Office de Tourisme des Saintes Maries de la Mer

Saintes Maries de la Mer - Tourist office

The village of Les Saintes-Maries, dominated by its fortified church, sits between the Mediterranean and the étangs (lagoons), in the very heart of the Camargue.

Les Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer was once just a remote piece of land at the end of the Rhône delta.
The sea shore was many kilometres away and no road worthy of the name crossed the Camargue. This isolation, which lasted until the 19th century, enabled the village to preserve its authenticity. Nowadays, it is a major centre of bull ranching tradition and has established itself as the capital of the gypsy people.

Twice a year, in May and October, gypsies come from all over Europe to worship Mary the mother of James, Mary Salomé and Sarah, their patron saint, who are said to have landed at this spot in 40 A.D. These pilgrimages are very lively and colourful, full of the sound of guitars. Visitors can watch the blessing of the horses and the procession to the sea. The spectacle is exciting, with the herdsmen on horseback, the Arles ladies in traditional costumes, the horse races and the branding parties.

Visitors should not miss the 12th century church and the Baroncelli Museum devoted to Camargue zoology and the culture of the gardian herdsmen before boarding the boats that navigate in the delta, bathing in the sea or riding a mountain bike along the 20 kms of the 19th century Digue à la Mer sea wall.
The village of Les Saintes-Maries has a pleasure port and has also become a major centre for competitive sports. A windsurfing speedway has been constructed near the harbour and the best speed windsurfers come there to beat records.

  • Pets allowed
  • Accessible for disabled
  • Tourisme Handicap : Auditif
  • Tourisme Handicap : Moteur

Information provided byOT Saintes Maries de la Mer

  • Contact

    5 avenue Van Gogh
    13732 Saintes Maries de la Mer

  • Phone

    • 04 90 97 82 55
  • Fax

    04 90 97 71 15

  • Website

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Where to stay

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Mazet de la Grenouillère

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Chevaux blancs, taureaux noirs, flamants roses, crépuscules sur les étangs, vastes plages, étendues de sable fin, gardians, gitans...Toutes ces images, le Maset se propose de les faire devenir réalité.

Mas de la Grenouillère
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Mas de la Grenouillère

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Le Mas de la Grenouillère, c'est tranquillité et détente au bord de la piscine, chambres climatisées avec télévision. Dans un cadre chalereux et confortable, venez découvrir la Camargue et les Saintes Maries.

Inspirations

Tradition

The Three Kings Cake

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Tradition

The soap

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Art de Vivre

The Calanques

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Serving tourism

Bouches-du-Rhône Tourisme is a non-profit ‘association loi 1901’ organisation.It is entrusted by the Conseil Départemental (or regional council) to promote tourism in Bouches-du-Rhône while respecting the environment and local residents, and guaranteeing visitors a top-quality experience.

The best of the destination

So that everyone’s hopes and tastes are catered for, Bouches-du-Rhône Tourisme promotes must-see destinations which take visitors off the beaten track, using its deep understanding of the area and its neutral role as a non-profit organisation.