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Les Saintes Maries de la Mer

 
The Departement of Bouches du Rhone - Camargue - Pop.: 9.429 h

36 km. south of Arles par la D571.
Saintes Maries de la Mer - Cathedral
Flamant Rose Les Saintes Maries de la Mer is situated on the Mediterranean coast in the Heart of Camargue's Parc Naturel (nature park).

Surrounded by immense plains filled with ponds and wild lands the city has many activities to offer all within the framework of a protected environment.


Saintes Maries de la Mer - BeachSt. Maries is especially famous for its oldest tradition which consists of being the meeting place for the gypsy people. Their rich folklore and music attract many visitors all throughout the year.

There are many ranches (called manades) where both bulls and horses are bred. These ranches welcome visitors and in some cases will be glad to put you up. It is an excellent way to get to know the famous Camargue cowboys and their livestock.

Saintes Maries de la Mer - Ranch

Don't miss the fauna and flora of Camargue at the Launes Pond and do take a walk along the Port Gardian, the fishing and boating port ot St. Maries.

And finally for those devoted windsurfers, there is a speed canal waiting for you right next to the port... for the fearless only!


What to see:

Fortified Romanesque church and the St. Sarah Crypt,
Baroncelli Museum (history and traditions of the village),
Pioch Badet Tzigane Museum.
Ornithological Park. Pond and salt marshes of Giraud.
Photos HQ of the Saintes Maries de la Mer.



Leisure activities:

Horseback riding of all kinds, ranches
Dinner shows with bulls and riding. Arenas, bull fights, races.
All water sports. Public beaches, nudist beach.
Mountain biking (rentals possible).
Walking trails through the plains.
Tennis, sea water therapy (Thalassotherapy).
Theatre, discotheque.



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Neighbouring city:

Arles (36km).


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