Mas de la Comtesse
Adresse du site : Chemin de la vieille Roubine (Ancien Mas Reboul)
30220 AIGUES-MORTES – Gard
Adresse postale : SAS Mas Comtesse
30220 SAINT LAURENT D’AIGOUZE – Gard
MILLA Vincent et Stéphanie
+336 34 14 28 86 (Stéphanie)
+336 03 43 46 85 (Vincent)
See the gardians at work at the Mas de la Comtesse, in the Gard
You’ll be received by the “gardians” (camargue ranchmen) who will present the Manade’s bulls to you and give you a demonstration of cattle-sorting and tell you about the traditional games that they play on the farm.
Once all the selected animals have been isolated from the rest of the herd you will be invited to go to the farm’s bullring.
The gardians and young men from the farm will then treat you to a demonstration of traditional games in les bullring, before you very eyes, with running commentary and music: games like the “cocarde” race : they will have to get really close up to bulls in order to remove different objects placed between their horns (pompoms, tassels and strings) ; or traditional games played by the gardians : the bouquet game (each rider has to give a bouquet to his lady-friend and confront an opponent who comes to try and take the bouquet …and the lady-friend… away from him!), the orange game (one after another the riders have to gallop along the track to try and get hold of an orange and then throw it into the crowd!), the ring game, the scarf game, a sparrowhawk jousting tournament, horseracing … or an on-track Abrivado : all the bulls are let out of the bullpen, and have to be rounded up and brought in front of the crowd.
Cocktails party in the shelter of the courtyard at the Mas, where a Brasucade (mussels cooked on a barbecue) will be served to you accompanied by a glass of sangria to the sound of Gypsy guitars.
Meal at the Mas with entertainment by the Gypsies and a choice of several traditional menus: beef cooked in red wine, squid, spit-roast meat…
Possibility of arranging the time of visit according to the season
This formula is offered all day long from dawn to dusk.
For an extra fee you have the possibility of going on a mini-cruise by barge to the Mas de la Comtesse and back, boarding at Aigues-Mortes.
The Gardians at work is an ideal formula for a ½ day or evening for groups who want to eat on the site before having a free afternoon to look round the mediaeval city of Aigues-Mortes or go back and rest at their guest house.
All age groups