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Au coeur des salins naturels de Camargue

In Provence, there is a wild territory that stretches along the Mediterranean coast, from the Rhône river to the Gard river. This area of ​​more than  14,000 hectares is full of swamps, saltwater planes , to discover lagoons and beautiful wild stretches of sansouires that make it a unique ecosystem.

The isatis colors give this landscape an absolute sweetness, quietness reigns on this little piece of the world. This exceptional microcosm is an ensemble conducive to an exclusive biodiversity. Particularly well preserved, the salt harvest on the saline for hundreds of years has favored a particular flora and specific to the saline environment. More than 250 species are listed and some protected: Immortelle des Sables a yellow flower with curry flavors, the sea lily characterized by its white flowers and poppies form large colored carpets inland. On the sandy lands of the coastline there is the Maritime Cakilier which accentuates the pastel colors so characteristic of the Camargue.

This space maintained by salt workers allows the development of a rich ecosystem of its own. The Camargue region is a large food reservoir and a breeding ground of major importance. These two aspects make it a crucial migratory stopover for the wild fauna . In order to protect this unique flora and fauna, a national reserve was created in 1927. The Camargue Regional Nature Park was then founded in 1970 and covers an area of ​​over 100,000 hectares.

The Camargue is also a terroir in its own right with a strong cultural identity. It is a breeding ground for horses and bulls, whose large herds are called "manades " , a land of rice cultivation and salt harvesting on salt marshes. An invaluable heritage that we discovered with Patrick, through the visit of the Aigues-Morte salt flats. An imposing fortress planted between lagoons, marshes and canals, enclosing a small medieval military town where you can enjoy a stroll.

Saline Camargue are the fruit of an alliance between the m er and the mistral .

Salt mining dates back to ancient times. In the 17th century 17 salinas federated in the enclosure of Peccais and founded in 1856 the company of the salins of the South. Since then, ten sauniers perpetuate a know-how passed down from generation to generation, by handling the movements of the water according to the gusts of wind, the storms, the tribulations of the sun and the salinity. They continue the tradition of harvesting salt and the Camargue Fleur de Sel.

The Fleur de Sel is a reflection of this generous terroir, it is naturally essential as an essential ingredient of Southern cuisine and reveals the sweet flavors of this sunny gastronomy . Fleur de sel is also used for its benefits and virtues in cosmetics. Seawater contains riches such as sodium chloride. Under the effect of low temperatures, translucent crystals of magnesium sulphate are created which have relaxing properties.

Bastide the sea salts of Camargue

In ancestral traditions salt was used to perfume the baths. The Greeks used bath salts for therapeutic purposes. They were also followers of mineral baths to relax, relieve pains, skin diseases or rejuvenate the body. According to literature, Hippocrates uses bath salts to treat his patients. Access to bath salts is then only under medical prescription .

Bath salts are today mainly used to relax and perfume your bath. Magn e sium, potassium, calcium ... They contain rich minerals and trace elements in sea salt antioxidants, they purify, relax, relax and reduce pain. Ideal to evacuate the stress of the day, relax the muscles, moisturize and encourage letting go. A handful of these relaxing and toning salts in your bath allow rel Acher body tension. With the heat, the bath salt spreads in the water and diffuses perfumes and property s.

Bath salt is the antidote to relieve tired members in a regenerating bath that also awakens the senses. 

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Thanks to  Tarik Koivisto  for the photos!

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