Festival of abrivado

This festival is a unique meeting, a tribute to horses and bulls.

Every year, on 11th of November, the festival gathers more than 200 gardians (cowboys) and 1,000 horses from all over the region on the beaches of Les Saintes Maries de la Mer, which is exceptionally open that day to riders and their horses.

You will safely admire this magnificent race and share the thrills of this traditional parade of horses that accompany bulls into the arenas. The jubilation of the festival starts round a breakfast offered on the beach. Then, at 11am, the bulls and the horses start their 3-mile ride, from Plage Est to the arena.

Eleven abrivados follow one another: the highly skilled gardians will have to make sure that the bulls do not escape.

This annual riding event is a perfect mix between the pleasure of riding and the Camargue traditions. It is the image of the Camargue traditions and of the local passion for horses and bulls.