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Visiting the Tour du Valat

General-public visits

The Tour du Valat can be visited several times a year even if, unlike many organisations in the Camargue, our main vocation is not to receive the general public. We are a research institute for the conservation of Mediterranean wetlands and owners of a 2921-hectare estate, much of which is listed as a restricted-access Regional Nature Reserve (the area is above all dedicated to the work of scientists and natural area managers, and to protecting the flora and fauna of the Camargue).

During the year, we do organise several general-public events, which are great opportunities to visit us:

 

The Friends of the Tour du Valat association also organises several thematic guided visits to the Tour du Valat Estate every year, reserved for its members.

In addition, two Tour du Valat sites are always freely accessible to the public:

Our general-public events are announced in advance on our website and social networks, and though the local media.

Would you like to be e-mailed the schedule of the general-public events organised by the Tour du Valat?

You can also keep in touch with the Tour du Valat’s events subscribing to the newsletter on the homepage [3].

Activities for teachers and schoolchildren?

It is not the role of the Tour du Valat to receive school groups, but we work with a number of organisations in the Camargue that do:

Finally, the Arles [12] and Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer [13] tourist offices are also very good sources of information about possible activities in the Camargue.

How to get to the Tour du Valat?

The Tour du Valat is located in the Camargue, in the Bouches-du-Rhone department, about 30 km south of Arles.

GPS coordinates: 43.5089° N, 4.66757° E

By road

By train

The nearest station is Arles, which can be reached by all the major train lines, or the Mediterranean TGV high-speed line, via Avignon, Marseille or Nîmes. From Arles railway station the ENVIA network’s n°10 bus line runs from Arles to Le Sambuc several times a day (see bus times [14]).

By plane

The closest airport is Marseille-Marignane (65 km). There is a shuttle bus (every 30 min) linking Marseille-Marignane airport to Vitrolles SNCF railway station, from which there are trains to Arles.