It was in the 12th century King Louis IX ordered the construction of a deep-water port to be constructed closer to the coast. The resulting privileges granted by the King encouraged people to settle and inhabit these ungrateful and inhospitable lands. This old fortified city is connected by a canal to the Mediterranean and it was Saint-Louis who was the first take advantage from having a port in the south of the country. It is from here that he set sail for the Crusades of 1248 and 1270. Over time access to the sea from Aigues-Mortes silted up and as it could no longer be used as a stepping stone to the Mediterranean the fortified town became a prison.
Aigues-Mortes is today a fascinating place with its pedestrian streets, charming chapels and many animations, well worth a visit to soak up the history and rich atmosphere! You will be able to appreciate the striking spectacle of Camargue and the salt tables whose colours fascinatingly alternate from blue to purple!
Cité at the heart of traditions: horses, bulls, pink flamingos and idleness! Come and stroll on the medieval fortifications in the heart of the Camargue.
Not to be missed: visit of the ramparts of Aigues-Mortes, Les Salins du Midi, Cruise in the Camargue with the Pescalune, the Carbonnière Tower.