What a great attraction. It is not a bird park or enclosure, it is a natural marshland and the birds are free to come and go as they like (besides the owls in the cages) so it is a lucky dip if you will see anything but it is an extensive place with many pathways and we saw flamingos up close, herons, egrets, coots, various species of duck. There are pictorial information signs explaining the various species of birds and wildlife you may see.
We drove from Arles along the D570 road and on the way we saw the Camargue black bulls and lots of herons. The white horses were mostly at the horseriding centres and this park was one of only 2 places I saw flamingos in the western Camargue (late October) so I'm really pleased we chose to visit here.
The ticket office gives you a map with the walkways - there is a short walkway (numbered 1-10) which we took almost an hour and a half to complete, and a longer walk which borders the main Camargue lake 'Etang de Gines' (numbered 1-16). Bring your camera, binoculars and also mosquito repellent (we visited late October and yes there were still mosquitoes).
The pathways are wide and accessible (both for baby buggies/strollers and for wheelchairs), there are many lookout/vantage points and observation towers. There is a snack shop with decking overlooking a lake so you can watch the birds while you have lunch, plus you can take your own food as there are lots of picnic tables. There are accessible toilets near the snack shop.
We were worried about our rental car as we had heard about car break-ins but we did not experience any theft and the carpark was full of rental cars and campervans.. As with any tourist spot, hide your belongings out of sight and if you need to access your suitcases try to stop safely along the way and take things out of your suitcase before you need them - nothing better for a waiting thief to see a tourist open their car boot in a carpark with 3 suitcases! We walked past a campervan and there were iPads and all sorts of electronic gadgets just left in full view, idiotic!
I was so happy to see flamingos in flight and was surprised by the honking sound they make. A great attraction for this area and I would love to bring my son back here one day.
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