On this week-long boating holiday in the Camargue you really can enjoy the Mediterranean way of living! Try local specialities such as ‘tielles de Sète’ (a spicy octopus pie), ‘Vin de Sable’ (sand-grown wines made from Grenache grapes), Camargue style rice and ‘fougasses d’Aigues-Mortes’ (a brioche type cake). Also, fans of oysters should visit Bouzigues to try them directly from the oyster farms – you can’t get fresher than that! It’s not just about fine gastronomy though as you navigate your canal boat on the Etang de Thau lake in the heart of a nature reserve and are just a stone’s throw from the great coastal beaches of the Mediterranean.
Ideally located at the meeting point of the Canal du Rhône à Sète and the waterways to Grau-du-Roi, our Nicols base in Aigues-Mortes sits in the shade of the 13th century ramparts that surround this magnificent fortified city.
Aigues-Mortes: walk around the 13th century ramparts and five towers, Museum of history and archaeology, Church of Notre-Dame
Grau du Roi: beaches, Seaquarium, Maritime Museum, Palais de la Mer leisure centre, Les Salins du Midi salt pans
Carnon-Plage: sand dunes beach
Palavas les Flots: Albert Dubout comedy museum, steam train museum, Festivals in the summer, famous Languedoc games such as boat-jousting, casino
Villeneuve-les-Maguelone: 9km of beaches, scenic tourist train route, Abbey of Maguelonne, Roman cathedral, Old streets
Frontignan: walks through the surrounding vineyards, 7km of beaches, St Paul fortified church, Museum of local history
Sète: Richelieu citadel, International Museum of Modest Arts, Espace Georges-Brassens, Audio-guided tours in the city, famous Languedoc games such as boat-jousting
Bouzigues: capital of oyster and mussel production, museum about shellfish of the region, boat trips to the oyster beds
Mèze: Penitents chapel, Château de Girard, Visit of oyster bed by boat, beaches, le Dinosaures Parc museum
Marseillan: Guided tours of the wine cellars including the famous Noilly Prat (vermouth), shuttlebus to the beach
Agde: a unique round lock, Agde museum, Cap d’Agde beaches (4km away)
Vias: Wine tasting, church of St. John the Baptist, Vias beach (1km away), Europark (the biggest indoor fairground in France)
After cruising as far as Vias 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 Aigues-Mortes.
Holiday reviews from Aigues Mortes
An unforgettable holiday in the Camargue
We enjoyed being able to stop wherever we wanted, meet small local producers, find restaurants at the waters edge, marvel at the wild herds of horses and take a dip either at the beach or in the Etang de Thau. So many great memories were made.
Aline and Sylvain, Salers