Population: 1,759,371 Area 5,255 km²
This departement, which has inspired the painter Cézanne, is one of vast contrasts, from the Alpilles mountains, the Sainte Victoire and the Sainte Baume to the famous villages of Tarascon , Les Baux de Provende, Saint Paul lez Durance and Aix en Provence) an to the Camargue, well known for the horses and the bulls (you can see typical Ferias in Arles) and the annual meeting place for gypsies in Saintes Maries de la Mer.
Villas facing the crystalline blue of the splits, farmhouses and country houses with green olive shades on the shutters and limed colourful facades, are the strong accents of the south.
The Bouches du Rhone are also well known for their santons fabrics.
Nearly 20 km. long and 4 km. wide, with cliffs rising up till 400 meters, the Calanques are stretching from Marseille to Cassis.
A natural and protected park of 85,000ha where you can see pink flamingos, herons and cormorants, Camargue is composed of vast plains of wetlands, ponds and rice paddies.
Situated on the left of Luberon, some sharp peaked hills with calcified crests, rough land, are called the Alpilles. Between Arles and ST Remy de Provence, the Alpilles extend for 25km. surrounded by vineyards, olive groves, and almond trees.
Video: View of Bouches du Rhone from the Air
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