Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer tourism and travel guide

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France This Way comment: On the edge of the Camargue region, Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer is a very pleasant coast town well known for its gypsy festival

Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer is situated in the Bouches-du-Rhone department and Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region.

Important note

This page features a summary of highlights that you might like to explore near Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer. For detailed visitor information see the Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer travel guide.

Attractions in Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer

The Camargue region of marhes, with flamingoes and semi-wild horses and an unusual natural environment, make it very popular with nature lovers: Camargue

Tourist classifications for Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer include "recommended detour".

Below you can see some of the places that we have visited and reviewed and can recommend when you are sightseeing close to Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer in Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur.

Popular places to visit nearby include Aigues-Mortes at 23 km and Le Grau-du-Roi at 25 km.

Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer, France: places to visit and attractions

Note that all distances below are 'direct' and real driving distances will be greater!



at 3 km (direction north-east)

The Camargue region of marhes, with flamingoes and semi-wild horses and an...

See Camargue guide


at 23 km (direction west-north-west), in the Gard department

The remarkable town of Aigues-Mortes is a fortified town that retains its...

See Aigues-Mortes guide
Le Grau-du-Roi

Le Grau-du-Roi

Seaside resort at 25 km (direction west-north-west), in the Gard department

Le Grau-de-Roi is one of the most eastern, and one of the...

See Le Grau-du-Roi guide


at 30 km (direction north-east)

The roman amphitheatre and the traditional pastel-painted houses in the historic centre...

See Arles guide
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Roman Arles

Roman Arles

Heritage Site at 30 km (direction north-east)

The town of Arles contains numerous Roman monuments including the famous amphitheatre...

See Roman Arles guide
La Grande-Motte

La Grande-Motte

Seaside resort at 30 km (direction west-north-west), in the Herault department

The 1960's architecture gives La Grande-Motte its unique character, and the long...

See La Grande-Motte guide


at 38 km (direction north-east)

This town near Arles has a small historic centre to explore when...

See Fontvieille guide


Seaside resort at 41 km (direction west), in the Herault department

At Palavas-les-Flots you will find a long beach and a resort that...

See Palavas-les-Flots guide


at 43 km (direction north-north-east), in the Gard department

Beaucaire is well situtaed for exploring the popular towns of Arles, Nimes...

See Beaucaire guide


at 43 km (direction north-north-east), in the Gard department

Nimes contains some of the most complete ancient Roman monuments to be...

See Nimes guide
Chateau de Tarascon

Chateau de Tarascon

Castle at 43 km (direction north-north-east)

The Chateau de Tarascon is an imposing 15th century castle on the...

See Chateau de Tarascon guide


at 44 km (direction north-north-east)

Tarascon is a pleasant town with a substantial castle on the Rhone...

See Tarascon guide


Most Beautiful Village at 44 km (direction north-east)

The village of Baux-de-Provence is small but exceptionally picturesque, and has beautiful...

See Baux-de-Provence guide
Château des Baux-de-Provence

Château des Baux-de-Provence

Castle at 44 km (direction north-east)

The Château des Baux-de-Provence is a remarkable ruined castle above the village...

See Château des Baux-de-Provence guide

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Markets in and near Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer

  • Aigues-Mortes: market Sunday (23km)
  • Le Grau-du-Roi: market Wednesday - seasonal market only (25km)
  • Le Grau-du-Roi: market Tuesday & Thursday & Saturday (25km)
  • Saint-Gilles: market Thursday & Sunday (25km)
  • Vauvert: market Wednesday & Saturday (30km)
  • Arles: market Wednesday & Tuesday & Saturday & Friday (30km)
  • La Grande-Motte: market Thursday - seasonal market only (30km)
  • La Grande-Motte: market Sunday (30km)
  • Marsillargues: market Tuesday (31km)
  • Aimargues: market Tuesday & Sunday & Friday (31km)

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Tourist attractions near Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer, France

What to do at Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer? Some places with official tourist classifications and other places of interest to visit nearby that should provide inspiration if you are visiting Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer.


  • Mare Nostrum (45km)

Grand sites of France

Heritage sites

Most beautiful villages in France

(see also beautiful French villages)

National Monuments

Recommended detour towns (fr: plus beau détour)

Regional Natural Parcs

  • Alpilles (43km)

Churches and religious monuments

  • Eglise et cloitres de Saint Trophime, Eglise de Saint-Honorat des Alycamps (Arles) (30km)
  • Abbaye Notre Dame de Montmajour (Arles) (34km)

Remarkable gardens

  • Jardins de la Fontaine (43km)
  • Parc et jardins du château de Flaugergues (45km)
  • Jardin aquatique « Aux fleurs de l'eau (52km)
  • Jardin de l'Alchimiste (54km)

Protected historical centre (fr: secteur sauvegardé)

(see also historical French towns)

Sites of natural beauty

  • Etang de Scamandre (20km)
  • Pointe de l'Espiguette (26km)

Zoo and/or wildlife park

  • Parc zoologique de Lunaret (49km)

Geography and distances

Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer is in the south-east of France at 78 kilometres from Marseille, the department capital (general information: Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer is 622 kilometres from Paris).

Geographical Information

Commune: Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer

Canton: Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer

Arrondissement: Arles

Department: Bouches-du-Rhone

Region: Provence

Postcode: 13460

Distance to Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer

from Marseille (prefecture): 78 km

from Paris: 622 km

from Calais: 856 km

from Nice: 230 km

from Bordeaux: 428 km

from Strasbourg: 625 km

Getting here

Most visitors fly into the airport at Marseille or drive from the UK with a journey time of around 10-11 hours. For driving distances to Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer from anywhere in France see driving distances and route planner.

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