Founded in the 13th century by Saint Louis with the aim of developing trade with Italy and the Far East, Aigues-Mortes, the first Mediterranean port of the kingdom of France, today displays a particularly well-preserved range of architecture. Standing at the heart of the Gard Camargue, the city of Aigues-Mortes has the air of a real medieval fortress with its 1,634 metres of ramparts, fortified doors, twenty towers and wall-walk. The highest tower in Aigues-Mortes, the Constance Tower, a former prison standing 30 metres high, offers a beautiful view of the vast expanses of the Camargue from the top of its terrace.
Inside the ramparts, be sure to go and see the Place Saint-Louis square, with its fountain topped with a statue of Saint Louis, restaurant terraces and shops.
Still within the city walls, complete your visit by discovering the gothic church of Notre-Dame-des-Sablons and two baroque buildings, the Chapel of the White Penitents and the Chapel of the Grey Penitents.