About Camargue

Relax amidst the natural splendor of sun-bathed Camargue

Broad saltwater lagoons, golden beaches, expanses of tawny reeds teeming with pink flamingos — Camargue, France, basks in sunshine most of the time. Romans plied these waters, and Crusaders followed. You can imagine the past as you approach fortress seaport cities like Aigues-Mortes, but beach resorts with zingy nightlife bring you frolicking back to the modern age!

 

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The perfect boating region for...

Camargue region map

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The perfect boating region for...

Swimming

Child playing in surf

The Camargue is known for its gorgeous beaches. They stretch out for miles along the Etang du Thau at Méze, a wonderful spot for lagoon swimming. Two Port Cassafières ocean favourites are La Redoute Plage and La Farinette Plage.

Family

Child at aquarium

The Camargue is a great family friendly destination. Beach resorts at Palavas-les-Flots and la Grande-Motte offer watersports and amusements. Play mini golf, go to a water park, see an aquarium and check out a dinosaur park at Le Cap d'Adge!

Wildlife

Wildhorse and pink flamingos at sunset

Bring binoculars whilst cruising in the Camargue! More than 400 species of birds live in the marshes, including pink flamingos. Wild horses and bulls graze amidst lush grasslands.

Horseback Riding

Horse riding along the beach

The Camargue is known for its wild white horses. You'll see herds as you travel. Ride the dunes and trails! The La Grande-Mott Riding School offers horse rides for kids age four and up! You can also ride at the resort of Le Cap d'Adge!

2020 season for this region
The 2020 season ends on October 31, 2020. More detail and restrictions

2021 season for this region
Starts on March 26 and ends on October 31, 2021.

2022 season for this region
Starts on March 28 and ends on October 31, 2022.

  

Useful information

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Check out our region guideWe've produced a handy PDF guide for this region to give you an overview of all the stops and things to do along the waterway.

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The Canal du Midi leaves off at Étang du Thau, France’s second largest lake, and sets your path on the Canal du Rhône à Sète extending 98 kilometers (61 miles) all the way to beautiful Beaucaire. A look at a Camargue map reveals that you’ve entered a natural wonderland filled with undeveloped lakes and fronted with beaches right on the Mediterranean Sea. The country is low and flat, and the salt air invigorates as you travel to medieval fishing villages and cities. Loosely translated, the name of the canal means “canal from Rhône to Sète,” indicating its route from the Rhône River near Beaucaire south into the wetlands that make Camargue, France, such a special place. Here you’ll find real-life guardian cowboys, bull fighting, Romany gypsy festivals, luscious fresh oysters and superb Costières de Nïmes wines found in the cellars of Gallician.

It is said that the ancients built settlements in the Camargue and traded goods with their brethren in the Rhône Valley. Sète thrived in part because of the age-old Canal de la Radelle running to Aigues-Mortes. Eventually, lakes north of Sète silted in and the appropriately named Lakes Canal was dug. Born of more than 150 years of effort, the Canal du Rhône à Sète finally linked three canals together to create a single artery in 1811.

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The Camargue is easy to navigate and great for beginners due to the low number of locks.

 

Notes : Use caution on Étang du Thau in strong winds.

Take a look at our waterway and lock closures page to find out if there are any scheduled cruising restrictions that will affect your vacation plans.

The Camargue region has no locks except for one near Beaucaire, so it is perfect for anyone new to cruising or looking for an easy cruising experience. The locks on the Canal du Midi, and the few locks in the Camargue, are electric and operated by a lock keeper who will of course help you if you need direction.

 

Lock opening times:

CANAL DU MIDI

9am - 12:30pm & 1:30pm - 6pm

Closed on 1st May

 

CANAL DU RHÔNE À SÈTE  (NOURRIGUIER LOCK, near Beaucaire)

7am - 7pm

Canal du Rhône à Sète locks close on public holidays (Easter Sunday, 1st May, 14th July)

 

CANAL DU RHÔNE À SÈTE (FRONTIGNAN LIFT BRIDGE)

March: 4pm only

April - Ocober: 8:30am & 4pm only

 

LEZ (LA TROISIÈME LOCK)

8:15am - 11:45am & 2:15p, - 4:45 (march) 5:45pm (April & September) 5:15pm (October) 6:45 (May to August)

You will only be allowed through if you overnight in Lattes (Port Ariane)

 

Between St. Gilles and Aigues-Mortes (good for bird watching) and between Palavas-les-Flots and Frontignan you can generally find mooring spaces along the towpath using your onboard mooring pins, although please refer to your waterways map for exact locations. Otherwise, you are advised to moor in ports or private marinas in the Camargue region, where a fee of between €10-€55 will usually apply. Most will have water refill points and electric hook-up facilities (not available on all boats).

