One way to circumvent the crowds is to pre-book your ticket, which allows you skip the line, which in the summertime especially can be quite long. Once inside, set out on your own pace to explore the magnificent city. Displays offer information about the history of Aigues-Mortes as both an important strategic port and royal stronghold and how over time, the towers had different uses including prisons for Templars and later Protestants. You may walk the perimeter of the entire city along the ramparts (takes about 45 minutes), and climb the Constance Tower for an especially spectacular view over the pink salt lagoons of the Camargue.
Things to Know Before You Go
- Aigues-Mortes is an ideal spot for history lovers.
- Entry into the walls is about US$12 and free for visitors under the age of 18.
- The most impressive tower, Constance Tower, is accessible via elevator.
- In the city, sample the fougasse, a local savory pastry sweetened with sugar and orange blossom.
- Have a meal at a restaurant away from the main square and more touristic streets.
How to Get There
Aigues-Mortes is in the Camargue region of southern France, about an hour’s drive southwest of Avignon and about 30 minutes southeast of Montpellier. Trains run regularly between Avignon and Aigues-Mortes, with connections in Nîmes.
When to Get There
The monument is open daily, with hours varying slightly according to the season. Make time to be here in the evening when the sun is soft and the walls look the most beautiful. After sunset, they are illuminated.
Lagoons of Salt Walk about 15 minutes to dark pink salt ponds where salt has been processed for centuries. The fleur du sel here is renowned for its superior flavor. There’s a tourist train (operated by Salin d'Aigues-Mortes) that offers tours of the salt marshes where you can learn about the processing and also see flocks of pink flamingos if you are lucky. Don’t forget to bring some salt home.
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