We took the bus from Arles to Stes-Maries de-la-Mere. The drive was through marshland and cereal growing fields. The notion of seeing the 'wild' side France was exciting. Pink flamingos,wild bulls,nasty boars and even nastier mosquitoes. Nature lovers rejoice!
Then you reach the white washed,spanish-feeling, seafront town with acres of white horses and black bulls at its doorstep. Its like coming to a French coney island with trinkets everywhere.
Take note it gusts regularly. Its not only the migration place for birds and flamingos, it also attracts the Roma gypsies when they pile into their caravans and migrate here to venerate the statue of Saint Sarah.
The town is short on things to do except its beach , promenade,bullring and towering five-belled fortified church. However it is the jumping point for cyclists,horse riders and jeep adventures.
I recommend hopping onto the boat tours which ply their way through the estuaries,giving you a scenic opportunity to spot birds,fish, black bulls and white horses.
We stopped at L'Hostellerie du Pont de Gau for lunch where we sampled Riz de Camargue,a red,chewy,nutty-tasting rice and Taureau(bulls meat),as well as,spicy picodon and the native goat cheese
For bragging rights back home...try bulls testicles!!......hhhmmmm?
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