Birdwatching In Camargue – What Should You Know?
Camargue is located on the Mediterranean cost, in two French regions: Languedoc and Alpes Cote d’Azur. The closest nearby attractions are Arles and Nimes and most tourists will visit through the airports in Marseile and Nimes. While there are many different attractions that can be enjoyed by tourists in the area, birdwatching is really popular since there are over 400 species that are identified by BirdLife International. This marks Camargue as an IBA – Important Bird Area. The ponds there are one of the few habitats for greater flamingos in Europe.
Camargue is a distinctive area of France, with dramatic mountain landscapes and a wide selection of outdoor activities you can enjoy. Birdwatching enthusiasts will feel at home and will love to spend a lot of time there.
Camargue Natural Park
The Camargue Natural Park is a UNESCO biosphere reserve. You can visit it at any point in time but we highly recommend a visit during Autumn or Spring. That is when the wetlands of the park are a main staging point for literally hundreds of thousands of birds that are migrating. The Camargue will attract birdwatches from Europe and from other continents.
Visitors will really love to admire the wildlife, mainly the pink flamingos. You will need to visit the Camargue ornithological park for the best possible experiences. This is a bird park located north of Saintes Marie de la Mer. There is also a bird hospital that you will appreciate.
Other Activities To Consider
You will love the birdwatching experience that is offered but that is not the only available that is available. Take a quick look at the following activities you will appreciate:
- Cycling, Beaches And Hiking
- Bull Runs
- Salt And Rice visits
- Rhone River trips – starting right outside Saintes Marie
Remember that there are many tour operators that you can choose from. Also, travels to the area may or may not include birdwatching. Do not just assume that you are going to be faced with such an opportunity in the event that it is not included in the itinerary. Also, take into account that there are various interesting reviews that are written about tour operators.