To find out how to get to each of our bases in this boating region, as well as what facilities and amenities are available at each base or nearby, click on the relevant base below:

  • Rental of the boat and its onboard equipment
  • A fully equipped kitchen
  • Towels and linen for all passengers
  • A boat handling demonstration prior to departure
  • Technical support
  • On-board maps and visitor information
  • Passage through locks
  • Optional vacation extras
  • Boat damage waiver
  • Running costs (diesel, gas, engine wear and tear) - charged by the engine hour (by the litre in Scotland).
  • Travel to and from the base(s)
  • Waterside services if you use them (i.e. moorings where a charge is applicable, pump-out if needed, water, etc)
  • Cancellation plan & any travel/personal insurance
  • Food and drink

 Interactive map of the Camargue

Le Boat base  = Le Boat base  Point of interest  = Point of interest

Great to see...

Beaucaire is a pretty town, as traditional as it is modern. Appreciate a walk among gardens and historic sites or dine in one of the splendid old restaurants. You can also visit the Abbey of Saint-Roman.

Bellegarde is known for its Priory Saint-Vincent-De-Broussan, built in the eleventh century. It's also home to an impressive roman aqueduct of the first century. Head to the centre to find good restaurants and peaceful places to relax and enjoy the this leafy town .
The city owes its name to the famous Father Gilles Hermit. It was one of the most important places for Christian pilgrimage in the twelfth century. Visit Saint-gilles and its exceptional heritage, like the abbey of the twelfth century, the old crypt, and the romanesque museum.
Gallician is a quiet and peaceful rural village. Take the opportunity to walk the winding streets, and visit the little 18th century church. On the outskirts of the village lies the real treasure of Gallician: vast vineyards that are a must see!

What a pretty place to stop! In Le Grau-du-Roi, you will enjoy viewing the harbour and the old lighthouse. There are long and beautiful shores for you to walk along and downtown, you will discover interesting buildings, like the Villa Paris, or the old house from the 19th century. To get to Le Grau-du-Roi, moor at Aigues-Mortes and cycle (approx. 25 minutes).

Must see
Aigues Mortes in the Carmargue

Welcome to Aigues-Mortes, a fortified town that once specialised in salt production. Don’t miss the large “Tour de Constance” (Tower of Constance), which is situated in a corner of the fortifications, alongside of the mooring. The tower was previously named “big large tower” & was used as a prison for Protestants.

La Grande-Motte is a bustling seaside resort, home to some ususal architecture. It has buildings designed by the architect Jean Balladur to look like the precolumbian pyramids known as the Ziggourats. If you are a gamer, you can try your luck at the Casino; or maybe you will prefer a relaxing round of golf on the local golf course.
Carnon is a seaside resort. The harbour is a beautiful and quiet place to have a drink, or a meal in one of the numerous restaurants, followed by a gentle stroll along the coast.
Must see
Canal Palavas Les Flots

Once simply a fishing village, today Palavas-les-Flots is a thriving seaside city with a long and peaceful beach. Downtown, you will find a dynamic city with sights to explore, like the Jeanne d'Arc foutain. And if you have time at night, the casino will probably be open!

Before arriving in Palavas-les-Flots, on a small island in the middle of the lagoon you’ll find the Maguelone Cathedral. Stop by to discover this jewel of Romanesque art, built in the 11th century. This fortress was home for nearly ten centuries to the Montpellier diocese and successive popes often came to meditate in this peaceful haven.

Frontignan is a beautiful town, home to the pretty romanesque church of Saint-Paul. Enjoy a walk here, and don't forget to taste the delightful muscat.

Often called the Mediterranean Venice due to its numerous canals along the city, Sète is a wonderful and shining town that you will love exploring. Take a walk along the charming Promenade de la corniche, and discover the numerous monuments and churches downtown.

Bouzigues is a charming little seaside town with a number of things to see. Spend time walking along the shore, guided by the fresh ocean wind, or maybe along the docks during sunset... the scenery here is just wonderful.

