8 unusual romantic weekends in the Camargue

Salins en Camargue

Looking for sunshine and a change of scenery? Set sail for the South of France on an unusual weekend in the Camargue.

A regional nature park since 1967, the Camargue is one of the most beautiful places in France. Characteristic landscapes between lagoons and marshes, villages steeped in history and immense white sandy beaches await you in this destination, which seems ideal for a romantic weekend away.

Often compared to the southern United States, the Camargue has an exotic feel. You’ll find fields populated by black bulls, ranches housing white horses…

In addition to its breathtaking panoramas, the region also boasts incomparable historical, cultural and religious assets. Did you know that some of the greatest American Westerns were filmed in the Camargue?

Pack your bags, Generation Voyage invites you to discover this magnificent region during an unusual weekend in the Camargue.

1. On horseback

Week-end insolite en Camargue

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Why go there?

– Think you’re Lucky-Luke

– Discover the sacred town of Saintes-Maries-de-la-mer

– Learn more about Gypsy and Manouche traditions

The journey begins in Les Saintes-Maries-de-la-mer, the region’s emblematic town and ideal destination for an unusual weekend in the Camargue. The town is best known for its religious significance.

Indeed, Les Saintes-Maries-de-la-mer is a major pilgrimage site in France for Gypsies, Manouches and Gitans from all over the world. Every May, they come here to celebrate the Black Madonna.

To discover the village and its surroundings, Generation Voyage offers you a hotel in Les Saintes-Maries-de-la-mer that promotes an ultra-popular activity in the region: horseback riding. Enjoy a 100% natural and ecological session that guarantees breathtaking scenery.

Admittedly, the trip may be a little hectic, but the horses are well-trained and used to walking tourists all year round… so there’s nothing to fear! Proudly mount your nag like a Wild West cowboy, and you’re off to discover the wild Camargue!

After a day full of emotions, treat yourself to the hotel restaurant: the chef cooks with local produce straight from the market and draws inspiration from regional recipes. The aim? To immerse you in the atmosphere and flavours of the Camargue.

2. In paint

Hôtel Arles Plaza

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Why go?

– Learn all about 19th-century Dutch painting

– Know Arles like the back of your hand

– Admire the sunflowers in bloom in summer

Head for the town ofArles to discover the portrait of one of its greatest celebrities: the Dutch painter Vincent Van Gogh. Arles was only a stage in the painter’s life, but remains a significant period in his career. Van Gogh lived in the Provençal town for just 15 months, but painted over three hundred works there.

Van Gogh settled in this region because the Provençal landscapes reminded him of his homeland. Generation Voyage offers you a tour that brings together Van Gogh’s main painting spots and the places where he stayed, such as the Saint-Paul de Mausole asylum in Saint-Rémy de Provence.

Discover a new aspect of the Camargue – historical, cultural and sentimental too. Between visits and photo breaks, enter for a moment into the skin or the life of the melancholy Dutch painter.

Favorite accommodation: Hôtel Arles Plaza in the city center

Coupled with this expedition, Generation Voyage offers you the chance to stay in a charming hotel, ideal for an unusual weekend in the Camargue. Its swimming pool and facilities are sure to charm you.

What’s more, theHôtel Arles Plaza offers its guests a Heritage Pass, enabling them to visit the city’s must-see sites. What more could you ask for than a cultural break in idyllic surroundings?

3. As the water flows

Petit appart cosy dans péniche / bateau à Arles Week-end insolite en Camargue

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Why go there?

– Enjoy an aperitif on deck

– Recharge your batteries in an unusual and romantic setting

– Relax on the Camargue’s most beautiful beaches

For an even more exotic setting, choosing to go off-center also seems to be a good option. An apartment on the canal is the ideal place for a romantic weekend. Enjoy comfortable accommodation, close to all amenities and just a five-minute walk from the ancient monuments of Arles.

Take the time to unwind in an exotic setting, far from the hustle and bustle of the city, yet close to the center: the ideal compromise. In the evening, an aperitif on the barge’s rear terrace is a must.

Favorite activity: visit the town of Arles and the most beautiful beaches of the Camargue

During the day, Generation Voyage offers you a most original activity: discover the most beautiful beaches of the Camargue and visit the town of Arles accompanied by a local guide, a connoisseur of regional anecdotes.

Between urbanism and nature, you can explore the backstreets of a town steeped in secrets and history, observe the different species of birds at the Pont de Gau ornithological park, or contemplate the Camargue landscapes and local wildlife in the regional park.

4. In the kitchen

Week-end amoureux en camargue

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Why go there?

– Awaken your taste buds

– Prepare delicious dishes on your return

– Discover local specialities

It’s impossible to stay in the Camargue without sampling the local specialities. So what better way to spend an unusual weekend in the Camargue than in a luxury hotel with a Michelin-starred gourmet restaurant? Relax in the SPA or swimming pool of the fabulous Hôtel & Spa Jules César, which promises an unforgettable stay.

In addition to the spacious, luxurious rooms, the establishment also offers a meal in its renowned gourmet restaurant. You and your partner can enjoy an exceptional three-course dinner. All ingredients are local, sourced directly from the market.

Our favorite activity: a cooking course with a qualified chef

At the same time, head to Les Saintes-Maries-de-la-mer for a culinary course lasting around three hours, during which you’ll learn how to cook the region’s traditional dishes. Meet in a magnificent setting near the Camargue ponds, in a professional kitchen.

