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La Camargue encompasses the Rhone River delta in the southeast of France. One of the best places in Europe for birdwatching; also great for biking and horse riding.

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There are numerous hotels on way from Arles to Saintes Maries de la Mer. Some of them worth considering include:

  • Les Arnelles, (450m outside of the St-M-dl-M, on the left side of the road just after Le Pont Des Bannes hotel). Bar 8am to 11pm

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When staying in a touristy city like Saintes Maries de la Mer, it can be difficult to impossible to find a place for a good dinner with anything beyond fried chips and over-grilled meat.

However, if you have a car to drive out, and ideally an Internet connection, here are some tips for finding a good place with a cuisine close to genuinely local--neither will guarantee anything, but at least improve your chances:

  • a place should be remote enough to require a dedicated trip. The only reason anyone should eat there is because the food is good. In this case, don't be put off by lack of customers.
  • menu lists most local specialties, and even better nothing from outside the region
  • ferme auberge, an official government program. Members usually show good fidelity to local cuisine, though limited menu selection.
  • member of Conservatoire des Cuisines de Camargue, society for the preservation of true Camargue cuisine
  • seats by reservation only
  • offering table d'hote (guest table), which is like eating in somebody's home--which is usually many times intensely local (expect limited or no menu selection, however)

Specialty foods of the Camargue includes:

  • Bouillabaisse
  • Anchoïade
  • Anguilles au four
  • Gardiane de Taureau
  • Salade Camarguaise
  • Aubergines aux anchois et aux capres
  • Barbouillade d'artichauts
  • Brandade de Morue
  • Canard aux figues
  • Moules en Brasucado
  • Hachis camarguais
  • Fougasse d'Aigues Mortes
  • La Broufado

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