Like many seaside cities in the area, Mèze was historically a trade centre. In this wonderful town, you will have the chance to discover the old village with its winding streets, and also the Chapelle des pénitents. Take in the beautiful scenery with a walk along the shore.

Welcome to Marseillan, a welcoming and shining town famous for its vineyards and its know-how in shellfish farming. You will enjoy walking downtown and immersing yourself in local history. The shore is also beautiful to walk along, especially during sunset.

Once a Greek city, a medieval fortress and a rich village during the Renaissance, Agde was largely built using black volcanic rocks. The old town has a lovely little centre with cobbled streets full of pleasant shops, restaurants and buildings with medieval architectural details. It also has a pretty church and a local museum.

Port Cassafières is a small marina where Le Boat has a base with fresh water and electricity points.

Must see
Béziers

Béziers is the capital of Languedoc’s wine industry and birthplace of Pierre-Paul Riquet, who was responsible for building the Canal du Midi. Like all cities with a long history, Béziers is best discovered by ambling through its medieval streets, its bright squares and its leafy parks.

Itinerary suggestions

To help you get an idea of how far you can travel in the time you have, here's a selection of routes to and from our bases in this region. You dont have to stop at all the places listed or follow the route exactly. So long as you return your boat to your end base by the date you've booked - you're free to enjoy your cruise however you like. For a comfortable pace, allowing you time to regularly stop and explore, we'd recommend an average of 2 - 4 hours cruising each day.

 = Click the arrow icon on each route suggestion, to flip the 'card' and reveal more details.

Flamingos strutting their stuff in the Camargue

The Etang de Thau Short Break

Port Cassafières
Agde
Marseillan
Port Cassafières

7 hr(s) of cruising

38km 4 locks 3 nights

The Etang de Thau Short Break

Port Cassafières RETURN via Marseillan

Port Cassafières RETURN via Marseillan

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Overview

Boating vacations in the South of France usher you into the arms of the Camargue, an absolutely fabulous region known for its sunny days, wild horses and pink flamingos, and miles of white-sand beaches along a vast saltwater lagoon. The charming city of Agde tempts you to linger! Then it’s off to see the famous Noilly Prat vermouth cellars in the fishing village of Marseillan!

Top highlights:

  • Walking Agde's cobbled streets 
  • Eating shellfish in Marseillan 

Example itinerary:

The following is only an example, you can explore this area in whichever order you want, so long as your boat is back at the end base at the end of your vacation

  • Port Cassafières: Port Cassafières is a small marina where Le Boat has a base with fresh water and electricity points.
  • Agde: Once a Greek city, a medieval fortress and a rich village during the Renaissance, Agde was largely built using black volcanic rocks. The old town has a lovely little centre with cobbled streets full of pleasant shops, restaurants and buildings with medieval architectural details and also has a pretty church and a local museum.
  • Marseillan: Welcome to Marseillan, a welcoming and shining town famous for its vineyards and its know-how in shellfish farming. You will enjoy walking downtown and immersing yourself in local history. The shore is also beautiful to walk along, especially during sunset.

7 hr(s) of cruising

38km 4 locks 3 nights
The beautiful canals of Sète

The Crusader Cruise

Port Cassafières
Agde
Marseillan
Mèze
Bouzigues
Sète
Frontignan
Palavas-les-Flots
Carnon
La Grande Motte
Le Grau du Roi
Aigues-Mortes
Port Cassafières

28 hr(s) of cruising

168km 4 locks 7 nights

The Crusader Cruise

Port Cassafières RETURN via Aigues-Mortes

Port Cassafières RETURN via Aigues-Mortes

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Overview

The boat moves slowly across stunning (lake) Étang de Thau, and the sheer serene beauty of your canal vacation in France practically overwhelms you. Birds ride the Mediterranean breeze, and the tang of the sea blends with the fragrance of flowers as the miles bring you closer to beach resorts and medieval Aigues-Mortes.

