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The traditions

Les traditions

Les "cabanons" wooden chalets

Les cabanonsResidence of fishers, the traditional architecture of this cabanon is the result of simplicity and ingenuity. These cabanons were first built for security of seamen and became at the end of the XIXth Century equipment parking spaces. From the very beginning of the XXth Century, these chalets are used for totally different purposes and extend to become vacation resorts.

This residence has small white washed walls, a big roof with a rafter, which extremity is sometimes topped by a bull horn or a transverse piece of wood, in order to form a cross. This rafter on the opposite side of the cabin apse protects against the lightning and is useful for knotting the rope which makes it fast on the ground in very windy days.

In olden days people used to built cabins walls with materials from the marsh:  clay and reeds. Today, different materials are used… but people are still in love with this type of architecture for pleasure of traditional living or simply for its climate change adaptation.  190 cabanons attest to the history of many people. They also embody quality of life and attachment of the Port-Saint-Louisiens to nature.

The theme of the 2011 local heritage days will be “Cabins and Cabanons”.


La joute provençaleProvençal jousting is a tournament, on water between two players on their own boat, on top of a special raised plate form called in Provençal « la teinteine ».

The goal is to send his opponent to the water with a spear.

Each player (knight) carries a protective wooden plastron and holds in the left hand a baton protecting him against the adversary’s lance.

Do you know it? Provençal jousting is considered as the most violent of the 5 french jousting practice because the knight doesn’t wait for being touched by the opponent: he rushes first at the adversary.

Jousting depends from the French Jousting Federation, which has its own championship and French cup.

Rhodanien nautical club:  initiation and practice of the Provençal jousting
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Bull feast traditions

The town of Port-Saint-Louis du Rhône is steeped in a long tradition of bull feast.

Do you know it? Bull culture is the relation between bull and man. It’s a unique way of life in the world.

The bull run « Course Camarguaise » is a bloodless bull game. This tradition goes back to the 1890s when the bull farmers realized the importance of the breed of bull known as « Camargue Bull ».  its morphology, resistance and readiness to fight predisposes this bull to running rather than working or meat production.

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Also, from the very beginning of the century can we see high quality bulls and bullfighters called “raseteurs” (removing a decoration from between the horns of the bull) confronting each other in jury bullrings.

Do you know it? A 3 or 4 years old Camargue run bull arrives in the arena and finishes his career between 15 and 16 years.

The municipal arenas in Port-Saint-Louis du Rhône welcome traditional Camargue runs.  The bullpen entrance framing south walls represent galloping horses, whilst the walls of the refreshment room represent a Camargue landscape.

Do you know it? The bull run « Course Camarguaise » was suscribed to the France's immaterial cultural heritage list, the 3th of september in 2008, et en 2011,The French Camargue run federation has 2011 suggested the UNESCO  to designate the Camargue run as a world immaterial cultural heritage.

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