Color Gitano (or Gypsy Colours - the debut single of the French artist, Kendji Girac)
Located in the heart of the Regional National Park of the Camargue, Saintes Maries de la Mer intrigues the numerous visitors that enter its walls. Famous for being home to gypsies, you will be enchanted to discover the colourful folklore which livens up the town.
From its height of 15 metres, the church of Notre Dame de la Mer (“Our Lady of the Sea”) dominates the town. Built in the 9th century to protect the population from the pirates of the day, it has nowadays become a genuine shrine glorifying Saint Sara (the ‘Black Madonna’), herself the symbol of the gypsy community. Climb upon the roof and the rampart walk to enjoy a beautiful panorama over the town and the Mediterranean.
Continue your visit via the arenas of the town, and do not forget to take a photo with Vovo, a famous Camargue bull, the statue of whom stands proudly in bronze in front of the gates. Every day, entertainment for the entire family is offered in the arenas: courses camarguaises (“an entirely harmless confrontation between man and a bull), bull swimming pool (the aim of which is for an alarmed bull to push children into a pool)…Find the programme of activities at the entrance.