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Boating holiday at Aigues Mortes

Set off on your river cruise in the Camargue from Aigues Mortes, a medieval city founded in the thirteenth century and famous since the first crusades in the time of King Louis IX....

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Medieval fortified town of Aigues Mortes to saline
Relaxing in front of the medieval town of Aigues Mortes
City of Aigues Mortes
The salt marshes of the Midi that have surrounded the city of Aigues Mortes
The salt marshes of the Midi that have surrounded the city of Aigues Mortes
Swimming in the Mediterranean Sea in Camargue
Boating holiday in the canal du Rhône à Sète
The Camargue horse
Life on board while vacationing in the Camargue
Camargue Horse Racing
Arenes de Nîmes in the Gard
Crossing the Thau lagoon barge without license Nicols
Agde night
Tourist train of Aigues Mortes
Cruise prices from480 €

The best bits:

  • Very few locks – perfect for first time boaters!
  • Many beaches within either walking or cycling distance.
  • The medieval city of Aigues Mortes.
  • Excellent wildlife – the famous Camargue horses, pink flamingos, wild bulls.
  • A sailing across the vast Etang de Thau lake.

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We enjoyed a family holiday (2 adults and 2 children) exploring the Camargue and in particular visiting the famous city of Aigues Mortes. Our girls loved the ride on the tourist train to discover the regions salt marshes, followed by an ice cream at the famous parlour within the city! See on the blog

Cruise prices from480 €

Set off on your river cruise in the Camargue from Aigues Mortes, a medieval city founded in the thirteenth century and famous since the first crusades in the time of King Louis IX. The waterways in this region, set between the sea and the Camargue countryside provide many holiday highlights:

  • The salt marshes of the Midi that have surrounded the city of Aigues Mortes since the Middle Ages.
  • Excellent beaches and swimming in the Mediterranean at Grau du Roi, Palavas-les-Flots at the Grande Motte or in Carnon.
  • horseriding in Franquevaux.
  • Fields of wild bulls and horses.
  • Flamingo spotting on the famous Etang de Thau lagoon.
  • Sample tasty fresh seafood and oysters at Bouzigues.
  • Enjoy excellent wines from Languedoc Roussillon: Picpoul, Muscat de Frontignan, and Noilly Prat among the best!
  • Historic treasures such as the Abbey of Maguelone and Saint-Gilles pilgrimage route on The Ways of Saint-Jacques de Compostela.
  • Local folklore including the famous jousting in Sète and Frontignan.
  • A visit to the city of Sète, a maritime town at the opening of the Etang de Thau.
Torn between the Camargue or a boating holiday on the Canal du Midi?
Why not explore both! Hire a Nicols boat for a one-way cruise from Aigues Mortes on the Canal du Rhône à Sète, cruise via the Etang de Thau lagoon and on to our Le Somail base on the Canal du Midi (140 km, 15 locks, one week of sailing).

Our suggestions of cruise on the Canal du Rhône à Sète

Weekend 2 days

Itinerary 1: The guardians' cruise short break

Course: Aigues Mortes - Bellegarde - Aigues Mortes (72 km - 0 lock- 12h)

  • Aigues Mortes : Museum of history and archaeology, church of Notre-Dame, tower of Constance - Access to the Grau du Roi (4 km) - beach – seaquarium – maritime museum
  • Gallician : Cooperative cellar, guided visit to the Scamandre (discovery of the local flora and fauna and learn about Camargue traditions)
  • Franquevaux: Horse-drawn carriage rides in the heart of camargue
  • Saint Gilles: Abbey (11th and 12th centuries), romanesque houses museum
  • Bellegarde : Broussan chapel, oil mill, roman aqueduct
  • Back to Aigues Mortes

Itinerary 2: Petite Camargue short break

Course: Aigues Mortes - Palavas - Aigues Mortes (53 km - 0 lock- 7h30)

  • Aigues Mortes : Museum of history and archaeology, church of Notre-Dame, tower of Constance - The Grau du Roi (4 km) - beach – seaquarium, visit of the town in tourist train ; Visit of rice field
  • Grau du Roi (access by bicycle via D979 - 4 km) : Beaches, Seaquarium, Maritime Museum, Palais de la Mer leisure centre, Les Salins du Midi salt pans
  • Carnon : Bus to go to the beach
  • Palavas les Flots : Albert dubout humoristic museum, steam train museum, festivals in the summer, casino, boat-jousting
  • Back to Aigues Mortes

Mini week

Itinerary 1: Local tastes getaway

Course: Aigues Mortes - Sète - Aigues Mortes (92 km - 0 lock- 14h)

