saintes-maries-de-la-mer is the seaside boho/gypsy capital of camargue in the south of france. it is famous for it's flamingos and fields of beautiful white horses. as you walk through the streets there is live music, big pots of fresh seafood paella cooking away and sangria happy hour everywhere you look. i kind of almost forgot i was in france for a minute.
there is also a beach, which is alright but definitely does not compare to cassis, it was still really nice to have a quick dip on such a hot day. it was the middle of summer when we went, so it was legitimately the hottest, driest, saltiest air, i ended up having to wrap my sarong around my head because my hair was becoming one big dry and matted dreadlock, but maybe i was just becoming a gypsy for the day?
i really enjoyed the energy of saintes-maries-de-la-mer. a highlight was going all the way up onto the rooftop of the church eglise des stes-maries, which is dedicated to mary magdalene and sara, the egyptian, the view was breathtaking.
i would definitely recommend to anyone visiting the south of france to spend 1 or 2 days here, (i personally wouldn't do more than that). buy some of the local rice and salt that camargue is famous for and just admire all the beautiful buildings and atmosphere and be sure to catch the flamingos at sunset and visit the horses.