Saintes‑Maries‑de‑la‑Mer

Located in the department of Bouches-du-Rhône, the pretty village of Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer nestles in a remarkable natural setting. You can find in Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer some stores, while enjoying a joie de vivre typical of a village on a human scale.

Do you take advantage of the vacations to indulge in new leisure activities close to nature? The village is the starting point of many hiking trails: unevenness, length, you can easily find routes suitable for sportsmen and amateurs. You will also have the opportunity to try your hand at many other activities in the Bouches-du-Rhône: horse-riding, golf initiation, climbing, tree climbing, paragliding…  Horseback riding in the open spaces is one of the must-do local activities.

From the Mediterranean coast to the mountain pastures of the Southern French Alps, the diversity of climates and terroirs in the south-east of France offers many local specialties. The terroir is part of the identity of Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer, where passionate producers have developed tasty local specialties of Camargue.

History has bequeathed to this village several remarkable monuments such as the Church of Saintes-Maries, the Church of Notre Dame de la Mar or the Lighthouse of La Gacholle. The local heritage is also rich in numerous legends. The name of this village is based, for example, on the tradition affirming that three disciples of Jesus, Mary Magdalene, Mary Salome and Mary Jacobé, came to settle in the Camargue. Each year, the Gypsy Pilgrimage testifies to an ever-present fervour for this ancestral cult.

You can contact the Tourist Office to discover all the tourist attractions available nearby.

Are you looking for accommodation in Southern France? Many tourists prefer camping in the sunny Bouches-du-Rhône. There are also hotels and bed and breakfasts for all prices. Organise your stay by booking accommodation that suits you.

You want to stay in Southern France? The campsite is in the spotlight in the Var. You can also find guest rooms and hotels for all prices. Discover quality accommodation.

Your seaside resort in Camargue

Les Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer is a renowned seaside resort, open to both the wide open spaces of the Camargue and the blue waves of the Mediterranean Sea. Numerous beaches welcome swimmers, kite surfers and windsurfers. You can walk on the sand of the endless Beauduc beach, whose wild character has been preserved, or you can prefer the beaches of the Crin-Blanc or the Arènes just a few meters from the small marina. Various nautical activities are offered on site, to be shared with family, couples or friends.

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The Camargue, between sea and sun

The Camargue is a changing territory, born from the meeting of a river, the Rhône, and the Mediterranean Sea. The numerous ponds are home to an extraordinary fauna and flora: pink flamingos meet there every summer, and some now stay there all year round. This wild territory is also famous for its bulls and horses.

Discover a remarkable territory on foot, by bike or on horseback: from the Étang de Vaccarès to the Etang de Monro, from the Rhône to the Petit Rhône, wilderness stretches welcome you. The Camargue is also famous for its beaches, Beauduc and Piemanson being certainly the most popular.

Read more : Camargue Regional Natural Park

Monuments and heritage

The Museum of Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer allows you to discover the historical past of the town, through numerous objects from archaeological excavations. The museum focuses more particularly on the proximity of the town to the Mediterranean Sea.

The Church of Notre-Dame-de-la-Mer in Les Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer, of Romanesque architecture, resembles a medieval fortress with its battlements. You can admire the bell tower with its five bells, and visit the crypt which houses the statue of Sara and her relics

Created by sculptor Marius Jean Antonin Mercié, the statue of Mireille pays tribute to the poem by Frédéric Mistral, a fervent defender of Provençal culture.

You can delve into the past of southern France by visiting the medieval town of Aigues-Mortes to the west, famous for its impressive ramparts, or by visiting the ancient city of Arles to the north, famous for its Roman arena.

Practical information

We help you to prepare your stay in the Camargue.

  • Location: Les-Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer is located to the east of the Camargue regional nature park, and to the south of the town of Arles.
  • Nearby tourist towns and villages: Arles, Martigues
  • Accommodation: You can book a hotel room, a bed and breakfast, a guest house, a mobile home or a camping pitch for your stay in the Camargue.
  • Market days: Every Wednesday and Saturday in the village, and every Saturday at the beach.
  • Tourist Office (address): 5 Av. Van Gogh, 13460 Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer
  • Tourist Office (phone): (+33)4 90 97 82 55
  • Official website: https://www.saintesmaries.com/
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