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Top Choice Seafood in Stes-Maries-de-la-Mer

Ô Pica Pica

Fish and shellfish do not come fresher than this. Watch them get gutted, filleted and grilled in the 'open' glass-walled kitchen, then devour your meal on the sea-facing pavement terrace or out the back in the typic…
Top Choice Wildlife Reserve in Stes-Maries-de-la-Mer

Parc Ornithologique du Pont de Gau

Flamingos are a dime a dozen in the Camargue, but this park is one of the best places to see the many other migratory and seasonal species that thrive in these wetlands. Herons, storks, egrets, teals, avocets and gr…
Natural Feature in Stes-Maries-de-la-Mer

La Digue à la Mer

This 2.5m-high dyke was built in the 19th century to cut the delta off from the sea, making the southern Camargue arable. A 20km-long walking and cycling track runs along its length, linking Stes-Maries with the sol…
Seafood in Stes-Maries-de-la-Mer

La Cabane aux Coquillages

Attached to the excellent Ô Pica Pica restaurant, this informal little cabane (hut) specialises, unsurprisingly, in coquillages (shellfish): oysters, palourdes (clams), coques (cockles), and tellines (a type of loca…
Farm in Stes-Maries-de-la-Mer

Manade des Baumelles

Located on the Petit Rhône, this manade (bull farm) lets visitors enter the world of the gardians ('cowboys'), watching their strenuous work from the safety of a truck. The braver can ride horses, join in the farm-w…
Grill in Stes-Maries-de-la-Mer

La Casita

The charismatic couple who run this unpretentious address, with cartwheels for tables, cook up the catch of the day à la plancha (grilled) for eight months of the year, and spend the other four travelling. The resul…
Seafood in Stes-Maries-de-la-Mer

Calypso – Lou Santen

A seasonal regular, this beach restaurant shaded by a reed pergola provides the perfect lookout to the Plage Ouest and the Mediterranean beyond. Lounge at tables on the wooden terrace while feasting on perfectly gri…
French in Stes-Maries-de-la-Mer

La Grange

If you've developed a desire to get closer to the Camargue's bulls by eating them, then head to the Grange, an ode to Camargue's gardians, with bull-herding memorabilia on the walls and plenty of taureau (bull meat)…
Seafood in Stes-Maries-de-la-Mer

La Playa

East of Stes-Maries, towards the Digue à la Mer on sandy Plage Est, is La Playa, the chic choice, with a particularly vibrant apéro and after-dark scene, shoals of fresh fish cooked up à la plancha (grilled), and…
Church in Stes-Maries-de-la-Mer

Église des Stes-Maries

Built on the potential first site of Christianity in the Camargue, this fortified church is of uncertain vintage, but probably hails from the 12th century. It draws legions of pilgrims to venerate the statue of Sara…