13th century remarkable fortified site. The place for an overnight stay for a visit of Camargue.
If your travels bring you to the Languedoc-Roussillon, or if you’re wanting to visit Camargue, do not miss the incredibly charming fortified city of Aigues-Mortes. It’s a great place to stay overnight, or for a couple of nights.
The foundation of the city is attributed to Gaius Marius, around 102 BC, but the first document mentioning a place called “Ayga Mortas” (dead waters) dates from the 10th century AD.
Louis IX of France (Saint Louis) rebuilt the port in the 13th century as France’s only Mediterranean port at that time. It was the embarkation point of the Seventh Crusade (1248) and the Eighth Crusade (1270).
Eight centuries later the city has become a charming little village that has everything you want: incredible medieval architecture, a soul and lots of history, a sense of design, plenty of great little restaurants, bars and shops. Not to mention some really charming hotels where you’ll be pampered.
The Ramparts themselves consist of about a mile-long of ramparts flanked by twenty towers. It’s one of the best preserved such walled city in all of Europe.
TOWER AND RAMPARTS RECEPTION
Subject to modification.
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
Tours et remparts d’Aigues-Mortes
tel.: (33) (0)4 66 53 61 55
fax: (33) (0)4 66 53 79 98