15 mn – 15 km
In Arles, Vincent Van Gogh made his most beautiful paintings, inspired by the light of Provence. City of history, feast and culture, its location is exceptional, crossed by the Rhone between the gates of the Camargue, and the Alpilles. It is full of treasures hidden by the richness of its heritage, its remarkable monuments and ruins built in Roman times and now inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List.
Must see :
- The old town with the Roman amphitheater (bullring) and the ancient theater
- Museums: museum departmental ancient Arles, museum Arlaten, museum of the Camargue, Vincent Van Gogh Foundation, Luma Foundation
- Saint-Pierre de Montmajour Abbey founded in 948
- The Daudet Mill Trail, a place that inspired Alphonse Daudet’s “Lettres de mon moulin”
- The Langlois Bridge, a source of inspiration for Van Gogh
- The ride along the Rhone
- The new experimental cultural complex, LUMA Arles, which will open in 2018 with the creation of its spectacular tower. Future center of Art, research and production invested in contemporary art.The latter is the little brother of the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, one of the 60 things to see in the world.
Events not to be missed :
- Easter Feria and Rice Feria in September
- “The Rencontre of Arles”: internationally renowned photo festival
Les Saintes Maries de la Mer
25 mn – 28 km
The capital of Camargue is wonderful with natural beauty, “Les Saintes Maries de la Mer,” which embodies the “Camarguaise” identity. Land of tradition and pilgrimage, where guardians on horseback scan the horizon in the middle of swamps, where gypsy fervor resounds in their guitar notes.
Must See :
- The Church of Our Lady of the Sea erected 15 meters high, it dominates the whole village
- The many sandy beaches, the dunes and the expanses of reeds
- The famous guardian huts with sierra roofs and whitewashed walls
- A ride on horseback, bicycle or on foot, via the sea wall allows access to 20km of trails in the heart of wild fauna and flora of Camargue through the Lighthouse Gacholle / walk around the pond Vaccarès
- Discover the many species of birds and flamingos at the Ornithological Park located at the Pont de Gau
- Visit of Avignon Castle
- Cruise on the Rhone
- Crossing of “The petit Rhone” by the Bac du Sauvage
Aigues-Mortes & Le Grau du Roi
38 min – 38 km
Travel back to medieval times, when you visit Aigues-Mortes and its famous ramparts built in 1248 by Saint Louis. This town offer a breathtaking view of the Camarguais marshes, the “Canal du Rhône” in Sète or the Cévennes.
Must see :
- Visit the heart of Aigues-Mortes Salin aboard the little train or by bike, discover the famous salt of Camargue and its pink waters making the place an inescapable must see
- Discovery of the Ramparts of Aigues-Mortes and the Tower of Constance
- Stroll along the Canal du Rhône at Sète
Only 6 km from Aigues-Mortes come to discover the seaside resort of “Grau du Roi” an ancient fishing village.
- Stroll on the mythical and wild beach of l’Espiguette which extends10 km and visit the lighthouse
- Cruise the “Port Camargue”, one of the largest marinas in Europe
Les Baux de Provence & Saint Remy de Provence
37 min – 36 km
Ranked one of the most beautiful villages in France within the Regional Natural Park of Alpilles, the medieval village of Baux-de-Provence rests atop a surprisingly rocky outcrop and offers a breathtaking view of the Sainte Victoire Cévennes.
Not far away is Saint Remy de Provence, a village with a deep Provençal atmosphere where old fountains, ancient stone formations and beautiful shady terraces will seduce you.
- Be enchanted by the charm of the narrow cobbled streets and the spectacular Château des Baux-de-Provence
- Discover the Alpilles Regional Park and its Museum
- The Careers of Lights (multimedia show in quarries 14 meters high)
- Archaeological site of Glanum
Salin de Giraud & Port Saint Louis du Rhône
40 min – 46 km
The village of Salin-de-Giraud is located southeast of the Camargue delta, on the right bank of the Grand Rhône, while Port Saint Louis is located on the left bank of the Rhone. Former industrial village of small red bricks, first built in the nineteenth century for workers in the salt industry, now turned to tourism and the discovery of salt marsh ecosystems that surrounds it.
Must see :
- Take a sunbath on the beach of Piemanson, 7 km long located Camargue
- Visit the salt works of Giraud, formerly built to house the workers of the salt industry
- Perfect Kitesurfing spot near Beauduc
- Traverse the Rhone by Bac de Barcarin (direct connection between Salins de Giraud and Port Saint Louis)
35 min – 26km
Located between Cévennes and Camargue, Nîmes is a city of Art and History whose identity is based on the perfect conservation of its Roman monuments now on the UNESCO World Heritage List.
- Visit the old town, a historical center bursting with memories of the Middle Ages: the square house, the bullring, Notre Dame Cathedral and St Castor
- Walk in the gardens of the fountain until the Magne TowerDiscover the Museum of Roman antiquity
Uzès & le Pont du Gard
45 min – 50 km
City of Art and History, Uzès is a real green lung in the heart of the Gard Department. Ideally located west of Provence, with Cevennes national park to the Northwest and Camargue to the south, Uzès is encircled by remarkable places to visit.
Must see :
- Visit the famous Pont du Gard, one of the most beautiful Roman constructions in the region (20 km from Uzès)
- Discover the castle Duchy located in the heart of the city of Uzès, private historical monument still inhabited by the Ducale family
- The Haribo candy museum – home of the gummy bear and other treats for your kids
- The Cévennes steam train, a 13 km journey from Anduze to Saint-Jean-Du-Gard which will delight young and old alike (40 km from Uzès)
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