Aigues Mortes, within the ramparts, is a fairly small area. You park right outside the ramparts (free) and walk through one of the large fortress gates. Just follow the street through town. You can take any of the cross streets or stay in the downtown area where there are lots of touristy shops, gelato shops and restaurants.
Be sure to visit the Tower of Constance. There is usually a visiting art exhibit and there are permanent exhibits to view about the tower history. The views are incredible from the top of the tower.
Next walk the ramparts. This is fun because you can see the salt mountains outside the town and you can also look down into the streets of the town and into everyone's back yard. It's a great place for photos of the entire town.
Don't miss the church just off Place St. Louis for it's interesting gypsy exhibit.
Official Aigues-Mortes Tourist Office
This is mini golf on a GRAND scale! there are 3 courses of 18 holes each and each and every hole is different ...the scale of this place is grand and the sheer beauty of the gardens and the scenery is stunning..one of the courses (white) is also suitable for people with disbilities
There is a cafe on site with pancakes and fresh made waffles (the smell will lead you there) and an ice cream bar ..which must be packed on sunny days I imagine..there are toilet facilities and after certain times cocktails are served!!
I will certainly go back to try another course
See more photos on EuroBarneys Aiges-Mortes page later!
As we are divers we love anything to do with under the sea and so a trip to the nearby aquarium was always on the cards..plus a toursity thing like this gives ample opportunity to purchase tat for presents for the kids and the almost obligatory fridge magnet..for people with small children this could be part of a whole day out as it is part of a much larger adventure park
This seaquarium follows the norms for aquarium visits that you follow a specific route around and that you can guarantee that by the time you get to the thing you want to see that 14 small children will be in front of you ans smearing the glass...the route is clearly marked and there are lifts and ramps for pushchairs and wheelchair access
You should allow a fair amount of time to get around..we were there over 2 hours and it was nowhere near busy so I expect at busy times it could take longer..and theres lots to see..plus you might have to wait for the sealion shows to start as well...
The main attraction is the city ittself: Enjoy a medieval immersion and stroll in the old city. Spending one half day here is a good idea, it's pleasant for the eyes, hsitory, monuments and old military architecture.
As this city is well known for tourism, the infrastructure is aligned: restaurants, hotels and shopings are available
In 1240, Saint Louis decided to build a city close to his kingdom in order to have a direct access to the Mediterranean Sea. Seven centuries later, the fortification still dominates the Camargue as one of the most well preserved medieval French building.
On booking, guided visit for disabled person, individual and group all year long.
(“Label Tourisme et handicap”). Audio guide in French, English, German, Italian, and Dutch.
For schoolchildren and only on booking: Discovering route and pedagogic work.
The Tower of Constance is a dense keep (90 feet high and 60 feet wide) consisting of two large rooms, one above the other. Each has a vaulted ceiling and large fireplaces. In the walls are dungeons and stairs. One set of stairs leads higher onto a flat terrace from which a turret projects.
The walls of Aigues-Mortes still encircle the largest part of the city and although the port has sited up long ago, it still has access to the sea. The salt flats still stretch out along the shore are a strong industry and further inland there are large vine yards. We entered the fortress through the Porte de la Gardetee and then climbed onto the inner aspect of the walls.
This may sound strange but Aigues Mortes is sort of like a fortress town which dates back centuries ago. A nice walk along the walls and you will literally be circling the town itself. You get to see nice views of the town along here.
The square Saint Louis, the church Notre Dame des Sablons (XIII century): Saint Louis is everywhere. He was the key fundation of this city.
Louis IX chose Aigues-Mortes
In 1245, Pope Innocent IV called upon the European sovereigns to lead a crusade to take back Jerusalem and the holy land.
King Louis IX responded and took charge of the Seventh Crusade. In the 13th century, the French king had no land on the Mediterranean shore; Provence belonged to the German Empire and Languedoc Roussillon to the kings of Aragon. King Louis decided to build a port at Aigues-Mortes, situated directly on the sea.
Notre Dame des Sablons:
A witness of Saint Louis' embarkation for the Crusades, the church "Notre Dame des Sablons" is the oldest monument of the town. It's dedicated to the Virgin Mary, named Notre Dame des Sablons in reference to sandy marshes around the city. Built in gothic style, it was transformed through the centuries.
Aigues-Mortes is marked by the treasure of its architectural heritage. The ramparts of the XIII century are a real setting for the city, and the church Notre Dame des Sablons is an account of the historic treasure of Saint Louis' city.
The Constance tower, built between 1241 and 1250 during St Louis lifetime was known according to an authenticated deed as the « Tour du Seigneur du Roi »- The king’s Tower.
At the end of the 14th century, its name is «The tower of Constance ».
Seen from afar whether approaching by land of sea, The Constance Tower remains the emblem of the royal past of Aigues-Mortes.
Was build in the 13th century and is still intact!
Open all year round, every day except 1st January, 1st May, 1st and 11th November, 25th December
From September to April: 10.00 am to 5.00 pm
The ticket office is closed from 1.00 pm to 2.00 pm and closes 1 hour before the towers and the ramparts
From May to August: 10.00 am to 7.00 pm
The ticket office closes 1 hour before the towers and the ramparts
Free for children under 18 years, except for school and extracurricular groups
Special arrengements for the mobility-impaired: call for information on (33) 04 66 53 61 55
The best way to discover the town is to take a walk along the walls that surround it.
It takes 2 hours maximum and lets you discover the history of the city and you can overlook it as well.
You can also visit the salines, the salt lakes where the famous seasalt of Aigues Mortes is won.
Please stop around Aigues-Mortes to see the beautiful pink flamingos. You will spot them all over the Camargue. You might not get a very close look at them, but if you have a camera with a great zoom, you might be able to take some beautiful photos. By the way, even though they can be spotted all along the coastline, Camargue is the only place where they nest. Enjoy!
The wall of the city is definitely one of the things to explore in Aigues-Mortes. The wall itself is rectangualr in shape and you can see three different towers in the corners. The most interesting tower by far is the Constance Tower and that's where you will find the entrance if you would like to go up around 50 steps and enjoy the beautiful view of the city.
This picture was taken while I was walking on the wall and you can also see the Constance Tower across the town.
The best views in Aigues-Morte are from terrace of the Tour Constance. From here one can look in every direction with different views in each direction.
After having seen and maybe climbed the walls one can spend a little time to see what is in the city. It is not very much indeed so Aigues Mortes seems to be slightly over-rated.
The city walls are the one and only reason to visit this city and it seems to be an absolute must for every visitor of the Camargue.