If you are looking for an inspiring day to spend in the South of France, then spend it at the pink salt lakes in Aigues-Mortes. This is an active salt field in the French Camargue area that stretches across 20,000 acres and dates back to the Roman Empire. They produce about 300,000 tons of salt per year! And the pink color will put an instant smile on your face.
The amount of unspoiled nature in this reserve is immense, it hosts 200 out of the 900 European bird species. And it’s the home to about 15,000 flamingos which just perfects the idyllic scenery. Fun fact, the pink color of the salt lakes are formed by a type of algae due to the high percentage of salt content in the water. There is a type of small shrimp that eat these algae and the flamingos eat this shrimp. The pink color is transferred from the algae to the birds… Baby flamingos naturally are grey until they are three years old, then they turn white and over the years they will slowly turn pink. In this natural reserve, the flamingoes are rather happy with the global pandemic, due to the nearly nonexistent air traffic the amount of baby flamingoes is ten times what it was in 2019. As a consequence, we can expect a lot more pink in these lakes the coming years.
I invite you to enjoy the images we have captured. I think they speak for themselves and will definitely inspire you. The color story makes me so happy that we created a mood board inspired by these pink salt lakes. You can find it here.