Top highlights:

  • Walking Agde's cobbled streets 
  • Eating shellfish in Marseillan 
  • Views from Mont Saint-Clair hilltop in Sète
  • The pyramid-like architecture of La-Grande-Motte
  • The towers and walls of Aigues-Mortes

Example itinerary:

The following is only an example, you can explore this area in whichever order you want, so long as your boat is back at the end base at the end of your vacation

  • Port Cassafières: Port Cassafières is a small marina where Le Boat has a base with fresh water and electricity points.
  • Agde: Once a Greek city, a medieval fortress and a rich village during the Renaissance, Agde was largely built using black volcanic rocks. The old town has a lovely little centre with cobbled streets full of pleasant shops, restaurants and buildings with medieval architectural details and also has a pretty church and a local museum.
  • Marseillan: Welcome to Marseillan, a welcoming and shining town famous for its vineyards and its know-how in shellfish farming. You will enjoy walking downtown and immersing yourself in local history. The shore is also beautiful to walk along, especially during sunset.
  • Mèze: Like many seaside cities in the area, Mèze was historically a trade centre. In this wonderful town, you will have the chance to discover the old village with its winding streets, and also the Chapelle des pénitents. Take in the beautiful scenery with a walk along the shore.
  • Bouzigues: Bouzigues is a charming little seaside town with a number of things to see. Spend time walking along the shore, guided by the fresh ocean wind, or maybe along the docks during sunset... The scenery here is just wonderful.
  • Sète: Often called the Mediterranean Venice due to its numerous canals along the city, Sète is a wonderful and shining town that you will love exploring. Take a walk along the charming Promenade de la corniche, and discover the numerous monuments and churches downtown.
  • Frontignan: Frontignan is a beautiful town, home to the pretty romanesque church of Saint-Paul. Enjoy a walk here, and don't forget to taste the delightful muscat.
  • Villeneuve-lès-Maguelone: Before arriving in Palavas-les-Flots, on a small island in the middle of the lagoon you’ll find the Maguelone Cathedral. Stop by to discover this jewel of Romanesque art, built in the 11th century. This fortress was home for nearly ten centuries to the Montpellier diocese and successive popes often came to meditate in this peaceful haven.
  • Palavas-les-flots: Once simply a fishing village, today Palavas-les-flots is a thriving seaside city with a long and peaceful beach. Downtown, you will find a dynamic city with sights to explore, like the Jeanne d'Arc foutain. And if you have time at night, the casino will probably be open!
  • Carnon: Carnon is a seaside resort. The harbour is a beautiful and quiet place to have a drink, or a meal in one of the numerous restaurants, followed by a gentle stroll along the coast.
  • La Grande-Motte: La Grande-Motte is a bustling seaside resort, home to some unusual architecture. It has buildings designed by the architect Jean Balladur to look like the precolumbian pyramids known as the Ziggourats. You can try your luck at the Casino; or maybe you will prefer a relaxing round of golf on the local golf course.
  • Le Grau-du-Roi: What a pretty place to stop! In Le Grau-du-Roi, you will enjoy viewing the harbour and the old lighthouse. There are long and beautiful shores for you to walk along and downtown, you will discover interesting buildings, like the Villa Paris, or the old house from the 19th century.
  • Aigues-Mortes: Welcome to Aigues-Mortes, a fortified town that once specialised in salt production. Don’t miss the large “Tour de Constance” (Tower of Constance), which is situated in a corner of the fortifications. The tower was previously named “big large tower” & was used as a prison for Protestants.

28 hr(s) of cruising

168km 4 locks 7 nights
Children playing in the sea

The Flamingo Cruise

St. Gilles
Gallician
Aigues-Mortes
Le Grau du Roi
La Grande Motte
Carnon
Palavas-les-Flots
Villeneuve-lès-Maguelone
Frontignan
Sète
Bouzigues
Mèze
Marseillan
Agde
Port Cassafières

17 hr(s) of cruising

98km 2 locks 7 nights

The Flamingo Cruise

Saint-Gilles to Port Cassafières ONEWAY

Saint-Gilles to Port Cassafières

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Overview

Clouds of pink flamingos swirl across brilliant blue skies, creating a sight you’ll long remember on the beautiful Canal du Rhône à Sète. You gaze at the beauty around you, and you look forward to a delicious seafood dinner in La Grande-Motte. Along the way, you go swimming, windsurfing, kayaking, scuba diving, and horseback riding, enjoying a blissful canal vacation in France.

