At the heart of the department of Bouches-du-Rhone, the magnificent River Rhone flows out to the Mediterranean, its valley the region's most important highway through mountains separating Provence from the rest of France.
The Rhone delta becomes a vast wetland wilderness known as the Camargue. Now protected as a 'Parc Regional', it is famous for white horses, black bulls and pink flamingos.
Amongst the quiet beaches along the coast, Stes-Maries-de-la-Mer keeps alive ancient traditions with the colourful gypsy festival of the Black Madonna in May. Why not put Bouches-du-Rhone on your French holiday shortlist.