Boat rentals and river cruises in the Camargue

The Camargue is an extraordinary holiday destination where you can enjoy a different experience. An excellent place to discover from a boat without a permit.

The Camargue region is located to the west of Provence and is delimited by the two arms of the Rhone and the Mediterranean Sea, forming the great marsh of southeastern France. A protected natural area of almost 150,000 hectares of marshes, dunes, infinite pastures and salt flatsA unique landscape where narcissus and tamarisk abound, and a fauna that in addition to pink flamingos and wild horses gives you landscapes of black bulls.

On a river cruise through the Camargue you can discover one of the most beautiful fauna and flora in all of Europe. During your cruise you discover unique towns and forts, the vestiges of the first crusades accompany you throughout the river cruise through the Camargue.

Among so much natural beauty, you can visit small towns like La fortified city of Aigues-Mortes, the impressive 12th century abbey in St. Gilles or stroll through Agde, one of the oldest cities in France. Venture into the Thau lagoon and live a marine navigation experience while discovering cozy and welcoming ports such as those of Frontignan or Marseillan. Let yourself be seduced by the regional gastronomy and enjoy the cuisine of the fishermen of the pier of Sète. Do not forget to try the wines of the area, such as Costières de Nîmes (AOD) or the aperitif Frontignan Muscat.

Relax in the mediterranean beaches, accessible on foot or by bike from many places near the berth, or explore the wild and mythical side of the Camargue. The salt marshes and the great natural park They are privileged places that are home to a very diversified fauna where you can observe flamingos, bulls, wild horses and some 350 species of cataloged birds that migrate and nest in the Rhone delta.

There are very few locks in the Camargue and none in the Thau Lagoon. If this is your first time on a river boat, a Camargue river cruise is perfect for you or if you have already chartered boats in other regions but are looking for easy navigation. You have to pay attention and be careful with the strong winds from the Étang de Thau.

Main cities of the Camargue:

  • Aigues-Mortes: Walled city formerly specialized in the production of salt. Known for being the first French port in the Mediterranean and an important medieval fortress.
  • Saint-Gilles: The city owes its name to Saint Gil the Hermit and was one of the most important Christian pilgrimage sites in the 12th century. Discover its extensive heritage, charming old streets and buildings made of old stones.
  • Sète: Known as the Venice of the Mediterranean for the large number of canals that cross it, it is a magnificent city that is worth visiting. You can stroll along the beautiful Promenade de la Corniche and visit the churches and monuments in the center.
  • Beaucaire: Small city rich in history and art, where you can discover the tradition of bullfighting and many monuments
  • Beziers: Art and charm are based in this city, the second largest on the Canal du Midi.
  • Frontignan: Village of Languedoc Roussillon, located on the shores of the Mediterranean, in the Gulf of Aigües Mortes, and extremely well known for its Muscat (muscat). It extends longitudinally near a set of lagoons and marshes that separate it from direct contact with the sea, where it has beaches.

Main points of interest on your Camargue river cruise:

  • Sunny weather all year round
  • Simple river navigation without locks to the Thau pond
  • Beaches and cities by the sea
  • The picturesque ports (Aigues-Mortes, Marseillan, Bouzigues)
  • An exceptional fauna and flora
  • Fresh seafood and snacks ("Muscat" in Frontignan, "Noilly Prat" in Marseillan)
  • Inland waterways in the Camargue: the canal du Rhône à Sète, the pond of Thau, the canal du Midi, the Petit Rhône and the canal du Robine

 

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Testimonials

We are a family with 2 10 year old girls and before we left we were afraid that they were bored on the boat. We finally realized that there was no time for that as there were always things to do and we discovered many new places. Our favorite stops were Mèze at the Pond de Thau, Maguelone, Aigues-Morte and the Saint Gilles nature reserve. Of course we recommend renting bikes because without them everything would have been different.
Joan T. - St Gilles
Ship: Consul 9/7/2020. 7 days.
The idea we had was to go towards the pond of Thau, but when embarking the port staff recommended us to go to the other side along the Canal du Midi so that we reached Capestang through very beautiful ports. The first locks were very stressful, the adrenaline would go off when we approached other ships, but afterwards it was much easier. We really enjoyed eating at their restaurants and meeting local people.
Felix A.
Port Cassafieres Horizon 3. 06/14/2019. 7 days
For 4 nights I do not recommend bicycles since the ports are very close to the canal. A very beautiful experience and fairytale places. We loved the city of Aigues Mortes and it was best to get there by boat. Unlike other destinations that we already knew (Midi and Brittany), Camargue has very few locks and we liked that for a mini cruise.
Antonio O.
Lattes. Penichette 1020 FB. 09/01/2019. 4 days

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