You’ll be accompanied by chef Roger Merlin, a graduate of the Paris hotel school. Founder of the Conservatoire Grand Sud des Cuisines and a certified trainer, he will introduce you to Provençal cuisine and aromatic herbs. With his team of chefs, a chocolatier and nutrition experts, you’re in good hands!

Aromates, olive oil, aïoli, farci niçois, paëlla, caillette du Var and other Occitan specialties will have no secrets for you!

5. Camargue in bloom

champ de lavande provence

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Why go there?

– Marvel at the lavender fields

– Discover the history of the Camargue

– Learn to distill lavender yourself

To discover the surrounding area during an unusual weekend in the Camargue, try an excursion departing from Arles that takes you to the region’s main lavender fields. Lavender, the region’s star plant, is renowned for its pleasant scent, which makes it an ingredient in many beauty products.

In addition to its olfactory virtues, lavender also owes its fame to its violet color: a lavender field is a true haven of beauty. Take advantage of the excursion proposed by Generation Voyage to admire these incomparable landscapes and fill your lungs with fresh Provencal air.

During your trip, you’ll also have the chance to learn a little more about this plant from south-east France with a visit to the Lavender Museum, which traces the history of Lavender through a comprehensive exhibition that includes photos, videos and even a distillation demonstration.

Our favorite unusual accommodation: a night in a former chapel

For a romantic getaway, Generation Voyage has unearthed a little corner of paradise: Mas La Chapelle! Located just a few kilometers from Arles, this establishment is well worth a visit. This 16th-century chapel is a former priory of the Knights of Malta, built on the route to Santiago de Compostela.

Now renovated, it has twenty-three fully-equipped rooms and offers a range of services that promise you a most enjoyable stay. On the program: swimming pool, spa, jogging in the five-hectare park, tennis courts… In the heart of nature, this accommodation will allow you to recharge your batteries and recharge your batteries for a weekend.

The owners have preserved the authenticity of the site (notably in the decor, which is an architectural gem) while adding a touch of modernity with top-quality services.

6. On the hook

Saintes-Maries-de-la-mer Auberge Cavalière

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Why go there?

– Brag about catching a shark in front of your colleagues

– Take care of the horses

– Listen to Brassens while sunbathing at the water’s edge

Fish lovers of all kinds, this is the holiday for you! Head for Les Saintes-Maries-de-la-mer, a fabulous village on the Mediterranean, for an unforgettable day’s fishing. Climb aboard a 10m-long boat and set off on a fish hunt.

Accompanied by seasoned local fishermen, you’ll discover the joys of this activity, which requires patience and concentration. The fish are plentiful, but they still have to take the bait!

Your guides will teach you different techniques so that you can bring home a tuna, marlin, swordfish, or who knows, even… a shark!

Our favorite unusual accommodation: an equestrian inn

What better way to relax after a day rich in emotions than to stay in a horse-riding inn. Located in Les Saintes-Maries-de-la-mer, theAuberge Cavaliere du Pont des Bannes offers a combination of comfort and originality.

During your stay, you can feed the horses, relax in the spa, pool or Jacuzzi, sunbathe on your deckchair by the water, take a siesta in your 100% eco-friendly gardian hut… All in all, there’s plenty to do for an unusual weekend in the Camargue, in a charming bucolic setting.

7. The Gypsy Camargue

Week-end en amoureux en Camargue

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Why go there?

– Immerse yourself in Gypsy culture

– Listen to Django Reinhart on the balcony of your caravan

– Take a photo of a black bull

In the heart of the Arlaise countryside, discover a characteristic accommodation of the region: the gypsy-inspired roulotte. Indeed, as explained above, the Camargue is famous for Les Saintes-Maries-de-la-mer, a small village that for generations has been a place of pilgrimage for gypsy populations.

So what better way to immerse yourself in the region than to stay in typical Camargue accommodation? What’s more, the roulotte, located not far from Arles, is surrounded by a five-hectare park, guaranteeing a relaxing stay in a bucolic setting.

Favorite activity: a 4×4 safari in the Camargue Natural Park

To learn more about the region’s flora and fauna, Generation Voyage offers you a half-day 4×4 safari in the Parc Naturel Camarguais. Immerse yourself in this extraordinary environment and observe the rich biodiversity of the Camargue.

What awaits you? Breathtaking landscapes, between earth and salt, sea and lagoons, where animals live in harmony with one another. The pink flamingo rubs shoulders with the black bull, which in turn shares its territory with the white horse. During the excursion, a guide will also explain the history of the region.

8. Between sea and salt

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Salins du midi

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Why go there?

– Fly with the pink flamingos

– Explore the Camargue from the air

– Wake up to the gentle sound of lapping waves

To finish off this list of unusual weekends in the Camargue in style, head for Aigues-Mortes, a true gem of the region. With its ramparts, church, art galleries and gourmet specialties, this fortified town is well worth a visit.

This typical village has everything to charm you, from its medieval spirit to its warm, authentic atmosphere. To make the most of this exceptional place, Generation Voyage offers you a stay on a boat at the foot of the ramparts.

The boat is located on the harbor with a unique view of the city, and is equipped with all the necessary comforts to guarantee a pleasant stay.

Favorite activity: a flight over Aigues-Mortes and the salins du Midi

To pair with this accommodation, Generation Voyage offers you the chance to explore the Camargue town from a different angle on a flight over the ramparts of Aigues-Mortes and the Salins du Midi.

flight over the ramparts of Aigues-Mortes and the Salins du Midi. Don’t forget to bring your cameras, as the panoramas await you are absolutely breathtaking!