Top highlights:

  • Historic Saint-Gilles and learning of its part in Christian pilgrimages of the twelfth century
  • The towers and walls of Aigues-Mortes
  • Views of the harbour and lighthouse in Le Grau-du-Roi
  • The pyramid-like architecture of La Grande-Motte
  • Eating shellfish in Marseillan

Example itinerary:

The following is only an example, you can explore this area in whichever order you want, so long as your boat is back at the end base at the end of your vacation

  • Saint-Gilles: The city owes its name to the famous Father Gilles Hermit. It was one of the most important places for Christian pilgrimage in the twelfth century. Visit Saint-Gilles and its exceptional heritage, like the abbey of the twelfth century, the old crypt, and the romanesque museum.
  • Gallician: Gallician is a quiet and peaceful rural village. Take the opportunity to walk the winding streets, and visit the little 18th century church. On the outskirts of the village lies the real treasure of Gallician: vast vineyards that are a must see!
  • Aigues Mortes: Welcome to Aigues-Mortes, a fortified town that once specialised in salt production. Don’t miss the large “Tour de Constance” (Tower of Constance), which is situated in a corner of the fortifications. The tower was previously named “big large tower” & was used as a prison for Protestants.
  • Le Grau-du-Roi: What a pretty place to stop! In Le Grau-du-Roi, you will enjoy viewing the harbour and the old lighthouse. There are long and beautiful shores for you to walk along and downtown, you will discover interesting buildings, like the Villa Paris, or the old house from the 19th century.
  • La Grande-Motte: La Grande-Motte is a bustling seaside resort, home to some unusual architecture. It has buildings designed by the architect Jean Balladur to look like the precolumbian pyramids known as the Ziggourats. You can try your luck at the Casino; or maybe you will prefer a relaxing round of golf on the local golf course.
  • Carnon: Carnon is a seaside resort. The harbour is a beautiful and quiet place to have a drink, or a meal in one of the numerous restaurants, followed by a gentle stroll along the coast.
  • Palavas-les-flots: Once simply a fishing village, today Palavas-les-flots is a thriving seaside city with a long and peaceful beach. Downtown, you will find a dynamic city with sights to explore, like the Jeanne d'Arc foutain. And if you have time at night, the casino will probably be open!
  • Villeneuve-lès-Maguelone: Before arriving in Palavas-les-Flots, on a small island in the middle of the lagoon you’ll find the Maguelone Cathedral. Stop by to discover this jewel of Romanesque art, built in the 11th century. This fortress was home for nearly ten centuries to the Montpellier diocese and successive popes often came to meditate in this peaceful haven.
  • Frontignan: Frontignan is a beautiful town, home to the pretty romanesque church of Saint-Paul. Enjoy a walk here, and don't forget to taste the delightful muscat.
  • Sète: Often called the Mediterranean Venice due to its numerous canals along the city, Sète is a wonderful and shining town that you will love exploring. Take a walk along the charming Promenade de la corniche, and discover the numerous monuments and churches downtown.
  • Bouzigues: Bouzigues is a charming little seaside town with a number of things to see. Spend time walking along the shore, guided by the fresh ocean wind, or maybe along the docks during sunset... The scenery here is just wonderful.
  • Mèze: Like many seaside cities in the area, Mèze was historically a trade centre. In this wonderful town, you will have the chance to discover the old village with its winding streets, and also the Chapelle des pénitents. Take in the beautiful scenery with a walk along the shore.
  • Marseillan: Welcome to Marseillan, a welcoming and shining town famous for its vineyards and its know-how in shellfish farming. You will enjoy walking downtown and immersing yourself in local history. The shore is also beautiful to walk along, especially during sunset.
  • Agde: Once a Greek city, a medieval fortress and a rich village during the Renaissance, Agde was largely built using black volcanic rocks. The old town has a lovely little centre with cobbled streets full of pleasant shops, restaurants and buildings with medieval architectural details. It also has a pretty church and a local museum.

17 hr(s) of cruising

98km 2 locks 7 nights
Moor up under the historic “Tour de Constance"

The Camargue Short Break

St. Gilles
Gallician
Aigues-Mortes
St. Gilles

13 hr(s) of cruising

100km 0 locks 3 nights

The Camargue Short Break

Saint-Gilles RETURN via Aigues-Mortes & Palavas

Saint-Gilles RETURN via Aigues-Mortes & Palavas

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Overview

Ease the boat into the canal and relax as you let the charm of a Camargue boating vacation recharge and rejuvenate you. Sip a cool cocktail at the resort beach of Palavas-les-Flots, and plunge into the Mediterranean for a refreshing swim. Feel invigorated as you climb the ramparts of the medieval city of Aigues-Mortes to check out splendid views!

