Camargue

In this part of France you will find diversity! You will find extensive water areas, rich gastronomy and unspoilt nature that will surprise you with its diversity.

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In this part of France you will find diversity! There are vast bodies of water just begging to be explored from behind the wheel, rich gastronomy and unspoilt nature that will surprise you with its diversity. In addition, you don't have to expect a large number of canal locks in the area, so look forward to a relaxing holiday in the middle of a peaceful southern French paradise.

Map of Camargue

Colourful traditions, medieval ports and breathtaking nature

The colourful Camargue region will enchant you. You'll love its bustling cruise ports, beautiful sandy beaches and traditional lifestyle of bullfighting, gypsy culture festivals and modern cowboys. This region is best explored from horseback, on an ATV or even on jet skis. You'll enjoy more sunshine than anywhere else in France.

The ideal weather for boating is from April to the end of October. Sail down the Etang de Thau, where there are no locks to stop you and where there are renowned oyster farms.

the historic port of Camargue

Wine, great gastronomy and culture

Fine dining can be found throughout France. But each region has its own speciality that keeps travellers coming back. Oysters are definitely one of these delicacies in the Camargue. Taste them in Bouzigues, where they were first artificially farmed. On the way, stop in Agde, one of France's oldest cities with a rich trading and maritime history. If you are not a fan of oysters, you should at least try the stewed bull meat, which is very popular in the area.

Lovers of fine wines must not miss the AOC Costières de Nimes wine cellars in Gallician. For a good aperitif, on the other hand, balance your boat in the towns of Marseillan and Frontignan, which boast beautiful historic centres in addition to top-notch alcoholic beverages. The medieval port and fortress of Aigues Mortes and the picturesque fishing villages of Mèze, Frontignan, le Grau du Roi and Bouzigues are also worth a visit. If you're in the area during the summer, make sure you check if the town of Cap d'Agde is hosting a rowing tournament. You could take away a very unusual experience from your holiday.

Salt mines in Camargue

Extracting salt from seawater in the Camargue

Unprecedented fauna and flora

The largest river delta in Western Europe will entertain not only lovers of good food and drink, but also avid nature watchers. The Camargue Nature Park, which consists mainly of wetlands, salt lakes (étangs), sand dunes, ponds and lakes, is home to many rare species of birds and other animals. The sight of huge flocks of pink flamingos is breathtaking, but you can also spot herds of bulls or Camargue horses.

Camargue horses and flamingos in flight on the seashore

In addition, the region also offers clean sandy beaches that will literally tempt you to set aside some time for lounging by the sea. The family beaches of Palavas-les-Flottes, La Grande Motte and Carnon are perfect for relaxation and fun.

Useful information

  • You can set sail from bases in Camargue or from selected bases on the Midi Canal.
  • There are few locks in the region, and none on Lake Etang de Thau, so it's suitable for all beginners.
  • We recommend mooring your boat for the night in the marina, as large river boats pass through at night and could rip you from your makeshift moorings.
  • Short charters and longer cruises are possible from all our bases in the Camargue.

Go to Camargue, you won't regret it. The houseboat will be glad to choose you.

Cruises for 2–⁠5 days

Camargue, France, navigation area, map

Trip length: 2 days | 53 km
Type of cruise: there and back
Number of locks: 0

Aigues-Mortes - Le Grau-du-Roi - Palavas-les-flots - Aigues-Mortes

Sail down the Etang de Thau, where there are no locks to stop you and where the famous fist farmsoyster farms, and have fun on the family-friendly beaches of Palavas-les-Flottes, La Grande Motte and Carnon.

Camargue, France, navigation area, map

Trip length: 2 days | 72 km
Type of cruise: there and back
Number of locks: 0

Aigues-Mortes - Bellegarde - Aigues-Mortes

Sail down the Etang de Thau, where there are no locks to stop you and where the famous fist farmsoyster farms, and have fun on the family-friendly beaches of Palavas-les-Flottes, La Grande Motte and Carnon.

Camargue, France, navigation area, map

Trip length: 2 days | 78 km
Type of cruise: there and back
Number of locks: 0

Bellegarde - Aigues-Mortes and back

Sail down the Etang de Thau, where there are no locks to stop you and where the famous fist farmsoyster farms, and have fun on the family-friendly beaches of Palavas-les-Flottes, La Grande Motte and Carnon.

Saint-Gilles, Camargue, France, sailing area, map

Trip length: 5 days | 90 km
Type of cruise: there and back
Number of locks: 0

Saint-Gilles - Aigues-Mortes - Palavas-les-Flots - Saint-Gilles

Combine the classic Canal du Midi with the experience of the Camargue. Enjoy the beautiful villages, the many restaurants and the crystal clear waters of the Etang de Thau in the heart of the Camargue.

