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    Take a Walk . . . always take a walk

    by Beausoleil Updated Apr 28, 2013

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    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

    Aigues Mortes Street Scene Tower of Constance Tower of Constance and street scene View from the Ramparts Place St. Louis on a cold November day.
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    Medieval immersion: city tour

    by vinc_bilb Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    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 walls, main entrance The walls The church Saint Louis
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    Enter the Tower of Constance

    by hquittner Updated Mar 17, 2011

    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.

    Inside Of The Lower Chamber Upper Room Vaulting Lower Room
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    Approach the Intact Ramparts

    by hquittner Written Mar 16, 2011

    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.

    Inside the Fortress Outside The Walls And the Tour Constance View From Ramparts Toward Tower And Turret
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    Walk along the wall...

    by kenningst Written Jul 24, 2009

    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.

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    Follow Saint Louis

    by vinc_bilb Updated Aug 4, 2008

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    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.

    Architectural heritage
    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.

    Saint Louis with the sunset Constance tower (photo credit: OT) Constance tower
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    The towers and the ramparts

    by micrologus Updated Sep 22, 2007

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    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

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  • Walk along the walls and see the salt lakes

    by bicky Written Aug 26, 2005

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    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.

    Rooftop view from the walls looking at the salines
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    Pink flamingos

    by Travelchili Written Apr 1, 2003

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    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!

    Pink flamingos
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    Walk on the town wall and enjoy the views

    by Travelchili Written Apr 1, 2003

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    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.

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    On The Terrace of the Tower of Constance

    by hquittner Written Mar 17, 2011

    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.

    The Turret (Once a Light House) And Terrace Part of the View Toward The Sea
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    One hour inside the city is enough

    by Anjutka Written Nov 21, 2007

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    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.

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    The City Walls

    by Anjutka Written Nov 21, 2007

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    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.

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    Stroll through and a bit around the city

    by lotharlerch Written Apr 24, 2007

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    Aigues-Mortes (Dead Waters) was founded in the middle of nowhere, in the swamps of the Camargue, the Rhone estuary.

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    Salt fields at Aigues-Mortes

    by mickebear Updated Feb 17, 2005

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    Just outside the old city walls, you will find salt fields of Aigues-Mortes. Salt is not just any salt, but special 'rose' salt, meaning that the salt forms rose-style figures.

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