This short boating holiday weekend exploring the Canal du Rhône à Sète allows you to see many of the region’s treasures – from the vibrant walled city of Aigues-Mortes and the ‘manadiers’ (wild horse herders), to the marshes of the Scamandre Nature reserve or the famous Clairette de Bellegarde white wine from Bellegarde.
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
Gallician: vineyards and wine cellars, Scamander Nature Reserve, raised trail for walks across the marshes
Franquevaux: Horse-drawn carriage rides in the heart of Camargue, meet manadiers (wild horse herders) and learn about their work
Saint Gilles: The abbey (a UNESCO site), Museum of the Romanesque House
Bellegarde: makers of Clairette de Bellegarde white wine, Broussan chapel, Oil mill, Roman aqueduct
After cruising as far as Bellegarde 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
The perfect weekend away
The minute we arrived at Aigues-Mortes we felt the happy holiday atmosphere – an excellent welcome from the Nicols team and the view from the port of the magnificent city ramparts. The best was yet to come though as on our weekend boating holiday we got to see herds of wild bulls on the river banks and enjoy dinners under sunset on the deck of our canal boat.
Olivier and Amélie, Ploemeur