If you’ve a few days to get away then we recommend this short break boating holiday from our base at Bellegarde. Your canal boat will take you between marshes and large open lakes, all the time being close to the sunny beaches of the Mediterranean. This route on the Canal du Rhône à Sète is ideal for beginners - there are no locks and no previous boating experience or licence is required to hire a Nicols canal boat.
From the Nicols base at Bellegarde you can travel by canal boat the entire length of the Canal du Rhône à Sète, meandering through the heart of the beautiful Camargue and alongside the sun-drenched beaches of the Mediterranean.
Bellegarde: makers of Clairette de Bellegarde white wine, Broussan chapel, Oil mill, Roman aqueduct
Saint Gilles: The abbey (a UNESCO site), Museum of the Romanesque House
Franquevaux: Horse-drawn carriage rides in the heart of Camargue, meet manadiers (wild horse herders) and learn about their work
Gallician: vineyards and wine cellars, Scamander Nature Reserve, raised trail for walks across the marshes
Aigues-Mortes: walk around the 13th century ramparts and five towers, Museum of history and archaeology, Church of Notre-Dame
Palavas les Flots: Albert Dubout comedy museum, steam train museum, Festivals in the summer, famous Languedoc games such as boat-jousting, casino
After cruising as far as Palavas-les-Flots on the Canal du Rhône à Sète it is time to think about the return leg of your journey. Look out again for the favourite places you found so far, or maybe stop off at some new ones as you cruise back to the starting base at Bellegarde.
Holiday reviews from Bellegarde
A fantastic family break
Our boating holiday from Bellegarde was great as it combined quality family time together on the calm waters of the Canal du Rhône à Sète with the fun of a beach holiday and swimming in the Mediterranean sea at Palavas-les-Flots. We loved it, the kids loved it!
Thalia and Paul, Sevran