What to see around the village of Aigues-Mortes in the South of France
Aigues-Mortes and its surroundings
Set in a landscape of marsh, sand and water, the fortifications of Aigues-Mortes are one of the best-preserved clusters of mediaeval architecture in France.
Sights not to be missed: the Ramparts and the Tower of Constance, the Saltmarshes of Aigues-Mortes in the heart of wild, protected nature, and the boat trip on the canals starting from the port of Aigues-Mortes.
Situated between the two arms of the river Rhône, the Camargue is the stronghold of the traditions of the breeding of bulls and horses.The vast expanses of the pasture-lands whose only frontiers are marsh and reeds form the theatre for picturesque scenes: the astonishing sights of the herdsmen working in perfect harmony with their extraordinary little white horses, while the flamingos, those spectacular symbols of the Camargue’s wildlife, silently and conscientiously rake the depths of the lagoons with their beaks or noisily take flight in a flamboyant pink cloud.
Discover it on foot, by bike or in a guided tour by 4x4, by boat or on horseback. Visit Arles and its arenas and be amazed by the recent discoveries brought to light out of the silts of the Rhône. Make your pilgrimage to Saintes Maries de la Mer or spend a day amongst the herds, to discover our traditions.
The Mas des Sables is in an ideal location which offers you a whole variety of pleasures. Make the most of all the sporting activities at the seaside and of the beaches of fine sand at the Grau du Roi, and visit the coast, Provence and the Cevennes.
UNESCO World Heritage Sites
Visite the Ancient Theatre, the Cryptoporticus, the Roman Baths of Constantine, the remains of the Roman circus, the Saint-Trophime cloister, the portal of Saint-Trophime or the Alyscamps.
The city of Avignon:
Known throughout the world for its rich history, its theatre festival and its Provencal lifestyle. The Palace of the Popes, the largest gothic palace in the world, residence of the pontiffs in the 14th century.
Le Pont du Gard:
Which is the most prestigious and best preserved part of the aqueduct that the Romans built to bring water from the Uzès spring to Nîmes.
L’Abbaye de St Guilhem:
The Desert on the way to St Jacques de Compostelle and the Pont du Diable, a medieval bridge from the 11th century over the Hérault Gorges.
L'Abbaye de Montmajour:
Founded in 948 by Benedictine monks, with its protected natural areas suitable for meditation.
- Two of the most beautiful villages in France
The Languedoc Coast
Le Grau du Roi and the beautiful wild beach of L'Espiguette
The Marina of Port Camargue (visit by boat, departure from Grau du Roi)
La Grande Motte with the Grand Travers beach, Palavas and the Phare de la Méditerranée offering an exceptional view of the sea, the lakes and Montpellier.
Sète & l’Étang de Thau (oyster beds)
Other suggested visits
The ornithological park of Pont de Gau:
60 hectares of marshland with equipped hiking trails where you can observe the birds of the Camargue.
The Etang de Vaccarès:
the largest of the Camargue ponds. Tourist train.
Discover the Camargue in a 4x 4 with a local guide.
The Cevennes Steam Train (From Saint-Jean-du-Gard to Anduze, possible stop at the Bamboo plantation)
La Bambouseraie de Prafrance:
The largest bamboo forest in Europe
Seaquarium (Grau du Roi) or Planet Ocean (Montpellier)
Camarguais Museum - near Arles:
Housed in a former sheepfold, it traces the evolution of human activities in the Rhone delta from the 19th century to the present day.
Fabre Museum - Montpellier:
One of the best museums in France
Yves Brayer Museum - Les Baux de Provence:
Gathers about a hundred oils, watercolours and drawings which give a general overview of the artist's work.
Carré d'Art Museum – Nîmes:
Museum of Contemporary Art offering throughout the year temporary exhibitions and regularly renewed displays of its collections.
Vallées Cévenoles Museum – Saint Jean du Gard:
With its very rich collections, this place is a must to understand the Cévennes, their history, their built landscapes, the culture of the chestnut tree, the work of silk, the habitat...
Etang de Thau Museum – Bouzigues:
To discover the work of the shellfish farmers