Gypsy’s Pilgrimage in Les Saintes Maries de la Mer 2025

When: Friday, May 23, 2025 - Sunday, May 25, 2025
Gypsy's Pilgrimage in Les-Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer

Once a year on the second half of May, the Romanies community gather to venerate their Saint Sara-la-Kali — “Sara the Black” who guards the Romanies where ever they live.

The gathering is held in the French township Les Saintes Maries de la Mer in south France. Thousands of gypsies reach the place so it seems that the town has gone back in time to the Middle Ages.

Families, the elderly, adults, young people and children come from various European countries and even outside it, especially for religious ceremonies in the honor of the saint, to baptize the children in the church of holiness, to meet friends and unite.

The town which is calm and quiet all year round turns during the pilgrimage to a great center of color and sound when the processions, traditional gypsy music and singing are heard all over the town and along the beach.

Visit in Les Saintes Maries de la Mer during the Roman festival promises a unique culture experience that can’t be found anywhere else.

For accommodations, check the most recommended hotels in Les Saintes Maries de la Mer and around, most of them suggest FREE CANCELLATION option or NO PREPAYMENT NEEDED – PAY AT THE PROPERTY:
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Office de Tourisme des Saintes-Maries de la Mer
5 av. Van Gogh - 13460
Saintes Maries de la Mer
Tél : 33 4 90 97 82 55
Fax : 33 4 90 97 71 15
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