Wellness and nature getaway in Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer

Do you want to disconnect and finally take some time for yourself? Escape to the Camargue and discover the local fauna and flora. France.fr gives you the best addresses to recharge your batteries on site!

Timeless retreat at Mas de la Fouque

Bordered by the Camargue Regional Nature Park, this 4-star hotel-spa offers a breathtaking view of the local wildlife. From your room or suite, comfortably installed on your private terrace, you can observe the swans and other wild ducks of the site! Renovated in 2012, the establishment has a heated outdoor swimming pool, surrounded by pine and tamarisk trees, just sublime, a fireplace-library lounge where you can curl up and start a game of table football before going to chat with Marius the parrot, the mascot of the Mas de la Fouque! At La Table de Marius, the hotel's restaurant, you can have lunch in a bohemian atmosphere, before visiting a manade or taking a yoga class. In short, the ideal place to let go!

Mas de la Fouque (External link)

Design and Zen stay in Vila de la Mar

Another possibility for a zen stay. Nestled 5 minutes from the beach, the Vila de la Mar combines the charm and authenticity of a manade with the design of a 4-star hotel-spa. The 33 rooms and suites are decorated with driftwood beds, pebble or stone floors, animal skins and leather to recall the spirit of the Camargue, with private patios and terraces. A successful bet, we come here as a family to disconnect, taste the local specialities in the hotel restaurant and enjoy the Eclaé wellness area. Before attending a gipsy dance and guitar show, enjoy a treatment based on Dunaliella Salina, the pink seaweed that gives the Aigues-Mortes salt marsh its mythical colour! A change of scenery and zenitude guaranteed.

Vila de la Mar (External link)

Bucolic horseback riding between the sea and ponds

The Camargue and its great wild spaces... To admire the white Camargue horses and the majestic black bulls in their environment, opt for a horse ride. Many manades organise them. You'll be able to ride through the marshes! If you are a beginner, don't worry, professionals supervise these outings and guide you so that they are a pure moment of pleasure.

Horse riding in Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer (External link)

Cycling in the heart of the Camargue

For a cycling or walking trip, the Camargue offers many hiking trails. The best place to start your initiation is the sea wall! For 20 kilometres, you will walk along the sea, starting from Les Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer. Expect to be amazed!

The Camargue discovery tours by bike (External link)

Immersion in the ornithological park of Pont de Gau

A famous site in the Camargue, created in 1949, the Pont de Gau ornithological park covers 60 hectares, just 4 kilometres from Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer. Here, it is man who enters the world of birds! Three circuits are proposed for you to walk in the heart of the marshes to observe the life of pink flamingos, herons, storks, egrets and small waders. At the bend in the footpath, you will come across an observation tower where you can get up close and personal with the small inhabitants of the area, as well as information panels on each species. This exceptional natural area is well worth a visit, whether you are with your family, friends or partner. It allows visitors to become more aware of nature conservation in general, and of the Camargue in particular. What's more, the Pont de Gau ornithological park is open every day!

Parc ornithologique du Pont de Gau (External link)