Labelled as “Grand Site de France”; with an space of nearly 40 000 hectares, this area has the particularity of carrying on four classified sites:
- the marshes of the Tour Carbonnière,
- the pond of the City of Aigues-Mortes and its surroundings,
- the panorama you can discover since the coastal road (RD 62) on the Remparts of Aigues Mortes
- the classified site of the Espiguette in the Grau du Roi.
These entities are representative of the different landscape identities of the Camargue Gardoise: marshes, reedbeds on the Tour Carbonnière site, ponds and salt marshes around Aigues-Mortes, dunes, sansouires and brackish marshes in the Espiguette site; all facets of this territory.
The strong attractiveness of the beaches and the built heritage (Cité d'Aigues-Mortes and Tour Carbonnière) contribute to an annual attendance of more than 2 million visitors.
The Camargue Gardoise is a very singular territory with flat landscapes strongly influenced by water. The incessant struggle of the Rhône, the Vidourle rivers and the sea, combined with the action of man, have created through the ages like a mosaic of landscapes of a rare richness.
The Camargue hosts an exceptional living heritage and hosts many species of animal and plant. The intense light reflecting in the marshes water, in the lagoons, the diversity of the surroundings following the seasons and the climatic whims give to the landscapes of Camargue its unique character.
The Tour Carbonnière raising in the middle of the marshes creates a privileged observatory allowing to comprehend the landscape of the Camargue Gardoise. At the top, from the terrace, you can discover this unique and exceptional wetland : ponds, meadows, marshes, reedbeds...
This safe haven has become the kingdom of aigrettes garzettes, gray herons, water chickens, coypu and many other species of birds and mammals. Here, gently graze the horses and bulls of the Camargue.
Tour Carbonnière - Ancient road of Aigues-Mortes
Free entry and discovery trail in the surrounding marsh
Open all year, 24 / 7
Information Tourism Office - 04.66.88.17.00.
Mahistre - Beautiful protected area in the middle of the Camargue, the domain of Mahistre is a vast stretch of 136 hectares.
This area of marshes and lagoons is classified as Réserve Naturelle Régionale (County natural reserve). It is only accessible on guided tours (pre-registration required). Because of its inaccessibility, it is a paradise for all birds that frequent the region.
The domain is representative of the Camargue Gardoise (reedbeds, jonchaies, sansouïres, ponds etc.), a great diversity with more than 150 species of birds then the presence of a large population of the very threatened aquatic tortoise Cistude attesting of the Exceptional heritage value of this area.
For visit registration is required
Information Scamandre Center - 04 66 73 52 05