Thirty five kilometres south of Nimes, set amidst the flat swampy land, sits Aigues-Mortes with its perfectly intact rectangular walls rising out of the plain like a storybook image of a medieval town.
Originally intended to be France’s principal Mediterranean port, Aigues-Mortes was swallowed up in short order by the silt of the Rhône, which pushed the sea south and consigned the town to stagnation among the “dead waters” surrounding it. Founded by Louis IX in 1246, it was from here that the saint-king embarked on two of his Crusades.
From 1575 to 1622, Aigues-Mortes was one of the eight safe havens granted to the Protestants.The revocation of the Edict of Nantes in 1685 caused severe repression of Protestantism, which was marked in Languedoc and the Cevennes in the early 18th century by the Camisard War. Like other towers in the town, from 1686 onwards, the Constance Tower was used as a prison for the Hugenots who refused to convert to Roman Catholicism.
The town is also know for its production of salt by the operation of the saltworks of the Salins group.
Today Aigues-Mortes is a beautiful and lively town that attracts a lot of foreign and local visitors. You will find many restaurants in the town.
Aigues-Mortes is located 90 km north-west of Marseilles, 35 km south-west of Nîmes and 20 km east of Montpellier. From this lovely town you will be only a few kilometers from the sea and the most wild and beautiful beach of the area -the Espiguette beach- with its fabulous stretch of unspoilt dunes that gently end in the waters of the Mediterranean Sea.