Camargue - Draille des 5 Gorges

Camargue  >  France

Road that passes different habitats of the Camargue. With several observation points along the road that are good for seeing many different birds.

Added* by John Morecroft
Most recent update 18 August 2020


The Draille des 5 Gorges driveway borders the Imperial lakes or 'étangs' Malagroy and Vaccarès and presents various typical Camargue landscapes within a relatively short distance. Many species of ducks and waders can be observed here. The 12 km track crosses a number of agricultural developments typical of the Camargue, such as rice fi elds and wide open horse and cattle farms. Free access and open all year round. You can't miss Greater Flamingo, but also look out for special birds like Stone-curlew, Collared Pratincole, Dartford Warbler, Crested Lark or Tawny Pipit. Also see the birdlist below. Anyway, birds are abundant in every season in the Camargue.



Best to explore by car or even better on a bicycle. Starting point of the route is the Domaine de Mejanes (adress: Méjanes en Camargue , 13,460 Saintes Maries de la Mer), a farm with free parking and that is free to visit. Quite touristy, but it also has a restaurant and toilet, so can be handy. And as the farm borders the Lake of Vaccares you can start birding here right away. You can't miss the Greater Flamingo. From Domaine de Mejanes drive south and follow the route on the map below. The best observation points are marked on the map. But you can make many more stops and discover interesting birds almost everywhere along the trail.

Terrain and Habitat

Wetland , Lake , Agriculture


Flat , Open landscape

Circular trail


Is a telescope useful?

Can be useful

Good birding season

All year round

Best time to visit

Spring , Spring migration , Autumn migration


Paved road

Difficulty walking trail


Accessible by


Birdwatching hide / platform



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Top 5 birds

Other birds you can see here