Special natural areas along the Rhône
Along ViaRhôna, or close to the route, there are many remarkable natural areas to explore, each with its own specific character. Lying beside the mighty Rhône, these sensitive spaces include lônes (old branches of the river), marshes and islands, offering lovely nature walks on which you can admire trees and flowers, birds and mammals, even pebbles and fossils. Please respect these areas, as their ecological balance is often fragile and needs to be caerfully protected. Nature is beautiful along ViaRhôna – here are some splendid areas to discover:
Lavours Marshes Nature Reserve
Les Grottes de la Balme (Isère)
Suspense, mystery, sensations and discovery of bats are waiting for you during a 75 minutes visit intended to the whole family.
38390 La Balme-les-Grottes
L’Isle Crémieu lakes (in the north of the county of Isère)
discover the many lakes in the area and the varied natural heritage around them. Highlights include Lemps Lake, home to terrapins, and the Mépieu lakes nature reserve, with gentle paths leading you around the latter.
38 510 Creys-Mépeiu
Le Grand Parc de Miribel Jonage
L’île de la Platière
38550 Le Péage de Roussillon
L’île du Beurre
Printegarde Nature Reserve (near the confluence of Rhône and Drôme Rivers)
This island lies on a migration route used by many birds. Walk around it observing the likes of great-crested grebes, mallards and black kites… and keep an eye our for beavers and coypu.
Gare des Ramières
Parc naturel régional de Camargue
The Musée de la Camargue includes an exhibition on the Rhône Delta, covering the way the area has been developed by man and looking at how people have settled here since the 19th century.
Mas du Pont de Rousty, 13200 Arles
Marais du Vigueirat National Nature Reserve
Chemin de l'Etourneau, 13104 Mas-Thibert
The theys, sandbanks at the mouth of the Rhône
Route Napoléon, 13230 Port Saint Louis du Rhône
Le domaine de la Palissade (on the west side of the Rhône)
Grand Site des Gorges du Gardon
(a major national geological site in the Languedoc, just west of the Rhône, with the magnificently preserved Roman Pont du Gard aqueduct the main tourist attraction)
Marais de la Tour Carbonnière (marshes by the port of Aigues-Mortes)
Lagoons and lakes in the Camargue Gardoise (the western section of the Camargue):
l’étang de la Marette
or la pointe de l’Espiguette
30240 Le Grau du Roi
Lagunes Palavasiennes (lagoons between the coastal towns of Sète and Montpellier)