Top 10 Things to do in Aigues-Mortes, France

January 5, 2018 Christa Meece

"Aigues-Mortes" translates to "dead waters," but the salt marshes surrounding this medieval city actually have given this town one of its chief industries: sea-salt production. (Bring some home for epicurean friends.) Fortified into a Mediterranean port in the 12th century, Aigues-Mortes’ massive walls survive—walk along them for great views.
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1. Towers and Ramparts of Aigues-Mortes

Place Anatole, 30220, Aigues-Mortes, France +33 4 66 53 61 55
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4.5 based on 2 reviews

Towers and Ramparts of Aigues-Mortes

The fortified city of Aigues-Mortes was built in the 13th century on the order of Saint Louis to provide the kingdom of France with a port on the Mediterranean. The complex consists of 1,634 metres of ramparts flanked by twenty towers and one of the most splendid keeps in the architectural style of the Middle Ages, the tower of Constance, which was used as a prison for Protestants from the Cévennes region from 1685. Open: > 2nd May to 31st August: from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. > 1st September to 30th April: from 10 a.m. to 5.30 p.m. Last admission 1 hour before closing time. Ticket office closed from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. (from 1st September to 30th April). Closed: > 1st January, 1st May, 1st November, 11th November and 25th December. Admission fees: Adults : 7,50 €; Concessions (18 to 25) = 4,50 €; Free admission: minors under 18*; Free admission: 18-25 years old* (citizens of one of the 27 countries of the EU or are non-European permanent residents of France) * excluding school groups

Reviewed By VWriter - Los Gatos, California

This was a highlight of our visit to the Camargue, or more correctly, the Little (Petite) Camargue country. Ancient Aigues-Mortes has walls enclosing the town, complete with ramparts and towers in very good condition, considering their age. We climbed the walls and the tower for excellent views of the town below us and the countryside beyond the town. Great photo opportunities.

2. Mas du Grand Bordes

Chemin de la Viguiere, 30220 Saint-Laurent-d'Aigouze, Aigues-Mortes, France +33 7 83 76 76 63
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4.5 based on 46 reviews

Mas du Grand Bordes

Reviewed By Amoq - London, United Kingdom

This beats some 5 star hotels we have stayed in . Beautifully designed and comfortable bedroom and shower room. Plenty of Seating , nice ambient lighting. Comfortable bed and good linen. Coffee machine. Basic but pleasant breakfast. Surrounded by beautiful countryside and horses. Will definitely stay again.

Avenue du Centurion, 30240 Port Camargue, Le Grau-du-Roi, France
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4.5 based on 243 reviews

Watairworld

Reviewed By Ijslj - Portishead, United Kingdom

The children went on the banana and we were offered to watch from the boat which was nice. It was quite windy so limited in what they could do the day we visited. Staff were very friendly but not sure why I ended up paying 5 euros more than advertised? Also was slightly surprised when they said they were not allowed to make the children fall off the banana.

4. Tour Carbonniere

298 Chemin de Saint Laurent | Commune de Saint Laurent d'Aigouze pas d'Aigues-Mortes, 30220, Aigues-Mortes, France
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4.5 based on 230 reviews

Tour Carbonniere

Reviewed By Anthony S - Brisbane, Australia

Walking towards Aigues-Mortes you come across this ancient tower guarding the bridge through the swamp. There are about sixty stairs to the roof from where you have an excellent view across the swamplands of the Camargue and for that alone it is worth the visit.
There is a free car park close by and a most pleasant curving boardwalk to get to the tower.
Well worth the stop.

5. Vignovins

Route d Aigues Mortes, 30220 Saint-Laurent-d'Aigouze, Aigues-Mortes, France +33 7 68 17 66 56
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Vignovins

VIGNO'VINS "Discovery of vineyards through guided walks in 4x4 " Through the vineyards you will discover landscapes and unsuspected heritage. In the program, visit both areas with tasting of 8 wines minimum , accompanied by a snack of local products (olive oil , honey, goats' cheese , tapenade ... ) .

Reviewed By James H

Informative, fun and very generous with the time and effort put into making the tour that bit different. Enjoyed going off-road - made for a different tour - great fun.Hi James H! Thanks for your feedback! I also spent a great time with you. To the pleasure of seeing again... Benoit.

