Sentier du Cougourlier
Sentier du Cougourlier par la N572, 30800 Saint-Gilles
Situated to the south-west of Saint-Gilles, the Cougourlier interpretation trail allows you to discover the richness and beauty of the Camargue's natural heritage. During this family walk, you can admire a rich and varied fauna and flora! Egrets, herons, horses and bulls will give you a unique welcome to this exceptional landscape!
The more curious can climb to the top of the escalassoun to enjoy a magnificent panorama of the whole of the Camargue Gardoise!
An escalassoun, what’s that?
A promontory from which the ‘gardian’, or herdsman can watch over his herd.
Etang du Scamandre
Located in the heart of the Petite Camargue, the Etang du Scamandre is a freshwater lagoon covered with reed-beds and home to an abundance of wildlife, including many bird species: herons, falcinella, ibis and of course flamingos roam this area. In order to enhance the local natural heritage, a regional nature reserve was created on the edge of the lagoon where it is now possible to hike along various interpretation trails.
"The Great Hiking Trails in Saint-Gilles"
GR 653 – Chemin de Saint-Jacques-de-Compostelle : Located on the Way of Saint James from Arles, Saint-Gilles is the first stage of this mythical route of more than 900 km.
GR 700 – Chemin de Régordane : A thousand year old route for trade, spirituality, and the circulation of people and ideas, the 240 km long Régordane route links Le Puy-en-Velay to Saint-Gilles.
GR 42 – Du Pilat à la Méditerranée : With more than 450 km of trails, the GR42 links Saint-Etienne to Grau-du-Roi.
Cycling discovery tour « Entre vignes et rizières »
Taste a little Camargue
This 51 km discovery cycle tour can be completed over several days. You can start by visiting the town of Saint-Gilles, which has a rich heritage, notably the Abbey Church, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Immerse yourself in a remarkable ecosystem at the crossroads of the Bouvine and wine-making traditions.
The Costières vineyards give way to rice fields and the orchards to marshes. The descent between Générac and Franquevaux will charm you with a breathtaking panorama of the most famous regional reliefs and the Camargue ponds.
There are also some great spots to observe the local flora and fauna.