Le Pays Vidourle-Camargue, is situated between the golden sandy beaches of the Mediterrranean and the foothills of the Cevennes Mountains. This area has a number of different landscapes, like a mosaic. The scenery, a true invitaition to travel is constantly changing and provides endless pleasure for the sightseer. We have commited ourselves to a green holidays program to preserve this landscape.
Gallargues le Montueux
During the reign of the Roman Emperor Tiberius, a villa belonging to a military tribune of the Seventh Legion, Quintus Statius Gallus, occupied the hill where the village is now situated. In 1384, Gallargues counted 30 homesteads whereas there were just 5 in Aubais. Its castle and seigneury were considered important. The Queen of Majorca, Isabella (who lived there until her death in 1404) agreed to accept them from the King of France, Charles VI, as compensation for the purchase price of Montpellier. Her father concluded the sale of the latter with King of France, Philip VI, in October 1349, but did not receive the payment that was agreed.
Gallargues became a resting point for pilgrims en route to Santiago de Compostela. An imposing, recently restored, medieval residence in the centre of the city is said to have been the Hôpital Saint-Jacques.
The town flourished during the 18th and 19th centuries as demonstrated by the quality of the period’s residences.
Today, Gallargues-le-Montueux is home to 3,500 inhabitants. Viticulture has replaced the trade in dyer’s croton with the Netherlands (a substance obtained from a species of sunflower that gives Dutch cheese its reddish colour). From madder dye to the profitable business of weaving the Hermès ‘Indian’ scarves (carrés) of the time, which established the reputation and the fortune of the Gallarguois; today it is an active town that occupies forty hectares and a major site for jobs and activities in the region.
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The commitments of the Responsible Tourism Ambassadors are essential for environmentally friendly tourism and quality. Regular work is conducted to encourage everyone to meet specific criteria for:
– Moove smoothly
– prefer local products
– Don’t waist energy or water
– Discover and respect local heritage
Aigues-Mortes is a medieval city in the heart of Camargue, and has charming chapels, pedestrian streets and many things to see and do. It is a great stop on the Canal du Rhône to Sète.
Saint Louis, King of France, ordered the construction of a deep-water port near the coast and inaugurated special privileges to encourage populations to settle on the surrounding land.
Ramparts were completed in 1300 under the reign of Philip the Bold.
The city prospered but it also suffered when Marseille became part of the Kingdom of France in 1481.
In 1248, King Louis IX, also called Saint Louis, and 40,000 crusaders, set sail from Aigues-Mortes for the first time, for the Orient. This was the start of the seventh crusade led by a King of France.
In 1270, Saint Louis embarked once again for the Holy Land, this time with his three sons and an army of 60,000 men and a fleet of 1800 ships! King Louis IX died of dysentery in Tunis on 25 August 1270.
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Vauvert, situated in the “vignoble de l’AOC Costières de Nîmes” is one of the most important villages in the Camargue area. Nearby one can visit a natural reserve near Gallician. The Scamandre Pond is the largest fresh-water pond in the Gard Camargue. It is surrounded by the largest farmed reed beds in western Europe.
Le Grau du Roi
LA few kilometers from Sommières, backed by its salt marshes, overlooking the 17 km of Gard coastline, Le Grau-du-Roi – Port-Camargue is the only coastal city in the whole department. The little fishing port, now tops in the Mediterranean, and the seaside city, first in Europe for pleasure boating with 5,000 mooring rings, are both ready to provide just what you need for a successful holiday in an always-quaint setting.
Don’t miss the Seaquarium – Requinarium, a giant aquarium with a section for marine mammals, Mediterranean and tropical fish. , sea turtles, sea-lions…The exceptionnal Requinarium has over 25 species of sharks in different pools.
This medieval town lies below the ruins of a fortress. The upper part of the town connects to the “mer des rochers” rock formation while the lower section overlooks de Vidourle River. The river reappears in a huge resurgnece after flowing underground for several kilometers at a spot called the sources. Don’t miss the Pitchfork Conservatory, a very special museum and the only one in Europe!
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