Avenue du Palais de la Mer, 30240, Le Grau-du-Roi, France +33 4 66 51 57 57
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Seaquarium

Reviewed By Pam L

When you first arrive there are large wooden carvings outside of seals, sharks, sea horses etc the kids can climb all over them (and you if you're game!) it's pretty good!
Once you've bought your tickets you are straight in to the large floor to ceiling tanks in the middle and large window tanks round the outside. There is a great variety of fish including conger and moray eels.
As you walk along there are lots of windows with marine life, brightly coloured fish etc. At the end there is a cinema which I think is air conditioned and shows various educational films.
You then walk through the tunnel seeing the Sharks and sea turtles. Then you get to go across a walk way above the tunnel looking at the Sharks etc from above.
Then on to the seals and sea lions, you see them on the surface and then go down the stairs and watch them swim below the surface, it's quite beautiful.
In this area there is another air conditioned cinema and lots of interactive displays for the kids. The toilets are here too.
Then you walk through a corridor to a giant tank with loads of different sharks and huge fish. There are benches here and you could sit and watch them for ages, it's very therapeutic! You can walk round to the other side of the tank and there are other window tanks along the opposite wall. There is also stairs up to the top of the tank where you can see all the Sharks from above. There is also a petting tank up here, would be great if they could put a bit more in it.
We thoroughly enjoyed our visit here, the prices are pretty reasonable and they offer various family tickets and annual passes.
I would definitely recommend a visit here, if you are there in peak season the parking can be a bit difficult.

7. Eglise Notre-Dame des Sablons

rue Jean-Jaures, 30220, Aigues-Mortes, France
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4.5 based on 281 reviews

Eglise Notre-Dame des Sablons

Reviewed By johnhouston2 - Knaresborough, United Kingdom

Having not read any reviews about this church I was completely taken by surprise to see the ultra-modern stained glass windows set in such ancient walls. I'm sure they are a matter of considerable debate amongst churchgoers and connoisseurs of church architecture; and at first thought it shouldn't really work.
But it is different; and the windows are very attractive; so perhaps it works pretty well after all!

8. Manade de la Vidourlenque

Bosc Et Clau D Asport, 30220 Saint-Laurent-d'Aigouze, Aigues-Mortes, France +33 (0)06 10 47 52 08
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Manade de la Vidourlenque

Reviewed By ricla96 - Piacenza, Italy

Se avete voglia di fare una passeggiata in groppa ad un cavallo Camarguese, questo è il posto giusto...situato a pochi kilometri dalla cittadina di Aigues Mortes, offre la possibilità di passeggiate in gruppo a cavallo, da un'ora all'intera giornata...una cosa diversa dal solito...

9. Salin d'Aigues-Mortes

route du Grau du Roi, 30220, Aigues-Mortes, France +33 4 66 73 40 24
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4 based on 1 reviews

Salin d'Aigues-Mortes

A la decouverte du sel de Camargue

Reviewed By Peter D - Belgium

The touristic train makes a tour of about 1 hour and 15 minutes.The explanation is only in French but even if you don't understand the language, the environment speaks for itself. Huge ecosystem, the size of the city of Paris with 340 km of roads. And the flamingo can be spotted in several places.

10. Indiana River

Les Berges du Vidourle | A côté du Moulin de St Laurent d'Aigouze, 30220 Saint-Laurent-d'Aigouze, Aigues-Mortes, France
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4.5 based on 17 reviews

Indiana River

Reviewed By Lesley P - Staffordshire, United Kingdom

We came across Indiana River on our way Aigues Mortes.
We came to spend the full afternoon there and what a joy.
A very attractive spot just by the road bridge over the river Verdoule between Lunel and Aigues Mortes.
Welcomed from the start and genuine friendliness throughout the day.
Our daughters (17 and 21) went on the aerial adventure course that provided challenge and endurance combined with fun, later finishing with ziplines over the river (concluding in the river unless you could keep your bottom up!). They loved it but declined a repeat of the ziplines (which can be tackled separately if desired) despite repeated offers from Thibaut (Tibo). Later they went on the paddle boards.
So there's an aerial assault course for adults and a junior version, zip lines, paddle boards and kayaks, several access to water points (diving and jumping in), a big net suspended over the river to climb into, a teepee, tight rope walks (land and water), a wood fired BBQ that we were welcomed to use.
The owner Robin was on hand throughout the day.
Full safety equipment and use of was explained well, or demonstrated where needed. Help or rescue (sorry Francesca!) was there at a stroke.
Access from the main road is easy.
Ample parking available.
Inconspicuous but secure safety support for all activities.
There wasn't any feeling of timed activity "and now it's time for the next group". Very easy going and we paid at the end of the day. The kindly people we met there go there regularly, almost a party atmosphere.
Laid back.
Plenty of well shaded picnic tables and chairs.
Cold drinks available all afternoon.
Wood fired BBQ, or use your own equivalent.
Peaceful.
Earth closet with sawdust was an experience.
Fishing spots nearby.
The river wasn't in spate when we went and was fairly clear with little current. This doesn't mean safety was compromised. Supervision of children is still required etc.
Lovely and we are going back.
Thank you to owner Robin, his brother Thibaut, Jeremy and Bruno..+ young Dorian who made friends with us and who made us feel so welcome.

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