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Exceptional heritage of the Camargue

The Camargue is a vast wetland where ancestral traditions, ponds, exceptional biodiversity, remarkable villages, salt marshes, museums, marshes, tourist circuits and sandy beaches meet. Discover its enchanting and exotic landscapes, with family, friends, couple or solo. The Camargue Regional Natural Park wishes to protect its flora and fauna, while allowing travelers access and discovery. On horseback, on foot, by car or by bike, explore the richness and quality of the landscapes offered by the Camargue. Cradle of horse breeding, bulls and gypsy music, festive events abound at the Saintes Maries de la Mer.

Les Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer

Capital of the Camargue, the city of Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer is a land of legend, tradition and
pilgrimage. Between the Camargue and Provençal landscapes, you will not be disappointed with your visit to Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer. In the shade of its Romanesque bell tower, visitors stroll through the cobbled streets, following in the footsteps of pilgrims. From the roof of the church, his gaze on the lookout, nose and hair in the wind, he lets himself be won over by the emotion of the great outdoors, future scenes of discovery and warm encounters with the men and women manadiers who are on their way to horse on the pastures of bulls promised a glorious future. & nbsp;

The year is set to the rhythm of traditional events, pilgrimages, festivals and all kinds of events. Between the ponds, the marshes and the beaches, sports and idleness will be there.

To find out about events during your stay at Les Palmiers, your 2-star hotel
in Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer, please contact reception. & nbsp; & nbsp;

Church of Our Lady of the Sea

& nbsp; Built near the mouth of the Petit-Rhône, the Church of Saintes Maries de la Mer had an important strategic position. The church dominates the village and is visible 10 km from the interior. It is a real fortress, formed by a single, straight nave, without ornament and 15 meters high. The roof is surrounded by a covered way, with battlements and machicolations and served as a watchtower. The choir and the apse are surmounted by a hemicycle dungeon which contains the old guardhouse room called "upper chapel". The walls of the church are pierced with loopholes. It served as a refuge for the population and there is even a fresh water well there. Today, the statue of Sara, an essential element of the heritage of the gypsies, is placed in the crypt, to the right of the altar. The sanctuary, dedicated to the Virgin Mary invoked here under the name of Our Lady of the Sea, was built around a primitive church of which Saint Césaire d'Arles, in his will of 543, entrusted the management to the monastery which he founded in Arles with his sister Césarie. This little church was itself built around a fresh water well still visible in the sanctuary and near which, it was thought, the Saints were buried. The most contemporary historians situate the construction of the fortified church during the second half of the 12th century while others date the nave of the 11th century and the part corresponding to the choir of the 9th century. In August 1448, after the discovery of the bodies of the Saints, King René of Anjou built the current crypt , the primitive church which had been preserved is destroyed, the shrine containing the relics is raised to the upper chapel. It is reached by the roof terrace by taking spiral staircases built into the thickness of the walls. & Nbsp;

Traditional Manade

To discover the bovine tradition of the Camargue, nothing better than to visit a manade. Go out and meet these passionate bulls, Camargue races and traditions. Get to know the work of a gardian by participating in a discovery day in the heart of a manade.

Ornithological Park

In this ornithological reserve, the Gau Bridge, observe the exceptional Camargue fauna in its natural state. In the heart of nature, you can stroll on the many protected hectares of the ornithological park and go to meet many species of birds.