  • Aigues Mortes: Museum of history and archaeology, church of Notre-Dame, tower of Constance - The Grau du Roi (4 km) - beach – seaquarium, visit of the town in tourist train ; Visit of rice field
  • Grau du Roi: Beaches, Seaquarium, Maritime Museum, Palais de la Mer leisure centre, Les Salins du Midi salt pans
  • Carnon: Bus to go to the beach
  • Palavas les Flots: Albert Dubout humoristic museum, steam train museum, festivals in the summer, casino, boat-jousting
  • Villeneuve les Maguelone:Touristic train, abbey of  Maguelone, romanesque cathedral, old streets ; access to the Pilou beach (9 km length)
  • Frontignan: St Paul fortified church, museum of local history. Several cellars of the famous local sweet wine “Muscat de Frontignan”
  • Sète: Richelieu citadel, visit of fish auction, international museum of modests arts, g. Brassens space, audio-guided tours in the city
  • Return to Aigues Mortes

One week

Itinerary 1: Relax and swim

Course: Aigues Mortes - Thau - Agde - Vias - Aigues Mortes (156 km - 4 locks- 25h30)

  • Aigues Mortes: Museum of history and archaeology, church of Notre-Dame, tower of Constance - The Grau du Roi (4 km) - beach – seaquarium, visit of the town in tourist train ; Visit of rice field
  • Grau du Roi: Beaches, Seaquarium, Maritime Museum, Palais de la Mer leisure centre, Les Salins du Midi salt pans
  • Carnon: Bus to go to the beach
  • Palavas les Flots: Albert Dubout humoristic museum, steam train museum, festivals in the summer, casino, boat-jousting
  • Villeneuve les Maguelone:Touristic train, abbey of  Maguelone, romanesque cathedral, old streets ; access to the Pilou beach (9 km length)
  • Frontignan: St Paul fortified church, museum of local history. Several cellars of the famous local sweet wine “Muscat de Frontignan”
  • Sète: Richelieu citadel, visit of fish auction, international museum of modests arts, g. Brassens space, audio-guided tours in the city
  • Bouzigues: Oyster and mussel production site, museum of the fire brigade
  • Mèze: Penitents chapel, château de Girard, visit of oyster bed by boat
  • Marseillan:  Guides tours in  chais  de Noilly Prat (spiced wine)
  • Agde: Round lock in Agde,  St Pierre cathedral (12th century) – Agde museum – access beaches (4 km)
  • Vias : Wine tasting; 2 mini golf; Vias beach at 1 km; Europark indoor (3000m2, the biggest indoor park in France) 
  • Return to Aigues Mortes
  • Itinerary 2: "under the southern sun"

    Course: One way Aigues Mortes - Thau - Somail (138 km - 14 locks- 25h)

    • Aigues Mortes: Museum of history and archaeology, church of Notre-Dame, tower of Constance - The Grau du Roi (4 km) - beach – seaquarium, visit of the town in tourist train ; Visit of rice field
    • Grau du Roi: Beaches, Seaquarium, Maritime Museum, Palais de la Mer leisure centre, Les Salins du Midi salt pans
    • Carnon: Bus to go to the beach
    • Palavas les Flots: Albert Dubout humoristic museum, steam train museum, festivals in the summer, casino, boat-jousting
    • Villeneuve les Maguelone:Touristic train, abbey of  Maguelone, romanesque cathedral, old streets ; access to the Pilou beach (9 km length)
    • Frontignan: St Paul fortified church, museum of local history. Several cellars of the famous local sweet wine “Muscat de Frontignan”
    • Sète: Richelieu citadel, visit of fish auction, international museum of modests arts, g. Brassens space, audio-guided tours in the city
    • Bouzigues: Oyster and mussel production site, museum of the fire brigade
    • Mèze: Penitents chapel, château de Girard, visit of oyster bed by boat
    • Marseillan:  Guides tours in  chais  de Noilly Prat (spiced wine)
    • Agde: Round lock in Agde,  St Pierre cathedral (12th century) – Agde museum – access beaches (4 km)
    • Vias: Wine tasting; 2 mini golf; Vias beach at 1 km; Europark indoor (3000m2, the biggest indoor park in France) 
    • Port Cassafières: Ranch and horses ; Access to Portiragnes  beaches  at  4 km
    • Portiragnes: Adventure outdoor park; Access to Portiragnes-beaches at 4 km
    • Béziers: Beziers canal bridge, arts museum and Biterrois
    • Fonserannes: “Staircase of 7 locks”, unique site in France. In season : small tourist train to Beziers
    • Colombiers:  Old wine cellar. Domitian way
    • Malpas: Tunnel of Malpas, Malpas’s house (local products), pond of Montady, “oppidum d’Ensérunnes”: one of the largest archaeological sites in France ; remains of Greek, Roman and Celtic civilization
    • Argeliers: Castle of the 12th century classified as “historic monument”
    • Le Somail : Ice house (1684), Museum of the Hat, Library of old books

    *Cruise suggestions: non-contractual information
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