We arrived yesterday in the Carmargue region of Provence. Our campground was at the small town of Les Stes-Maries-de-la-Mer and we were surprised how many motorhomes were in the campground considering the time of year.
The Carmargue is completely different to the rest of Provence. It is in fact the River Rhone delta and a landscape of lagoons, marshes and dunes- a mosquito heaven during the summer months when it is hot and humid.
On our first day we explored the town Les Stes-Maries-de-la-Mer in the morning visiting the local market and in the afternoon wandered along the coastal path from the campground. The major wildlife in this area is the pink flamingoes which although born grey turn pink between four and seven years old. We spotted quite a few on our short walk along with egrets and herons. As we were walking by one of the inlets we also spotted what looked like a very large rat or beaver. In fact we later learnt that the French call it a Ragondin or a coypu and originated from South America.
We also saw some original Carmargue houses many of which are holiday lets.