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ViaRhôna, roaming along the Rhône river

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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
    01350 Ceyzerieu
    www.reserve-lavours.com
  • 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
    www.grotteslabalme.com
  • 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
    www.creys-mepieu.com
  • Le Grand Parc de Miribel Jonage
    69120 Vaulx-en-Velin
    www.grand-parc.fr
  • L’île de la Platière
    38550 Le Péage de Roussillon
    www.ile.platiere.reserves-naturelles.org
  • L’île du Beurre
    69420 Tupins-et-Semons
    www.iledubeurre.org
  • 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.
    www.tourisme-eyrieuxrhoneveore.fr
  • Gare des Ramières
    www.lagaredesramieres.com
  • 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
    www.parc-camargue.fr
  • Marais du Vigueirat National Nature Reserve
    Chemin de l'Etourneau, 13104 Mas-Thibert
    www.marais-vigueirat.reserves-naturelles.org
  • The theys, sandbanks at the mouth of the Rhône
    Route Napoléon, 13230 Port Saint Louis du Rhône
    www.conservatoire-du-littoral.fr
  • Le domaine de la Palissade (on the west side of the Rhône)
    13129 Salin-de-Giraud
    www.palissade.fr
  • 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)
    30190 Sainte-Anastasie
    www.gorgesdugardon.fr
  • Marais de la Tour Carbonnière (marshes by the port of Aigues-Mortes)
    30220 Aigues-Mortes
    www.camarguegardoise.com
  • Lagoons and lakes in the Camargue Gardoise (the western section of the Camargue):
    l’étang de la Marette
    30220 Aigues-Mortes
    www.pole-lagunes.org
    or la pointe de l’Espiguette
    30240 Le Grau du Roi
    www.conservatoire-du-littoral.fr
  • Lagunes Palavasiennes (lagoons between the coastal towns of Sète and Montpellier)
    34750 Villeneuve-les-Maguelone
    www.siel-lagune.org