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  • Address: Les Saintes Maries de la Mer, France

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Les Saintes Maries de la Mer Tours

Surrounded by golden beaches in the spot where the Rhône River meets the Mediterranean Sea sits the whitewashed town of Saintes Maries de la Mer. As the capital of the Camargue region in the south of France, Saintes-Maries is a popular summertime destination made famous by the imposing Church of the Saintes Maries de la Mer. Built as both fortress and refuge between the ninth and 12th century, its grand Romanesque steeple can be seen from miles away. 

A 20th-century literary and artistic haven beloved by the likes of Hemingway and Picasso, Saintes-Maries has seen everyone from the Romans to the Vikings, Van Gogh to Bob Dylan. Today its narrow, winding streets and lively French restaurants bustle with summertime action.

Saintes-Maries is also a popular visit among pilgrims. Why? It’s all in the name. French for “Saint Maries of the Sea,” this is said to be where the Virgin Mary’s sister, Marie-Jacobe, and John the Baptist’s mother, Marie-Salone, washed up with their servant Sarah when they all fled from the Holy Land in a rudderless boat. In celebration, every May there is a lively Roma procession dedicated to Sarah, patron saint of the gypsies, and in October the two Maries get their own parade. 

Practical Info

To get to Saintes-Marie you can take the 30-minute bus ride from Arles, 24 miles (38 km) north.

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Arles and Camargue Small-Group Half-Day Tour from Avignon, Avignon, null
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Arles and Camargue Small-Group Half-Day Tour from Avignon

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Enjoy a small-group tour from Avignon to discover Arles and Camargues with an experienced guide. During this half day tour you will visit Arles, where art and ...  Read more

Location: Avignon, France
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $83.36
Camargue Tour from Aix-en-Provence, Aix-en-Provence, Half-day Tours
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Camargue Tour from Aix-en-Provence

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Explore the wild and wonderful Camargue region in Provence on this half-day trip from Aix! After a tour of its pretty coastal capital, Les Saintes Maries de la ...  Read more

Location: Aix-en-Provence, France
Duration: 5.5 to 6 hrs

From USD $77.40
Small-Group Guided Day-Trip to the Camargue from Avignon, Avignon, Day Trips
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Small-Group Guided Day-Trip to the Camargue from Avignon

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Discover the Camargue and its surprising wildlife: You will be driven in a comfortable minivan and see wild horses, black bulls and pink flamingos, rice fields ...  Read more

Location: Avignon, France
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $130.99

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