About 200 inhabitations
surround a beautiful fortified Roman church.
In that rather remote village, suffering from floods after the breaking
of the sea walls,vineyards, rice (a little), and wheat are cultivated,
the main activity being the fishing of mackerels. .
The only remaining windmill in the village hasnt worked since 1882.
A postal and stagecoach service are still at work.
A boys school, a girls school run by nuns and a kindergarten
gather more than 200 children.
A few civil servants are employed by the village: 4 to 5 French policemen
and 5 to 6 customs officers who are housed in the barracks (of which Vincent
The feasts celebrating the Saintes-Maries de la Mer take place from May
23rd to May 26th and attract numerous visitors. On that occasion, bulls
games (cocardes, ferrades) are organised on the square of the salt attic,
north of the church. (Vincent must have heard about it).