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St Gilles Base Information

A town of Roman Art, which is an important pilgrimage site for Saint-Jacques de Compostelle and Saint-Pierre de Rome. Saint- Gilles is situated alongside the Camargue, which is a unique area. This area is fascinating and attractive for its originality. It enjoys the same climate as Provence and Languedoc however the landscape including the flora, the fauna and especially the bird life is totally different.

There are toilets and showers at the base.


At the Base

Base Opening Hours

Monday to Sunday: 8.30 to 12.30 and 14:00 to 18:00.

Late Arrivals

If you are going to be arriving at the base late, you will need to inform the base directly or our UK sales team. When you arrive at the base there will be a note on the reception door informing you where your boat is.

The boat will be left open with the lights on for you to stay on board that night. The base staff will do the full briefing the following morning.

When To Arrive:

Your boat will be ready to depart for 16:00 - 18:00. We recommend that you arrive 60 minutes earlier for check-in and instructions.

If you have booked an Early Check-in Service, please arrive at the base ready to depart between 11am and 12pm or from 2pm.

Your Return

Your boat should be returned and unoccupied by 9am on your last cruising day (or by midday if you have booked a Late Check-out).

Upon Arrival:

Our base staff look forward to welcoming you to their cruising region and aim to make your arrival and holiday as smooth and enjoyable as possible.

When you arrive or base staff will:

  • Take a fuel deposit to cover the fuel you use during your holiday. Any extra fuel used will be charged on your return or we will refund the difference for fuel you have not used.
  • Take a refundable collision damage deposit – if you have not purchased collision damage waiver. This will be refunded if you return your boat and its inventory undamaged at the end of your holiday
  • Familiarise you with your waterways guide, maps and other helpful documentation provided to help you plan where you want to go and where you’d like to stop.
  • Brief you about your boat, the equipment on board, and the cruising area (places to visit, etc).
  • Give you a boat handling demonstration on the water with one of our technicians.

Hotels and Restaurants

Hotels

Du Cours Logis De France ** - Tel: 04 66 87 31 93
Les Cabanettes *** - Tel: 04 66 87 31 53
Heraclee *** - Tel: 04 66 87 44 10

Restaurants

Restanque - Tel: 04 66 87 37 97
Le Clément Iv - Tel: 04 66 87 00 66

Canal de Camargue

Extra Information

Tourist Information

1 Place Frédéric Mistral,
30800 St. Gilles,
Tel: +33 (0) 466 87 33 75

Parking

Outside unsecure parking: Free of charge
Outside enclosed secure parking: £35 per week
Garage: £45.50 per week

Shops

You can find all shops and services in St. Gilles – a 5-10 minute walk from the base

Fishing

A fishing license is required for all channels (Midi, Camargue and Robine). The permit can be purchased at fishing tackle shops in villages near all bases. The only place where a fishing license is not required is the Etang de Thau being located in the maritime regulatory zone.

Transport Information

By Road

Be Prepared

It is your responsibility to familiarise yourself with local road rules and abide by them. Most European countries have a list of compulsory equipment that you must take with you. For example, there is a new legal requirement in France to carry a breathalyser, triangle & florescent jacket in your car. For driving advice and a list of the equipment you’ll need, please visit www.theaa.com/motoring_advice/overseas

Car Rental:
Avis - Tel. 04 66 29 05 33
Hertz - Tel. 04 66 76 25 91
Europcar - Tel. 04 66 21 31 35

By Air:

Nimes – Arles: 15km Montpellier: 57km
Avignon: 58km
Marseille: 95km

By Rail

Nimes: 20km
Arles: 20km

Ferries

The following ferry companies operate to Northern France.

  • Dover to Dunkirk: DFDS Seaways (previously Norfolk Lines)
  • Dover to Calais: P&O
  • Newhaven to Dieppe: LD Lines
  • Portsmouth to Le Havre: LD Lines
  • Portsmouth to Caen: Brittany Ferries or try Northern Spain and drive across to South France
  • Portsmouth to Bilbao or Santander: Brittany Ferries
  • Plymouth to Santander: Brittany