Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer Travel Guide

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    The guardian with herd
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    Waving to another boat
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Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer Things to Do

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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

  • Walk Around the Church of...

    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...

  • 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...

  • 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...


Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer Hotels


    Route du petit Rhone

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

  • Mas De La Fouque

    Route du Petit RhÃ?ne, , Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer,

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

  • La Palunette

    I have always wanted to visit the Camargue but had the feeling it wouldn't be quite as I imagined...


Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer Restaurants

  • Fine restaurant among many others

    Les saintes has many, many restaurants!!!We picked this one because it was on a little plazza and sitting outside was quieter than in others lining very narrow street. It was a hot evening and we needed the very slight breeze!One warning: make sure you have long sleeves and light long trousers and that you have sprayed yourself everywhere with...

  • Côté Sud

    I tried a specialty of the area, Gardiane de Taureau (bull meat - 9,20 euros), quite a special taste and very good. The Plate of the sea was also tasty (10 euros), and the dessert, melon marinated in Muscat de Rivesalte was really delicious. A total of 37 euros for two, including the aperitifs, in an atmosphere tinted with the warm colours of the...

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Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer Off The Beaten Path

  • Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer in Moscow

    I (and you) may refresh our memory about Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer and Provence even without leaving Moscow. We should go to the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts (19th and 20th Century European and American Art Department) and see “The Sea at Saintes-Maries” (oil on canvas) by Vincent Van Gogh.What a wonderful opportunity! 12 Volkhonka St., Moscow...

  • Climb up on the roof of the church for...

    Quite surprisingly, you can climb up (the narrow staircase) to the roof top of the church, costing you around 2 EUR. You will not be disappointed, because the aerial view to flat Camargue is suberb.

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    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Updated Mar 30, 2007

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    Favorite thing: The legend extended in days of board of king of Provence Rene. In 1496 Sara's remains were found. The custom of Sara's remains worship begins. 24 - on May, 25th each year of thousand gipsy-pilgrims from all over the world come here. That is why Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer is a gipsy Mecca.

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