Camargue Biking, Veloroutes of Provence The South of France
Camargue Biking, Veloroutes on the Rhone River Delta
In June the caravans of France head South to the Rhone River Delta.
Biking the roads of the Camargue is easy because of the flat delta landscape
Caravans head for the Rhone Delta and Camping in the Camargue
Camper traffic (Caravans) on the roads at the tip of the Rhone River Delta can make the biking more difficult.
The Camargue is ideal for easy biking, however, as the land south of Arles flattens and becomes the sandy desert of the Camargue. Caravans arrive during mid May for a long summer visit in a vast, free camp out at Plage de Piémanson. Naturists occupy one section of the beach.
The vacationers of Europe take to the roads and set up summer quarters in the wilds of the Camargue.
43°32′N, 4°30′E, At 360 Square miles the Camargue is Europe's largest River Delta (Wikipedia}
Biking and Hiking in the Camargue reveals white horses and Camargue bulls, pink flamingos and Gypsy legends on the vast delta of the Rhone
tent or RV has been permitted for years at the end of the Route de la Mer, Plage de Piemanson.
Camargue Veloroute biking in the South of France, Provence includes the tip of the Rhone River Delta where the land flattens and becomes the sandy desert of the Camargue. Biking and Hiking trails from Arles lead to vast sandy spit on the Mediterranean.
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Camargue biking can start in Arles, the northern gateway city to the Camargue
There are many smaller roads running parallel to the main roads that will offer more relaxed biking and hiking.
The D570 for instance runs north south between Arles and Saintes Marie de la Mer and could be heavily traveled during vacation season. In more or less the same direction, the Routes D85, D38, and D85A run to Saintes Maries de la Mer and offer much quieter biking.
- Saintes Maries de la Mer Bike Routes
The D36 road south from Arles along the west side of the Rhone River is a major bike route and for the most part bike riders share the road with sparse automobile traffic. The busier route, the D35, is on the east side of the Rhone. The two Routes are similar in surface and amount of traffic.
The D36 becomes the D36D and eventually reaches the beach and the Mediterranean at (Beach) Plage de Piémanson. Wild camping has been a tradition at this beach for years but authorities are attempting to stop this tradition and each year it is in doubt. Beach opens to vehicles May 1 to Sept 30. Check ahead for access for tent camping in the wild.
Nearby, to the west along the shore, find Plage Beauduc (beach), a less crowded beach offering camping.
Across the River Rhone, follow the D35 (Bike Lane) out of Port Saint Louis to the Plage Napoleon for five miles of beach. (No Camping)
There are no contiguous Veloroutes but a series of small set-asides such as the Green Route in Le Grau du Roi. Voies Vertes
There are green ways that are part of the Camargue Gardoise Loop which is a 25 km route on less traveled roads starting in Vauvert, north west of the Camargue where bike rentals are available http://www.lebarjonaute.fr
The Veloroutes and Voies Vertes continue to expand as communities set aside routes.
Biking is best done during low season or mid season. April, May, June, September October.
During high season of mid July and August the roads can be crowded and lodging might be scarce.
Saintes Marie de la Mer holds it Gypsy Festival he fourth week in May and will be crowded.
Biking the flat veloroutes and back roads of the Camargue, tent campers head for the tip of the Rhone Delta.
Camargue Veloroute Biking and Hiking
Hikes and bike rides in the south western part of the Alpilles between St Remy and Arles can be included in a bike ride or hike to the Camargue. Many trails and back country roads connect Les Baux, St. Remy de Provence, Tarascon, Fontvieille, and Arles. The area offer some Voies Verte and Veloroute hikes and bike rides.
Further south beyond Arles, the land flattens to the Camargue. The bike rides and hikes reveal grasslands and lakes with no elevation gain where you find the black bulls of the Camargue, the white horses, and pink flamingos.
Roads connect the major towns of Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer, the fortified town of Aigues-Morte, and the road along the Rhone River to Port St Louis and the end of the Rhone Delta.
There are three main roads in the Camargue, Arles to Grau du Roi and Aigues Morte, Aigues Morte to Saintes Maries de la Mer, and Saintes Maries de la Mer to Port-Saint-Louis-du-Rhone. The roads at Port St. Louis then follow the Rhone north to Arles
Wild camping has been a tradition at Plage de Piémanson but authorities are attempting to stop this tradition and each year it is a question. Beach opens for vehicles May 1 to Sept 30.
Camargue Biking Veloroutes
Camargue Biking Veloroutes