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Lake Vaccares: photos, description (Etang de Vaccares)

Lake Vaccares is a large lagoon located in the Delta of the river rhône, South of France, the Western part of the region Provence - Alpes - Cote d'azur. Its area is 65 square kilometers and the depth reaches two meters. It is believed that in the days of Roman rule in the territory of Gaul, the lake was already a popular place for fishing. Since 1972, it is included in the Camargue national Park created to protect salt marshes of the area and the surrounding Maritime areas.

Nest here to 300 different species of birds, among which the most famous terns, herons and bittern. Moreover, lake Vaccares is the only place in Europe where in natural conditions live famous pink flamingos - an amazing beauty of creation.

The total area of the Park of the Camargue is 857 square miles, of which 343 have on the marine territory. The maximum height above sea level reaches 4 meters. In total, this area is home to a 7 and a half thousand people. They are predominantly fishing and agricultural activities - rice farming and livestock breeding, and this area is famous for its production of salt. In addition, currently more and more tourists visit this picturesque and interesting place, and because many locals are involved in this sphere of activity. It is known that every year Vaccares arrives more than 80 thousand tourists. And recently, in the former sheepfold at the bridge was a Museum of the Camargue, where the objects of everyday life, it is a typical inhabitant of the nineteenth century, and the history of the formation of the Delta of the Rhone river.

The lake is under state protection since 1927, and since 1997 it is, as Park of the Camargue, was included in the list of world heritage of UNESCO.