The horsefair

For more than 20 years, towards July 14th, Saintes Maries de la Mer has become the meeting point of the art of riding. For three days, the horse is the uncontested king of the fair.

Two shows are the major events of the merrymaking: Bullfights of the "Pommery Trophy", taking place in the arenas  in Saintes Maries de la Mer. It is the opportunity for aficionados and lovers of horses to discover the best current "rejoneadores" trampling the sand of Camarguese arenas to win highly coveted trophies.The other very important moment is the show "Songe d'une Nuit en Camargue" taking place out of the city, in land, on the road of Cacharel, mixing horses, bulls, tradition, music and lights.

Horses figure at the center of all celebrations. Everyday "abrivado", "roussataïo", "cabestria" and parades of pairs follow one another in the streets of the village.

The Gypsies' square will host some events  and presentations of horses. In the arenas, one evening will be dedicated to equestrian arts with a wonderful show mixing music, lights, trained performances and majesty of horses.

In Saintes Maries de la Mer, the streets are made lively with Flamenco bands and the friendly atmosphere of "bodegas".