This charming place, with the sound of the guitar and the bars, makes you think you're suddenly in Andalusia. But don't be fooled, the Camargue has a Mediterranean, gypsy, racial flavour. Saintes Maries de la Mer is the twin sister of the Dew. The restaurant features a courtyard reminiscent of Andalusian and an inner room where shots over dinner or a drink allow you to enjoy a memorable and enjoyable "gipsy" evening. A part of this peculiar charm, the restaurant has an interesting menu and a unique Camargue specialty: paella and sangria. We spent a week there, and ate in the restaurant three nights in a row. The portions are quite large, so you might have food to spare with just one plate. The Sangria is not like Spanish Sangria, but the food is generally very acceptable. We simply loved the unabashed mixture of French, Spanish, Flemish, Camargue, and Provence all in one. The gypsy group that played "La Soiree" is called "I am" and I fell in love with their music. All compliments to the guitar. What impressed me the most was watching the French sing "Long Live Spain" by Manolo Escobar. It was tremendously fun, and I couldn't keep from laughing. I love these places, not only for the "haute cuisine" or elaborate wine list, but for the incredible atmosphere.
It's difficult to decide on only one out of the vast array of restaurants, bars, and bistros that we found in the tourist town of Saintes Maries. We ended up choosing "Le Provençal" which is emphasized by its typical Provencal kitchen with paella and sangria. It was our first night in town and we decided to have a nice, romantic dinner. I specifically remember it because of its location, because I had just returned from vacation and had discovered the sublime appetizer the "kirk Royal". Besides that, the food, the decor, the beautiful candlelit terrace, the service, everything was excellent. Plus you have to add the incredible ambience of this beautiful coastal town. All together, it's a delightful place and really enjoyable.