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
  • Marque Tourisme et Handicap : Auditif
  • Marque Tourisme et Handicap : Moteur
  • Marque Qualité Tourisme

Information provided by OT Saintes Maries de la Mer

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Where to stay

Lou Maset Coucagno
Hotel

Lou Maset Coucagno

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Hôtel situé au milieu des étangs, à 5mn à pied du village et des plages. Piscine, parking fermé. Chambres tout confort avec terrasses.

Le Galoubet
Hotel

Le Galoubet

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A proximité des plages, le Galoubet vous offre le confort, le calme, une vue sur les Impériaux, des activités sportives et de loisirs à proximité (randonnée équestre, safari photos, bateau, minigolf, tennis).

Le Mangio Fango
Hotel

Le Mangio Fango

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A 700m du village et des plages, dans un cadre intime et reposant, en bordure de l'Etang des Launes. Terrasses individuelles. Piscine chauffée. Croquet, chevaux, visite de manade en 4x4 . Restaurant : spécialités culinaires : tellines de beauduc à l'aïoli, fondu de Saint-Renoy,millefeuille…

Le Bleu Marine
Hotel

Le Bleu Marine

Saintes Maries de la Mer

At 100 m from the beach (next to seawater therapy center and the tennis court), just a step way from the city centre the Hotel Le Bleu Marine (with swimming-pool) proposes its 26 rooms fully equipped with satellite TV, direct phone, bathroom or shower and W-C.

Mas du Ménage
B&B

Mas du Ménage

Saintes Maries de la Mer

L'authenticité d'une manade associée au confort d'une chambre moderne décorée et équipée avec soin dans un style camarguais revisité.

Le Sheriff
Holiday rental

Le Sheriff

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Les Arnelles
Hotel

Les Arnelles

Saintes Maries de la Mer

Hôtel de charme au coeur des marais et à 900 m du village. Chambres confortables disposant d'une terrasse privative. Piscine à débordement et promenade à cheval sur le site. Les dîners sont servis sur la terrasse ombragée ou au restaurant (restauration légère au déjeuner).

Le Mas Farola
Holiday rental

Le Mas Farola

Saintes Maries de la Mer

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Les Coquelicots

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Beach

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Beach

Plage Les Arènes

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Where to eat

Farniente Plage
Cuisine de Provence

Farniente Plage

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A Fleur de Sel
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A Fleur de Sel

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The serene atmosphere of this little eatery - cosy inside and sparkling outside is eminently pleasant. Alexandra's cuisine points towards the sea (though not exclusively), is fuss-free and spruce, and comes with a sprinkling of fleur de sel. Naturally.

L'Amiraute
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L'Amiraute

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Le Bruleur de Loups

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Mas de la Fouque

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Les Vagues
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