Top things to do in Camargue

Top Choice Gastronomy in Arles

L'Atelier Jean-Luc Rabanel

As much an artistic experience as a double-Michelin-starred adventure, this is the gastronomic flagship of charismatic chef Jean-Luc Rabanel. Many products are sourced from the chef's veggie patch, and wine pairings…
Top Choice Roman Site in Arles

Les Arènes

In Roman Gaul, every important town had an amphitheatre, where gladiators and wild animals met their (usually grisly) ends. Few examples have survived, but Arles (like nearby Nîmes) has preserved its colosseum large…
Top Choice Market in Arles

Marché d'Arles

Plan to be in Arles for the whopping Saturday morning market. You'll find all of Camargue's best produce: salt, rice, goat's cheese, saucisson d’Arles (bull-meat sausage) and so much more. Stalls line both sides of …
Top Choice Seafood in Stes-Maries-de-la-Mer

Ô Pica Pica

Fish and shellfish do not come fresher than this. Watch them get gutted, filleted and grilled in the 'open' glass-walled kitchen, then devour your meal on the sea-facing pavement terrace or out the back in the typic…
Top Choice Gallery in Arles

Fondation Vincent Van Gogh

Housed in a listed 15th-century manor, now twice repurposed (its other incarnation was as a bank), this Van Gogh–themed gallery is a must-see, as much for the architecture as the art. It has no permanent collection …
Top Choice Wildlife Reserve in Stes-Maries-de-la-Mer

Parc Ornithologique du Pont de Gau

Flamingos are a dime a dozen in the Camargue, but this park is one of the best places to see the many other migratory and seasonal species that thrive in these wetlands. Herons, storks, egrets, teals, avocets and gr…
Top Choice Park in Camargue

Domaine de la Palissade

This remote nature centre, 12km south of Salin de Giraud, organises fantastic forays through 702 hectares of protected marshland, scrubby glasswort, flowering sea lavender (in August) and lagoons on foot and horseba…
Top Choice Gastronomy in Camargue

La Chassagnette

Surrounded by a vast potager (kitchen garden), which supplies practically all the restaurant's produce, this renowned gourmet table is run by Armand Amal, a former pupil of Alain Ducasse. The multicourse menus are f…
Top Choice Seafood in Camargue

Le Mazet du Vaccarès

Shuddering along the low ribbed road past flamingos and Camargue ponies is totally worth it for the seafood at this legendary lakeside cabin. Memorabilia from Hélène and Néné’s days as lighthouse keepers in Beauduc …
Top Choice Bistro in Arles

Le Gibolin

After spending three decades plying Paris with their passion for organic wines, owners Brigitte and Luc decided to head south and do the same for Arles. Unsurprisingly, it's become a much-loved local fixture, known …