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Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer

3.8
Wildlife Areas · Observation Decks · Beaches
Engulfed in the Provençal culture, Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer has many literary, artistic, and musical references from master artists due to its location where the Rhône meets the Mediterranean and as the pilgrimage destination for Romany people, sometimes called gypsies. Bob Dylan wrote songs in the town during his visits, and Vincent van Gogh painted "Street in Saintes-Maries" here in 1888. Located in the Bouches-du-Rhône department at the Rhône delta about 1 km (0.6 mi) east of the mouth of the Petit Rhône distributary, a windy man-made canal called simply "The Canal" is a great place to windsurf or sail, It has been the setting of the last three sailing speed world records. Although the city has a small population under 2,500, over 50,000 tourists visit every summer making it a busy tourist destination. You can take in the wild beauty of the area by walking the narrow historic streets, watch the herds of legendary black bulls and white horses, or explore on horseback. Add Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer and other destinations in France to your travel plans using our France online visit planner.
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Popular things to do in Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer

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Outdoor Activity
Promenade a Cheval La Marisma
4.9
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Wildlife Area
Le Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau
4.4
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Observation Deck
Notre Dame de la Mer - Église fortifiée
4.4
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Horseback Riding Tour
Horseback Riding Tours
4.1
Duration: 1h 30 min

Side trips from Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer

National Park
The Camargue Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur
4.3
Duration: 8 hours
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Beach
Plage de Piemanson Salin de Giraud
4.3
Duration: 2h 30 min
Fishing Charter / Tour
Delta Fishing Port-Saint-Louis-du-Rhone
5.0
Duration: 4 hours
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Beach
St. Croix Beach Martigues
4.3
Duration: 4 hours

Hidden gems in Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer

Equestrian Trail
L'Ecurie de l'Auberge Cavaliere du Pont des Bannes
4.7
Duration: 2h 30 min
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Ranch
Manade Cavallini
4.4
Duration: 1h 30 min
Ranch
Ranch de la Brouzetiere
5.0
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Outdoor Activity
Le Palomino
3.7
Duration: 1h 30 min

Beaches in Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer

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Beach
Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer Beach
3.8
Duration: 1h 30 min
Beach
Bambou Palm Beach
1.0
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Beach
Plage de Beauduc
3.5
Duration: 4 hours

Historic Sites in Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer

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Church
Presbytère des Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer
4.5
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Lighthouse
Phare de la Gacholle
4.1
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Historic Site
Chateau d'Avignon
3.4
Duration: 1h 30 min

Outdoors in Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer

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Outdoor Activity
Les cabanes de cacharel
3.3
Duration: 1h 30 min
Outdoor Activity
Lou Simbeu
3.1
Duration: 1h 30 min
Outdoor Activity
Mas de Pin Fourcat
3.6
Duration: 1h 30 min

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