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Discover / Leisure activities  / Beaches
Visit Arles - Visit the Camargue- Excursions - Beaches- Cruises

The Camargue is also sea and sand, with the last remaining large natural beach on the Mediterranean sea. Kilometer after kilometre of fine sand and dunes, in a extraordinary landscape without a building in sight and where you can practice swimming, surfboarding, kitesurfing, flysurfing, sailing, sea kayaking, canoeing on the Petit Rhône, nudism or just plain dreaming. You will meet “telline” fishermen, raking in these small shellfish that grace the tables of Camargue during “happy hour”.
  • The Plage de Piemançon or Plage d’Arles is a lovely sandy beach almost six kilometers long situated on the west side of the mouth of the Grand Rhone. It is reached via Salin de Giraud and parking is free. The beach stretches on forever, protected by dunes covered with rare plants. You will find no services, no hotels, restaurants or even grocery stores closer than ten kilometres away in the village of Salin de Giraud. But on the beach you may meet a vendor selling French fries or ice cubes, and lifeguards are present for swimmers’ security. The beach is a must for sea kayakers. On the left hand side after the first kilometer the beach is officially reserved for nudists from the sign “Ici on vit nus” to the mouth of the Rhone River.

 

  • The Plage de Beauduc : to get there the road is bumpy : leaving Arles take the D36 towardS Salin-de-Giraud. A few kilometres before the village turn right toward “La Bélugue” and continue straight ahead until you reach a sand track about 10 kilometers long that leads you to Beauduc. You are at the end of the world, a 7-kilometer-long beach of fine sand, a place beyond time and maps. It is a paradise for kitesurfing and flysurfing, one of the best spots in Europe because of the quality of the wind. Here campers camp in the wild : not even your cell phone will function here. Over the years the locals have built queer cabins, called picturesque by some, but in any case unique.