Top highlights:

  • The towers and walls of Aigues-Mortes
  • Historic Saint-Gilles and learning of its part in Christian pilgrimages of the twelfth century 
  • Casino nights in Palavas-les-flots 

Example itinerary:

The following is only an example, you can explore this area in whichever order you want, so long as your boat is back at the end base at the end of your vacation

  • Saint-Gilles: The city owes its name to the famous Father Gilles Hermit. It was one of the most important places for Christian pilgrimage in the twelfth century. Visit Saint-Gilles and its exceptional heritage, like the abbey of the twelfth century, the old crypt, and the romanesque museum.
  • Gallician: Gallician is a quiet and peaceful rural village. Take the opportunity to walk the winding streets, and visit the little 18th century church. On the outskirts of the village lies the real treasure of Gallician: vast vineyards that are a must see!
  • Palavas-les-flots: Once simply a fishing village, today Palavas-les-flots is a thriving seaside city with a long and peaceful beach. Downtown, you will find a dynamic city with sights to explore, like the Jeanne d'Arc foutain and if you have time at night, the casino will probably be open!
  • Aigues Mortes: Welcome to Aigues-Mortes, a fortified town that once specialised in salt production. Don’t miss the large “Tour de Constance” (Tower of Constance), which is situated in a corner of the fortifications. The tower was previously named “big large tower” & was used as a prison for Protestants.

13 hr(s) of cruising

100km 0 locks 3 nights
Medieval town of Aigues Mortes

The Guardians Cruise

St. Gilles
Gallician
Aigues-Mortes
Le Grau du Roi
La Grande Motte
Carnon
Palavas-les-Flots
Villeneuve-lès-Maguelone
Frontignan
Sète
Bouzigues
Mèze
Marseillan
St. Gilles

22 hr(s) of cruising

146km 0 locks 7 nights

The Guardians Cruise

Saint-Gilles RETURN via Étang de Thau

Saint-Gilles RETURN via Étang de Thau

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Overview

Walled fortress cities, imposing watch towers, and graceful cathedrals can be found in many port towns in the Camargue, making the cruise a bit like travelling back in time. The fortified Aigues-Mortes is a gem of the region. Juxtaposed against the historic villages is the natural beauty of Étang de Thau, which offers abundant wildlife and excellent beaches.

Top highlights:

  • Historic Saint-Gilles and learning of its part in Christian pilgrimages of the twelfth century
  • The towers and walls of Aigues-Mortes
  • Views of the harbour and lighthouse in Le-Grau-de-Roi 
  • The pyramid-like architecture of La Grande-Motte
  • The view from Mont Saint-Clair hilltop in Sète

Example itinerary:

The following is only an example, you can explore this area in whichever order you want, so long as your boat is back at the end base at the end of your vacation:

