Vaccarès Pond

In the heart of the nature reserve, discover the largest pond in the Camargue. No less than 6,500 hectares. Its shallow waters attract a wide variety of freshwater fish.


The generous nature and the multitude of landscapes invite to contemplation. A pure moment of calm. Only birdsong can break the silence. Surrounded by the Petit Rhône, the Grand Rhône and the sea, it is a place where migratory birds pass through. The Camargue is an ornithological mecca, the diversity of natural environments of the pond of Vaccarès attracts more than 300 species of birds, terns and colonies of pink flamingos. At sunrise and sunset, the lights create a magical atmosphere, timeless moments. How about taking advantage of this opportunity to treat yourself to some heavenly panoramas?

A path of Vaccarès borders the pond, it crosses the rice fields, approaches the fields of bulls … During your stay at the hotel in Saintes-Marie-de-la-Mer, beautiful walks await you. If you like hiking, you can go around the pond in two days, on foot, by bike, mountain bike or VTC. Walk through the birds’ territory between reeds, marshes and pastures. The tourist office will provide you with all the information you need to prepare your hike.

Practical information

Before leaving your hotel in Saintes-Marie-de-la-Mer, be sure to bring mosquito repellent, a pair of binoculars and a camera.
The paths that border the pond are accessible all year round.
The fragile and preserved environment implies a great respect for the place on the part of its visitors…