Aigues-Mortes Travel Guide

  • View from the salt plain
    View from the salt plain
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    The roofs & tower
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    Sheep on deck
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Aigues-Mortes Things to Do

  • Take a Walk . . . always take a walk

    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...

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  • Medieval immersion: city tour

    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 availableIn 1240, Saint...

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  • On The Terrace of the Tower of Constance

    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.

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  • Enter the Tower of Constance

    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.

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  • Approach the Intact Ramparts

    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...

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  • Walk along the wall...

    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

    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-MortesIn 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...

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  • One hour inside the city is enough

    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

    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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  • The towers and the ramparts

    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 DecemberFrom September to April: 10.00 am to 5.00 pmThe ticket office is closed from 1.00 pm to 2.00 pm and closes 1 hour before the towers and the rampartsFrom May to August: 10.00 am to 7.00 pmThe ticket office...

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  • Stroll through and a bit around the city

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

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  • Walk along the walls and see the salt...

    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.

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  • Salt fields at Aigues-Mortes

    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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  • Pink flamingos

    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...

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  • Aigues-Mortes houses

    Wonder along the narrow and colorful streets of Aigues-Mortes and enjoy the style and uniqueness of every house.

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Aigues-Mortes Hotels

  • Hotel Canal Aigues Mortes

    440 Route De Nimes, Aigues-Mortes, 30220, fr

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

  • La Villa Mazarin

    35, boulevard Gambetta, Aigues-Mortes, 30220, Fran

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Families

  • Hotel des Croisades

    2 rue du Port, Aigues-Mortes, 30220, France

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

Aigues-Mortes Restaurants

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    by vinc_bilb Written Aug 4, 2008

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    Most of the restaurants are located around Saint Louis square. There are the usual 1st place for tourists. But, just 100m from here, have a look in the adjacent streets where you could have the same quality for a lower price.

    Favorite Dish: Local food

    A lot of restaurants here
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Aigues-Mortes Transportation

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    by vinc_bilb Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Cars are not allowed in the old medieval city.
    Tourism information center map for parking locations is attached (picture)

    Parkings
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Aigues-Mortes Shopping

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    by vinc_bilb Updated Aug 4, 2008

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    Amazing, wonderful, a unexpected choice, for your tasting and your eyes.

    Candy(Candy store), craft(home-made). La "Cure gourmande" (The greedy cure) is a well known cookie factory. Degustation inside the shop is possible and recommended

    What to buy: Candy, sweet, cookies (home made)

    What to pay: This is artisannat, even if the prices are moderated, don't expect to be align on big shop centers like Carrefour. This is not the same segment

    Inside the shop Inside the shop 2 Main entrance
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Aigues-Mortes Favorites

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    by vinc_bilb Updated Aug 4, 2008

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    Favorite thing: Main attraction is the city itself:

    a great medieval city walls, rebuilt by Louis IX of France (Saint Louis) in the 13th century as France's only Mediterranean port at that time.
    It was the embarkation point of the Seventh Crusade (1248) and the Eighth Crusade (1270). The town is actually several miles inland and the port.

    Fondest memory: City is deeply linked with French history and king Saint Louis

    Aigues-Mortes wall
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    • Archeology
    • Castles and Palaces
    • Historical Travel

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