Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer is the capital of Camargue, in Provence, south of France. It is supposedly the place where Mary Magdalene sailed to, after leaving Egypt, being the place where she first set foot in Europe.
The small town has a population of about 2500 people, which increases to more than 50.000 during season when bullfights, horse riding and wind surfing seem to be the main attractions of the area, apart from the beach. (more here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer).
While in full season it's quite a crowded place, at the beginning of May the atmosphere was relaxed and laid back, perfect for a quiet stroll down the beach.
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