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Highlights of the Camargue Region

  • Most days of sunshine in the whole of France
  • Lock freee cruising on the Etang de Thau
  • Great beach resorts
  • Ancient ports, historic towns and fishing villages
  • Camargue is the only nesting place for flamingos in the whole of france
  • Wonderful apéritifs Muscat de Frontignan and Noilly Prat at Marseillan
  • Great seafood restaurants serving local specialities.

Useful Information:

  • The Camargue region is perfect for anyone new to cruising or simply looking for an easy cruising experience.
  • You are advised to moor in the harbours at night as passing larger barges could pull you away from makeshift moorings.

Suggested Cruises from our bases in the Camargue

Cruiser boat holidays from Port Cassafieres

Port-Cassafières is a pleasant and peaceful harbour to stop, complete with cycling paths. Its proximity to Spain gives it some interesting flourishes in cuisine, architecture and culture and as a result it is a truly cosmopolitan spot to explore.

Port Cassafieres - Beaucaire (or vice versa)
One Way • 1 Week • 128km • 3 Locks • 23hrs
View Port Cassafieres - Beaucaire one-way boating route in Google Maps

Known as the 'Seaside Cruise', this leisurely cruise takes you to the beach resorts of le Grau du Roi, la Grande-Motte, and Palavas-les-Flots. Known for its superb beaches and open scenery, the Camargue is the perfect place to relax and enjoy scenery, beaches and fascinating historic towns such as Aigues-Mortes.

Port Cassafieres - St Gilles (or vice versa)
One Way •1 Week • 98km • 2 Locks • 20hrs
View Port Cassafieres - St Gilles one-way boating route

Enjoy lake cruising on the Étang de Thau, with its fish farms, marshland and teeming birdlife - a nature lover’s paradise. For contrast, visit medieval Aigues-Mortes, historic Adge and the vibrant and lively resort city of Sète.

Port Cassafieres - Aigues Mortes - Port Cassafieres
Return Trip • 1 Week • 168km • 4 Locks • 30hrs
View Port Cassafieres - Aigues Mortes out and back boating route in Google Maps.

Cruise to beach resorts and across the beautiful lake Etang de Thau, admiring birdlife and hopefully catching glimpse of the wild horses of the Camargue. Visit the historic towns of Marseillan and Frontignan on the way to the medieval walled city of Aigues-Mortes.


Cruiser boat holidays from St 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.

St Gilles - Port Cassafieres (or vice versa)
One Way • 1 Week • 98km • 2 Locks • 20hrs
View St Gilles - Port Cassafieres one-way boating route in Google Maps
(Same as Port Cassafieres to St Gilles above)

Cruise from St Gilles, the gateway to the Camargue, reknowned for its horses and bulls. With few locks, this route allows plenty of time for swimming and sunbathing on Mediterranean beaches. Visit the modern resorts of La Grande-Motte, Carnon, Palavas-les-Flots and enjoy the local cuisine of seafood, fish soup and the famous bull casserole.

St Gilles - Etang de Thau - St Gilles
Round Trip • 1 Week • 146km • 0 Locks • 22hrs
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A perfect cruise to see rich and varied wildlife in the Camargue, or swim or laze on the beach. Enjoy the contrast between ancient Aigues-Mortes and the busy modern Mediterranean ports. Visit Bouzigues on the Etang de Thau for a dish of fresh oysters.

St Gilles - Aigues Mortes - Palavas-les-Flots - St Gilles
Short Break Return Trip • 3 - 4 Days • 100km • 0 Locks • 12hrs

Relax on a short break with no locks, sip a cool cocktail at the resort of Palavas-les-Flots, or enjoy a refreshing swim in the Mediterranean. Climb the ramparts of the medieval city of Aigues-Mortes and admire the views.

Cruiser boat holidays from Beaucaire

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.

Beaucaire - Port Cassafieres (or vice versa)
One Way • 1 Week • 128km • 3 Locks • 23hrs
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(Same as Port Cassafieres to Beaucaire above)

Explore the Costières de Nimes wine region and head deep into the network of saltwater marshes and lagoons. Relax at beachside resorts, stop at quaint fishing villages to dine ashore and discover the lovely historic city of Adge.

Beaucaire - Etang de Thau - Beaucaire
Return Trip • 1 Week • 220km • 2 Locks • 37hrs
View Beaucaire - Etang de Thau out and back boating route in Google Maps

Beaucaire - Beziers - Beaucaire
Return Trip • 2 Weeks • 282km • 14 Locks • 36hrs
View Beaucaire - Beziers out and back boating route in Google Maps

An extended break in the Camargue is a truly wonderful way to discover the variety of this region and enjoy the pleasures of beach resorts, stunning scenery, lush vineyards, medieval walled towns, imposing cathedrals and so much more. A jewel of this itinerary is the thriving city of Béziers with its art galleries, cafés and boutiques.

Beaucaire - Sète - Beaucaire
Return Trip • 1 Week • 220km • 2 Locks • 37hrs

Moor up and relax in a café in lovely St Gilles, visit the Costieres de Nimes wine cellars at Gallician and explore the pretty fishing village of Mèze. Swim on the beaches of the Mediterranean and admire the wildlife of the Étang de Thau.

Beaucaire - Aigues Mortes - Beaucaire
Short Break Return Trip • 3 Days • 100km • 2 Locks • 14hrs

The Canal du Rhône à Sète runs at sea level behind golden beaches through some of the most beautiful scenery in Southern France. Watch the breathtaking beauty of thousands of pink flamingos taking flight over marshes, past herds of wild horses.

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