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Western Europe’s largest river delta, the Camargue is located south of Arles in Southern France, between the Mediterranean sea and the arms of the Rhone River delta. Around a third is lakes of marshland, and the area has been declared a wetland of international importance as well as being a protected park, the Parc Naturel Regional de Camargue. In particular, the region is home to hundreds of species of birds, most notably the flamingo.
The area is also known for its bulls, which form the centre of many of the region’s traditions. They are tended to by cowboys known as les gardiens, who ride white horses across the open plains. Although the area is protected, much of the Camargue has been altered by humans, particularly as it is an important area for salt extraction and was a major centre when industrial salt collection started in the 19th century.