The Camargue Gardoise named 14th "Grand Site" of France

Published on February 07, 2014
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The Camargue region in Gard (in the south-east of France) has now joined the ranks of the Languedoc-Roussillon region's three other labeled "Grands Sites de France": the Pont du Gard, the village of Saint Guilhem le Désert and its surrounding Hérault Gorges, and the Canigou mountain range.

For 5,000 years, the Camargue has been shaped by changes in the sea level and movement of the Rhône river.

Famous throughout the world for its pink flamingos, the Camargue is a diverse area of reed beds, sandy beaches and salt marshes.

A vast wetland area situated in the Rhône delta, the Camargue is an important centre for Provençal culture and a fascinating destination with its rich biology, varied flora and fauna, diverse landscapes and unique agricultural activity.

Human additions to this exceptional natural site began in the Middle Ages, including the creation of the Rhône Canal in Sète during the 18th century and the embankment of the Rhône.

As discerned by the government of France, the "Grands Sites" label aims to recognize the quality of each site's visitor experience, environmental preservation and management by local actors.

An average of 2 million people visit the Camargue each year.

14 sites in France currently hold the "Grands Sites de France" title, but that number will reach 20 by 2017.

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