Right in the heart of the Camargue, this fishing town with white houses is the pilgrimage centre for gypsies. The Notre Dame de la Mer church, built in the 12th century and fortified in the 15th century, really looks like a fortress. In the summer, the seaside resort of Saintes Maries de la Mer comes alive with its beaches, its cafés, its shops and its restaurants offering the Camargue specialities, such as gardiane (bull stew) and telline, a type of small clam.
Very touristy, the capital of the Camargue unveils a very interesting architectural and historical heritage, as well as a long tradition of festivals and other cultural events. The surrounding landscapes and beaches giving access to the Big Blue also make the reputation of Saintes Maries de la Mer in the region and in the rest of France. Its culinary traditions, such as the guardian of the bull or the tellines to the aïoli, are constantly attracting visitors to the restaurants of the city.
Walking through the city, you can also enjoy the Mas de Méjanes, or estate of Paul Ricard, listed in the Historic Monuments. The latter consists of horse rides, a footpath, restaurants, an arena or a small tourist train. Located near the pond of Vaccarès, the site was used as a production site for sugar Saint-Louis.
Hiking, mountain biking or even on horseback, are accessible from the commune or in its surroundings to appreciate the beauty of the Camargue landscapes.
The temperatures are highest on average in July, at around 24.7 °C. January is the coldest month, with temperatures averaging 7.6 °C. On average there are 115.09 hours of sunshine per month.
Marseille Airport (MRS) to Saintes Maries de la Mer transfer time 1 hour 36 minutes approximately.