MEDITERRANEAN COASTLINE

Head for the big blue sea in all its glory

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Grau-du-Roi fishing port

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Covering nearly 20 kilometres from Aigues-Mortes bay to the Rhône estuary, the Gard coastline is the essence of all things Mediterranean. You’ll uncover age-old history, lively traditions and an infinite range of choices for keen holiday pleasure.

On a map, the Gard coastline barely stands out, like the tip of a toe dipped into the water. In relatively little space, this incursion into the sea succeeds in evoking memories of French King Saint Louis, a major fishing port preserved from times past, an environment that’s unique worldwide, and the zenith of pleasure boating. Here all is sand, salt, stone and wind. Three-fourths of the coastline remains wild and wondrous.

The town of Aigues-Mortes, the glory of times past, set back from this protected bay, lords over everything. The city was marked by the mid-13th century sojourns by King Louis IX, also known as Saint Louis. The king came twice here to embark on the Crusades. His second voyage, in 1270, was also his last. Encircled by sublime ramparts, the city is particularly reputed for its wall-walk and its Tour de Constance affording a tremendous view over Camargue and the still-active salt flats. Within its walls, Aigues-Mortes is imbued with a medieval hue; art galleries and craft boutiques abound.

Le Grau-du-Roi, just a little further on along the Aigues-Mortes canal, remains a genuine fishing village – number one in the Mediterranean, mind you – while possessing everything needed for modern tourism and international boating, including 5,000 mooring spots at Port Camargue. If you venture out further eastward, do not miss the Espiguette headland, a little Eden treasured by bathers and noted for its fabulous flora and fauna.

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“The Grau-du-Roi has such an authentic side, with its fishing harbour, the trawlers heading into port in every day, the little boats…”


Jérôme Dalle, fisherman and captain of the Picardie excursion boat

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L'Espiguette, site classé

La Camargue in the Gard is a Grand Site of France. Development emphasizes preserving the spirit of place while hosting many visitors. L’Espiguette is ...
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L'Espiguette, site classé
La Camargue in the Gard is a Grand Site of France. Development emphasizes preserving the spirit of place while hosting many visitors. L’Espiguette is ...
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Le salin d'Aigues Mortes

In Roman times, the legionnaires received part of their wages in the form of salt, called the “salarium” which gave rise to the word salary. Today, th...
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Salin d'Aigues Mortes
Le salin d'Aigues Mortes
In Roman times, the legionnaires received part of their wages in the form of salt, called the “salarium” which gave rise to the word salary. Today, th...
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Safari Camargue Découverte

Enter the heart of this mythical land 4-wheel drive vehicle and explore Camargue.With a local guide, learn about Camaruge during a ½ day safari. See t...
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Safari Camargue Découverte
Enter the heart of this mythical land 4-wheel drive vehicle and explore Camargue.With a local guide, learn about Camaruge during a ½ day safari. See t...
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Seaquarium

Member of the Gard Touring Sites Club.SEA PALACE The Sea Palace is the third biggest aquarium in Europe and the biggest shark aquarium This Sea Aquari...
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Seaquarium
Member of the Gard Touring Sites Club.SEA PALACE The Sea Palace is the third biggest aquarium in Europe and the biggest shark aquarium This Sea Aquari...
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Safari Camargue Sauvage

Ambassador of Camargue HeritageOff the beaten paths for a half-day’s outing along 4-wheel drive circuits with your guide. See the marshlands and rice ...
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Safari Camargue Sauvage
Ambassador of Camargue HeritageOff the beaten paths for a half-day’s outing along 4-wheel drive circuits with your guide. See the marshlands and rice ...
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Maison du Grand Site de France Camargue Gardoise

Ouverte en 2014, la Maison du Grand Site de France de la Camargue Gardoise est une maison d’accueil touristique dédiée aux paysages de Camargue gardoi...
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Maison du Grand Site de France Camargue Gardoise
Maison du Grand Site de France Camargue Gardoise
Ouverte en 2014, la Maison du Grand Site de France de la Camargue Gardoise est une maison d’accueil touristique dédiée aux paysages de Camargue gardoi...
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Aigues Mortes, la cité

Six kilometres from the Mediterranean, the harbor of Eaux-Mortes was used in the 12th century by commercial sailing vessels which sailed up to Saint G...
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Aigues Mortes, la cité
Six kilometres from the Mediterranean, the harbor of Eaux-Mortes was used in the 12th century by commercial sailing vessels which sailed up to Saint G...
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Tours et remparts d'Aigues Mortes

Member of the Gard Touring Sites Club.The fortifications were built in the 13th century under orders from French King Saint Louis. The ramparts are 16...
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Remparts d'Aigues-Mortes vue d'ensemble
Tours et remparts d'Aigues Mortes
Member of the Gard Touring Sites Club.The fortifications were built in the 13th century under orders from French King Saint Louis. The ramparts are 16...
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The Salins du Midi salt works

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Since the middle of the 19th century, the Salins du Midi company has operated over 200 km2 now open to visitors.
Board the little train for an hour’s journey across brine ponds to discover where Sel de Camargue originates and why the waters are pink before harvesting. The tasks of the salt worker – guardian of this wild, generous and preserved nature area – will no longer be a mystery to you.
At the Salt Museum/Boutique stopover you can view pictures of centuries-old salt working techniques and examine old tools and packaging materials.
You can also decide to book a trip in a 4WD vehicle, immersed in the magic of this unique place on the edge of nowhere. You’ll visit places that were inaccessible until now, heading to the very core of the 10,000 hectares. Guided by a nature specialist, you’ll explore the plenitude of this pristine area, birthplace of Camargue salt.

THINGS TO DO ON MEDITERRANEAN COASTLINE

Taking off to ‘take the waters’

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Would you like to get away from it all to just rest, while enjoying some spa care? Try out the Institut Thalazur Port Camargue. There’s everything you need for special personal care: a beautiful spot, comfy rooms at the Hôtel les Bains de Camargue****, quality cuisine, as well as restorative well-being thanks to the thalasso/sea-therapy. Come enjoy a little tender loving care with friends or family; rediscover serenity and relaxation that will turn this stay into a cherished and unforgettable memory.

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