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thumb area.]] thumb The Crau is the ancient confluence of the Durance and Rhône, and constitutes their vast flat alluvial fan.


The Crau is composed of two different parts:

The dry Crau is in the south, and has been used as pasture from Roman times. There are around 100,000 sheep Template:As of,Template:Citation needed including the Merino sheep.

The wet Crau is in the north and includes the communes of Saint-Martin-de-Crau, Eyguières, Istres, Mouriès, and Arles. It produces the Crau hay, which benefits from an Appellation d’origine contrôlée

Flora and fauna

  • Thyme
  • Holm Oak
  • Pin-tailed Sandgrouse
  • Little Bustard
  • Lesser Kestrel


The Crau was described by Strabo as the Stony Plain (Book IV Chapter 1).

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