Activities in Camargue
Hotel l’Auberge Cavalière du Pont des Bannes is ideally located in the heart of the Camargue nature reserve. There are many activities in the Camargue: white horses, black bulls and pink flamingos represent only a tiny part of what the site has to offer. To discover them, all means are available to you: walks, horseback riding, cycling, horse-drawn carriage or jeep rides.
Perhaps you prefer to take a break and relax in front of the swamp by the pool, in the shade of a tamarisk… or relax at the SPA…
Sports and leisure in Camargue
The hotel offers several possibilities for sporting activities besides horseback riding, such as tennis, mountain biking, golf courses nearby. On the river side, you can go up the small Rhône by boat with your family, or go down by canoe with friends.
On the sea side, the east and west exits of the village have “private beaches”; these areas provide holidaymakers with a comfort zone with mattresses, parasols, drinks and food. Rather quiet, the Mediterranean is ideal for family swimming and swimming, the wind also allows lovers of sliding sports, windsurfers and kite surfers, to practice their sport in an exceptional environment.
The Camargue, a vast wetland located in the Rhône delta, is a mecca for biological richness and diversity of fauna and flora, especially birds.
Open all year round, the Pont de Gau ornithological park, located 3 km from the hotel, shelters the most varied species: pink flamingos of course, but also egrets, coots, coot, spatulas, tadorns, herons… as many species to discover, observe or photograph from the observatories created for this purpose.
Culture, Tradition and Activities in Camargue
The Camargue calendar is punctuated by a series of dates and events that cannot be ignored:
- the November 11th shelters
- the Camargue race
- the Camargue and Delta Festival
- scrap metal
- the Horse Festival in July
- the gypsy pilgrimage on May 24
On the fringes of the Rhône delta, the marshes as a whole constitute a complex and highly diversified ecosystem that includes most of the Camargue’s avifauna. This abundance and diversity are subject to a very fragile balance that is governed by seasonal variations and annual wildlife life cycles. This fragility was at the origin of the creation of the National Reserve in 1927.
The Camargue horse
Mentioned since Roman antiquity, the Camargue horse is a small rustic saddle horse breed with a grey coat and above all one of the strong symbols of its region of origin, along with the black bull and the pink flamingo. It is traditionally bred in semi-freedom in manades, the exclusive mount of the region’s guardians who use it for livestock work and many popular festivals.
The Camargue bull
He wears a shiny black dress and horns in the shape of a lyre, or very spicy cup.
This animal is imposing but relatively light, 1.40 m on average for males and 1.20 m for females, for 250 to 400 kg, hence its ability to run. It is the only European breed that is still considered wild. It is a so-called “brave” breed, mainly intended for bullfighting.
Beaches and reserve
The coastline of the Camargue delta offers a fine sandy beach of about sixty kilometres bordering the Gulf of Beauduc, bounded by the Rhône to the east and the Petit Rhône to the west.
These two arteries divide the Camargue into 3 sectors:
- the western sector or “Petite camargue”
- the central sector or “Grande Camargue”, also known as “l’île de la Camargue”
- the eastern sector or “Plan du Bourg”
A legendary site, created in 1838, its shore welcomed, at the dawn of Christianity, Mary Jacobé, Mary Salome and their servant Sara, persecuted Christians fleeing Palestine on a boat without a rudder. The village of Les Saintes-Maries offers visitors the image of its proud and protective church and promises a visit rich in emotions under an ever-changing light.