  • Saint-Gilles: The city owes its name to the famous Father Gilles Hermit. It was one of the most important places for Christian pilgrimage in the twelfth century. Visit Saint-Gilles and its exceptional heritage, like the abbey of the twelfth century, the old crypt, and the romanesque museum.
  • Gallician: Gallician is a quiet and peaceful rural village. Take the opportunity to walk the winding streets, and visit the little 18th century church. On the outskirts of the village lies the real treasure of Gallician: vast vineyards that are a must see!
  • Aigues Mortes: Welcome to Aigues-Mortes, a fortified town that once specialised in salt production. Don’t miss the large “Tour de Constance” (Tower of Constance), which is situated in a corner of the fortifications. The tower was previously named “big large tower” & was used as a prison for Protestants.
  • Le Grau-du-Roi: What a pretty place to stop! In Le Grau-du-Roi, you will enjoy viewing the harbour and the old lighthouse. There are long and beautiful shores for you to walk along and downtown, you will discover interesting buildings, like the Villa Paris, or the old house from the 19th century.
  • La Grande-Motte: La Grande-Motte is a bustling seaside resort, home to some unusual architecture. It has buildings designed by the architect Jean Balladur to look like the precolumbian pyramids known as the Ziggourats. You can try your luck at the Casino; or maybe you will prefer a relaxing round of golf on the local golf course.
  • Carnon: Carnon is a seaside resort. The harbour is a beautiful and quiet place to have a drink, or a meal in one of the numerous restaurants, followed by a gentle stroll along the coast.
  • Palavas-les-flots: Once simply a fishing village, today Palavas-les-flots is a thriving seaside city with a long and peaceful beach. Downtown, you will find a dynamic city with sights to explore, like the Jeanne d'Arc foutain and if you have time at night, the casino will probably be open!
  • Villeneuve-lès-Maguelone: Before arriving in Palavas-les-Flots, on a small island in the middle of the lagoon you’ll find the Maguelone Cathedral. Stop by to discover this jewel of Romanesque art, built in the 11th century. This fortress was home for nearly ten centuries to the Montpellier diocese and successive popes often came to meditate in this peaceful haven.
  • Frontignan: Frontignan is a beautiful town, home to the pretty romanesque church of Saint-Paul. Enjoy a walk here, and don't forget to taste the delightful muscat.
  • Sète: Often called the Mediterranean Venice due to its numerous canals along the city, Sète is a wonderful and shining town that you will love exploring. Take a walk along the charming Promenade de la corniche, and discover the numerous monuments and churches downtown.
  • Bouzigues: Bouzigues is a charming little seaside town with a number of things to see. Spend time walking along the shore, guided by the fresh ocean wind, or maybe along the docks during sunset... The scenery here is just wonderful.
  • Mèze: Like many seaside cities in the area, Mèze was historically a trade centre. In this wonderful town, you will have the chance to discover the old village with its winding streets, and also the Chapelle des pénitents. Take in the beautiful scenery with a walk along the shore.
  • Marseillan: Welcome to Marseillan, a welcoming and shining town famous for its vineyards and its know-how in shellfish farming. You will enjoy walking downtown and immersing yourself in local history. The shore is also beautiful to walk along, especially during sunset.

22 hr(s) of cruising

146km 0 locks 7 nights

Our Feefo reviews

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Added on 14 September 2020

Paul Rutherford said

Fantastic Company! We went on our first Le Boat Holiday in 2014 and have been hooked ever since! We always book the same boat, take the same route through the Camargue from St Gilles Base & are always completely delighted with our experience. The staff just could not be more friendly or helpful. We will go here Every year for the rest of our lives. Paul & Melanie All the staff, From the telephone operatives to the Boat Base Team are ALL absolutely wonderful!
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Dear Paul and Melanie, Thank you for taking the time to write a five star review and for sharing your fantastic photos. We pride ourselves on delivering excellent customer service and we are delighted to hear that you enjoyed your boating holiday in the Camargue once again. We look forward to welcoming you onboard again next year. The Le Boat Team
St. Gilles - St. Gilles
Horizon 1
Added on 5 September 2020

Simon Weston said

Everything was well organised and staff friendly. The boat was very clean and tidy. friendly and helpful staff
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Dear Simon, Thank you for taking the time to write a five star review of your boating holiday in France. We pride ourselves on delivering excellent customer service and we are pleased to hear you received just that from our team in Port Cassafieres. We look forward to welcoming you back on board again soon. The Le Boat Team
Port Cassafières - Port Cassafières
Tango
Added on 12 August 2020

Tim Price said

Very disappointing experience with Cassafieres site. Service was indifferent when we picked up the boat - we had had long journey and were kept waiting for over an hour to get started. No one seemed interested. There were numerous problems with the boat. When we called for information about electricity/water at one site the manager "Bob" was unhelpful and flippant. Holiday was great but there were issues with the boat and service at pick up and drop off.
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Dear Tim, Thank you for taking the time to write a review. We are sorry to read that some aspects of your cruise did not meet your expectations. We pride ourselves on delivering excellent customer service and are very sorry that you felt this was not delivered to you. We have shared your comments with the base team. The Le Boat Team
Port Cassafières - Port Cassafières
Horizon 1
Added on 27 July 2020

