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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.

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Historic Arles to the wild & windswept beaches of the Camargue private tour

Historic Arles to the wild & windswept beaches of the Camargue private tour

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Arles, city of art, history & photography a Unesco World Heritage Site. Most visitors come in search of Van Gogh & Roman history - look for the cafe in Place du Forum he painted Cafe Terrace at Night. Arles founded in 46BC by Julius Caesar 2000 years ago, & Van Gogh who arrived in 1888. From Arles, we head into the Camargue region follow the River Rhône where it meets the Mediterranean & windswept beach of Piémanson, time to take in the air & beauty of the nature around. In the heart of the Camargue natural park, you will witness an amazing sight of wild animals & wild landscapes; pink flamingos, bulls & the famous white horses of Camargue. You also visit the capital of the regional park, Les Saintes Maries de la Mer, a town of Spanish gipsy traditions. Head to the rooftop of the town's church, admire the view of the Mediterranean before visiting the Ornithological park Pont de Gau with flamingos, egrets and many more species. It's a day discovering the secrets of the Camargue & Arles.
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Arles and Camargue Small-Group Half-Day Tour from Avignon

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

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Discover the historic wonders of Arles and the natural landscapes of the Camargue on this half-day tour from Avignon. Follow in the footsteps of Van Gogh and admire the Roman ruins of Arles on a guided walking tour; look out for Camargue horses, pink flamingoes, and black bulls in the Camargue region; then visit the Camargue village of Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer.
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Currently, an entrance ticket to Les Saintes Maries de la Mer costs USD 84.58. Guided Les Saintes Maries de la Mer tours start around USD 84.58 per person. See all 2 Les Saintes Maries de la Mer tickets and tours on Viator.
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