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THE ARGENS

LISTED AS ONE OF THE 7 WONDERS OF PROVENCE BY LE FIGARO MAGAZINE IN 2015, THE ARGENS IS ONE OF THE MOST BEAUTIFUL WILD SITES ON THE CÔTE D’AZUR!

TAKE A NEW AND COMFORTABLE KAYAKCANOE AND DISCOVER A LESSER KNOWN AREA,
WHICH IS PRESERVED AND TRANQUIL.

YOU ARE ON THE CÔTE D’AZUR, IN THE VAR DEPARTMENT,
NEAR TO BEACHES AND MAJOR TOURIST CENTRES,
BUT THE LANDSCAPES THAT YOU COME ACROSS OFFER MAJESTIC PANORMAS:
LUSH VEGETATION, CALM WATERS, HILLS AND CLIFFS,
ARE THE BIRTHPLACE OF A RICH, PRESERVED BIODIVERSITY.

THE ARGENS FORMS THE BED OF A TRULY CHARMING VALLEY.
IT RISES AT SEILLON-SOURCE-D’ARGENS (NEAR TO SAINT-MAXIMIN-LA-
SAINTE-BAUME) AT AN ALTITUDE OF 269 METRES.
THE COAST RIVER SNAKES ALONG FOR SOME 115.6 KM AND FLOWS INTO THE
MEDITERRANEAN IN THE FRÉJUS GULF.

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THE ARGENS

WE RECOMMEND YOU EXPLORE THE FINAL 40 KILOMETRES OF THE LOWER ARGENS VALLEY :
LEAVING FROM ARCS-SUR-ARGENS, PASSING THROUGH ROQUEBRUNE-SUR-ARGENS
TO THE SEA.
THE WATERS HERE ARE ALWAYS BOUNTIFUL AND KAYAK CANOEING
IS PRACTISED IN COMPLETE SAFETY.
THERE IS A VARIETY OF ROUTES TO SUIT ALL LEVELS,
FROM BEGINNER TO ADVANCED.

OUR ROUTES ARE LOCATED IN A NATURA 2000 NATURAL AREA
WHICH OFFERS A REMARKABLE DIVERSITY OF FAUNA AND FLORA.

 
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THE ARGENS FLOWS CLOSE TO THE VILLEPEY POOLS,
ONE OF THE FEW WETLAND AREAS BETWEEN THE CAMARGUE AND ITALY.
OVER 200 BIRD SPECIES HAVE BEEN IDENTIFIED THERE.
THIS AREA PLAYS AN IMPORTANT ROLE IN THEIR MIGRATION.

PROPERTY OF THE COASTAL CONSERVATORY,
THIS SITE IS A PLACE OF PRESERVATION AND TO DISCOVER THE WEALTH AND
FRAGILITY OF OUR ENVIRONMENT.

PERHAPS YOU’LL COME ACROSS THEM...
(THESE ANIMALS ARE IN THEIR NATURAL HABITAT, PLEASE DO NOT BOTHER THEM)
THE EUROPEAN POND TURTLE :
THE EUROPEAN POND TURTLE LIVES IN THE WETLANDS, IN FRESH, CALM AND SUNNY WATERS.
THEY ENJOY MUDLANDS AND THE ABUNDANT AQUATIC VEGETATION WHICH PROVIDE PLENTY OF FOOD AND SHELTER.
THEIR TERRITORY CAN COVER AROUND 10 HA.
FOR SUNBATHING, IT ACTIVELY SEEKS OUT FLOATING TREE TRUNKS AND LOW BRANCHES.
THE PROTECTION OF THE EUROPEAN POND TURTLE RELIES ON THE CONSERVATION OF THESE WETLANDS.
THE KINGFISHER :
A COLOURED BIRD (ORANGE, BLUE), THIS KEEN FISHER CAN DIVE UP TO ONE METRE UNDER THE WATER TO FIND FISH WHICH MAY BE AS LONG AS IT.
IT PERCHES ON TREES CLOSER TO THE WATER AND CAN FLY TO A FIXED POINT.
YOU WILL OFTEN SEE IT FLYING VERY QUICKLY CLOSE TO THE WATER’S SURFACE.
THE BEE-EATER :
THIS BIRD IS INCREASINGLY PRESENT IN SOUTHERN FRANCE.
ALTHOUGH IT EXCELS IN THE AIR, IT LOOKS RATHER CLUMSY ON LAND.
AS ITS NAME INDICATES, WASPS, BEES, HORNETS AND OTHER HYMENOPTERA MAKE UP THE BULK OF ITS DIET THAT IT USUALLY HUNTS WHILE FLYING, JUST LIKE SWALLOWS.
THE HERON :
ITS FLIGHT IS SLOW, ITS LEGS ARE LONGER THAN ITS BODY. WHEN HUNTING OR FISHING, IT CAN STAY TOTALLY STILL FOR HOURS.
IT FEEDS ON FISH, FROGS, INSECTS AND VOLES.
IT MEASURES 1 METRE IN LENGTH WITH A WINGSPAN OF 1.75 M AND CAN LIVE UNTIL THE AGE OF 25.
YOU CAN SPOT TWO TYPES OF HERON ON THE ROUTES: THE GREY HERON AND THE BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT HERON.
THE COYPU :
THIS IS AN ANIMAL THAT LIVES IN FRESHWATER AQUATIC ENVIRONMENTS.
ORIGINALLY FROM THE RIVERS AND STREAMS OF SOUTH AMERICA, IT HAS BEEN INTRODUCED TO OTHER COUNTRIES WHERE IT INHABITS ALL WATER NETWORKS.
IT CAN DIG A BURROW OF 6-7 METRES ALONG THE RIVER BANKS. THIS BURROW GENERALLY HAS SEVERAL ENTRANCES, INCLUDING A SUBAQUATIC ONE.
THE FLORIDA TURTLE :
THIS IS AN AQUATIC TURTLE WHICH NORMALLY LIVES IN THE LAKES, PONDS AND WETLANDS OF FLORIDA IN THE UNITED STATES.

IT IS EASILY IDENTIFIABLE BY ITS UNIQUE REDDISH MARKINGS ON ITS TEMPLES.
A LOT LIVELIER AND AGGRESSIVE, IT IS A THREAT TO THE POND TURTLE.

DRAGONFLIES :
THERE ARE AROUND FIFTY SPECIES OF DRAGONFLY IN THE VAR. THEY FAVOUR CALM WATERS AND ARE SPRING AND SUMMER SPECIES.
THEIR SHIMMERING KALEIDOSCOPIC COLOURS AND THEIR SLENDER BEAUTY ARE EYE-CATCHING.
FISH :
THE ARGENS IS HOME TO MANY KINDS OF FISH.
ZANDERS, CARPS, BARBELS AND TENCHES ARE JUST SOME OF THE VARIETIES THAT YOU WILL FREQUENTLY COME ACROSS.
PLEASE NOTE: FISHING LICENCE REQUIRED.
FLORA :
WHITE AND SILVER POPLARS, ASH, WILLOWS, FIG TREES, OAKS, BULRUSHES... MANY TREE SPECIES OF ALL SIZES AND ENDEMIC PLANTS BORDER THE ARGENS.
YOU CAN ALSO ADMIRE MANY SEASONAL FLOWERS WHICH BRING COLOUR TO THE AREA...