Deanna Swords said

Our welcome at Castelnaudary was atrocious. We were told on booking that we had the option to have extras when checking in. We were not offered any and when we asked for bikes were told there were none available. We had to take it in turns to go into the office because of their one in at a time policy even though there were staff in the office with no masks on so this rule made no sense. My husband was going to be driving so they gave him all the safety advice on locks etc even though I would be the one jumping on and off to secure the boat. We explained we had never been on boats before. After my husband and I changed places 4 times at the reception desk we were told to wait for the technician. He arrived and showed my husband how to start the boat then gave him two minutes to drive it out across the port at Castelnaudary and back and then literally said off you go. The boat wasn’t especially clean. Not horrific but considering the stringent COVID rules in the reception I would have expected the boat to be cleaner on door handles etc. The only saving grace is that it is a beautiful canal and the staff at port Cassafieres were the total opposite and extremely helpful. The technician at this port was surprised we had so little training and instructions that we managed to get the boat so far and with no damage or accidents. He also said that at their port they give a minimum 1 hour if someone had no boating experience. Also it’s worth mentioning that the lady at reception at Castelnaudary was rather abrupt considering she was supposed to be the ‘welcome’ so not the friendliest arrival we have ever experienced. The actual holiday was great and an amazing experience along the canal and I would recommend this canal to anyone.
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Dear Deanna, Thank you for taking the time to provide feedback on your boating holiday with Le Boat.I’m sorry that the first impression was not as you would have wanted. We try to be clear around the processes that must be followed by both our Customers and our teams and to create the right expectations. We pride ourselves on delivering excellent customer service and are very sorry that you felt this was not delivered to you. If you have any specific problems at any time during your cruise, please bring these to the attention of our base team as they will happily help resolve these at the time. In light of your comments, we have shared your feedback with the base team.The Le Boat Team
Castelnaudary - Port Cassafières
Caprice
Added on 18 July 2020

Miriam Mckay said

Le Boat’s service was excellent from our very first contact right until the end of our holiday. In particular, the readiness of the boat when we arrived at Port Cassafieres, the training we received and the advice we were given. Loved the whole experience! This was a great route - varied countryside and lots to do - beaches, visit to Maguelone Cathedral, Étang de Thau.
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Dear Miriam, Thank you for taking the time to provide a 5 star review of your boating holiday in the Camargue. We are delighted to hear that you had a fantastic boating holiday. We pride ourselves on delivering excellent customer service and we are delighted to hear that you received a warm welcome in Port Cassafieres. We look forward to welcoming you on board again soon. Kind regards, The Le Boat Team
Port Cassafières - St. Gilles
Horizon 5
Added on 5 July 2020

Thomas Schandert said

Wir haben schon öfters bei Le boat die Vision gehabt. Uns gefällt das Boot und wir nehmen es immer gerne wieder. In Port Cassafieres wurden wir von Bob herzlich willkommen geheißen.Trotz Corona sehr hilfsbereit.
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Port Cassafières - Port Cassafières
Vision 3
Added on 30 September 2019

Harry Small said

Staff at Le Boat bases at Castelnaudary and Port Cassifiers were helpful and friendly Beautiful scenery and villages along the route
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Castelnaudary - Port Cassafières
Clipper
Added on 25 September 2019

Rachel King said

Everything about this type of holiday is great. Staff are knowledgeable and are always on hand to help without being patronising. They understand that beginners are beginners and don’t make you feel as if you are an idiot even when you are being an idiot! part of the experience is not knowing what to do and just making it up as you go along. The great thing is that nobody judges you for being inexperienced and a bit rubbish at mooring. It is all slow paced so there are no emergencies that can I be resolved with a bit of common sense. All the other boaters are willing to help if you need help but accept that you might like to be left alone to workout how to do things yourself.
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Port Cassafières - Port Cassafières
Sheba
Added on 23 September 2019

Mark Williamson said

Professional and friendly staff. Introduction to the boat was very good. Boat was clean and functioned well. No complaints at all. Very happy. We booked the Sheba for an eleven day trip and had a great time. We thought the Sheba was very spacious for the two of us. Everything functioned perfectly. Enjoyed seeing the small and large towns along the way - Bram, Villesdquelande, Carcassonne, Homps, Paraza, Bezier and more. The canal is beautiful (more so in the first half). Boat was relatively easy to handle. Spent 3 to 6 hours a day cruising with a few days off. May be more cruising than some people want but we thoroughly enjoyed it.
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Castelnaudary - Port Cassafières
Sheba
Added on 20 September 2019

Anton Botha said

Service at both ports were excellent Bost was in average condition Demonstration was good and served us well Staff is helpful and port is nice and clean They allowed us early access to the boat
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Homps - Port Cassafières
Magnifique