fresh water from the Rhone to flood various areas from time to time in an endeavour to reduce the salt levels in the soil.

The CamargueThe Camargue is home to a particular horse breed, the famous white Camarguais. Camargue horses are ridden by the gardians (cowboys), who rear the region's cattle for fighting bulls for export to Spain, as well as sheep. Many of these animals are raised in semi-feral conditions, allowed to roam through the Camargue. The cowboys' skills are shown annually in the "Fete des Gardians" in the Roman arena at Arles.

The Camargue is home to more than 400 species of birds. Its salty ponds provide one of the few European habitats for the greater flamingo. The marshes are also a prime habitat for many species of insects, including mosquitos.