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Three ambiances filled with three different emotions - Marseille, a bustling city with a great cultural and ethnic mix, Arles and the Camargue with its wild untamed countryside, and Provence with a lifestyle all of its own.
This is an outstanding area offering a wide range of experiences - towns, countryside, culture, the sea, festivals, walking, arts and crafts, traditions, relaxation and a chance to meet other people.

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Arts - Provençal Tradition - Jeux taurins - jeux gardians

Saintes Maries de la Mer

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Abrivado / Roussataïo

From 14 September 2014 to 31 December 2014
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Free event

Comité d'organisation des fêtes saintoises
Phone : 04 90 97 80 05

Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer rings in the New Year with two major Camargue heritage events! An intrinsic part of Camargue traditions, the "Abrivado" remains an extremely entertaining show. In days gone by, the "gardians" – the cowboys of Camargue - rounded up bulls in the grazing grounds, then herded them to local villages to take part in the festivities. Today, the word "Abrivado" is also synonymous with the region's famous bull runs, when bulls charge through the village streets to the arena escorted by herdsmen while spectators try to lure the animals out of the pack! The second event, the "Roussataïo", is an old tradition consisting of herding mares and foals to new grazing grounds. It is celebrated today with around 100 Camargue horses herded through the town streets by "gardians" in traditional dress, cheered on by the crowds!


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14 September 2014
18 September 2014
25 September 2014
28 September 2014
5 October 2014
12 October 2014
2 November 2014

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