Known as one of the best spots to birdwatch in France, the Pont de Gau Ornithological Park is home to a variety of bird species including hundreds of pink flamingos. Spread out across 150 acres, a four-mile trail through its salt marshes, lakes, and ponds allows for countless opportunities to see birds in their natural habitat.
The park also cares for sick and injured birds and promotes conservation. Hundreds of herons, storks, egrets, and others are nursed and then released back into the wild. The area lagoons are scenic, especially in the summer and winter when the flocks of flamingos particularly active. Trails wind through the Camargue wilderness, allowing for closeups of the area's landscape as well as wildlife. There’s also a shorter path loop that is suitable for children. Pont de Gau is an easy day trip from neighboring Avignon.
The Pont de Gau park is located just inland from Saintes Maries de la Mer in Provence. The grounds can be explored either with a guide or on your own. Trail maps are available at the visitors center.