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.
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
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:
- 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