Visit the Bird Park
We initially hesitated to spend the 7.50 euros to go there since we had already seen pink flamingoes, herons etc.
We went about an hour before dusk and we did not regret it. There were hundreds of flamingoes, close enough to touch, many herons, oyster catchers, ducks of all sorts, and many more I cannot name. Also beautiful bright red dragonflies.
The trails are well marked and the parc closes at various times during the year (check their site or leaflets) but you can stay as long as you want, even after night falls.
NB: they are many hungry mosquitoes! Wear trousers tucked in your socks, long sleeves and spray yourself everywhere! Take water, expecially if you do the long trail in the open.
- Family Travel
Take a boat trip on the Petit Rhone
There are at least 2 boats operating from the town's harbour and one from a harbour a bit further down.
Trips take about 1 and 1/2 hours and allow you to see a variety of birds and some bulls from a local 'manade' (bulls farms).
Cost is 12 euros but see if your hotel has an arrangement that gets you a discount. Ours stamped the boat's leaflet and presto we saved 2 euros each!
I would advise sitting on the top deck if you can (arrive early) on the right side so you can see the guardian showing off the bulls & horses best. All boats have this little touristy but enjoyable stop and it's on the right side of the boat.
- Sailing and Boating
The Interior of the Church
The interior is plain stone walls with niches , one of which in the north wall contains a small replica of the holy boat. The crypt was added in 1448 by King Rene who apparentlyhelped find the bones of the main Marys
- Theme Park Trips
Walk Around the Church of Saintes-Mairies
The present church was built in 1130, although older churches have stood here. There are two important religious celebration here, one on May 24 and 25 a pilgrimage day for the arrival of the "Boat of Bethany and the other on the week end nearest to October 22 which is for "Saint Sarah", the gipsy servant who was part of the apocryphal story of the saintly landing here.
- Family Travel
- Spa and Resort
The beach and refreshing sea
Being in the South of France for our friend’s wedding in Salon-de-Provence, we had a need to see the Mediterranean Sea… A real need to relax and have a swim :-) Although the mistral wind was quite strong that day, I was almost dehydrated ! I really had to drag myself to the water to get some freshness before going to look for something to drink.
It was such a great feeling to sleep on the beach for a few hours after the wedding party that took place the day before !
A car park stands just in front of the beach and only costs 3 euros for the whole day.
The famous church
The church is characterized by a single nave of 15 meter high, straight and without any ornament. The roof is surrounded by a rampart walk with crenels. Arrow slits are set in the walls and the donjon roof was used as a lookout. All this shows that the church was an ancient fortress that was also a shelter for the population. You can even find a well of fresh water inside.
The church was build near the mouth of the Petit Rhône and had a very important strategic position at the time it was erected (IXth and XIth centuries). Pirates were frightening the coast and Saracens and Arabs invasions were a real menace too..
Inside the church, at the right of the altar, stands the statue of Sara, which is part of the gipsy patrimony.
You can climb on top of the roof for 2 euros and admire the landscape of the Camargue.