Camargue, France, navigation area, map

Trip length: 5 days | 101 km
Type of cruise: there and back
Number of locks: 0

Aigues-Mortes - Le Grau-du-Roi - Séte - Aigues-Mortes

Sail down the Etang de Thau, where there are no locks to stop you and where the famous fist farmsoyster farms, and have fun on the family-friendly beaches of Palavas-les-Flottes, La Grande Motte and Carnon.

Camargue, France, navigation area, map

Trip length: 5 days | 122 km
Type of cruise: there and back
Number of locks: 0

Bellegarde - Palavas-les-Flots - Bellegarde

Sail down the Etang de Thau, where there are no locks to stop you and where the famous fist farmsoyster farms, and have fun on the family-friendly beaches of Palavas-les-Flottes, La Grande Motte and Carnon.

Camargue, France, navigation area, map

Trip length: 5 days | 122 km
Type of cruise: there and back
Number of locks: 0

Bellegarde - Aigues-Mortes - Palavas-les-Flots and back

Sail down the Etang de Thau, where there are no locks to stop you and where the famous fist farmsoyster farms, and have fun on the family-friendly beaches of Palavas-les-Flottes, La Grande Motte and Carnon.

Camargue, France, navigation area, map

Trip length: 5 days | 122 km
Type of cruise: there and back
Number of locks: 1

Bellegarde - Gallician - Petit-Rhône and back

Sail down the Etang de Thau, where there are no locks to stop you and where the famous fist farmsoyster farms, and have fun on the family-friendly beaches of Palavas-les-Flottes, La Grande Motte and Carnon.

Cruises for a week

Saint-Gilles, Camargue, France, sailing area, map

Trip length: 7 days | 98 km
Type of cruise: one-way route
Number of locks: 2

Saint-Gilles - Port Cassafiéres

Combine the classic Canal du Midi with the experience of the Camargue. Enjoy beautiful villages, many restaurants and the crystal clear waters of the Étang de Thau in the heart of the Camargue.

Camargue, France, navigation area, map

Trip length: 7 days | 101 km
Type of cruise: there and back
Number of locks: 6

Aigues-Mortes - Le Grau-du-Roi - Étang de Thau - Agde - Vias - Aigues-Mortes

Sail down the Étang de Thau, where there are no locks to stop you and where the famous fist farmsoyster farms, and have fun on the family-friendly beaches of Palavas-les-Flottes, La Grande Motte and Carnon.

Camargue, France, navigation area, map

Trip length: 7 days | 139 km
Type of cruise: one-way route
Number of locks: 15

Aigues-Mortes - Le Somail

Sail down the Étang de Thau, where there are no locks to stop you and where the famous fist farmsoyster farms, and have fun on the family-friendly beaches of Palavas-les-Flottes, La Grande Motte and Carnon.

Saint-Gilles, Camargue, France, sailing area, map

Trip length: 7 days | 146 km
Type of cruise: there and back
Number of locks: 0

Saint-Gilles - Étang de Thau - Saint-Gilles

Combine the classic Canal du Midi with the experience of the Camargue. Enjoy the beautiful villages, the many restaurants and the crystal clear waters of the Etang de Thau in the heart of the Camargue.

St. Gilles, Camargue, France, cruising area, map

Trip length: 7 days | 160 km
Type of cruise: there and back
Number of locks: 4

Lattes - Aigues-Mortes - Beaucaire - Fourques - Mas des Baumelles

Sail down the Étang de Thau, where there are no locks to stop you and where the famous fist farmsoyster farms, and have fun on the family-friendly beaches of Palavas-les-Flottes, La Grande Motte and Carnon.

Saint-Gilles, Camargue, France, sailing area, map

Trip length: 7 days | 168 km
Type of cruise: there and back
Number of locks: 4 

Port Cassafières - Aigues-Mortes - Port Cassafières

The Camargue is a colourful region, its bustling cruise ports and Mediterranean atmosphere will enchant you. The Camargue has few locks and none on Lake Thau.

St. Gilles, Camargue, France, cruising area, map

Trip length: 7 days | 170 km
Type of cruise: there and back
Number of locks: 7

Lattes - Frontignan - Sète - Marseillan - Agde

Sail down the Étang de Thau, where there are no locks to stop you and where the famous fist farmsoyster farms, and have fun on the family-friendly beaches of Palavas-les-Flottes, La Grande Motte and Carnon.

Saint-Gilles, Camargue, France, sailing area, map

Trip length: 7 days | 190 km
Type of cruise: there and back
Number of locks: 38

Homps - Marseillan - Homps

Combine the classic Canal du Midi with the experience of the Camargue. Enjoy the beautiful villages, the many restaurants and the crystal clear waters of the Etang de Thau in the heart of the Camargue.

Camargue, France, navigation area, map

Trip length: 7 days | 196 km
Type of cruise: there and back
Number of locks: 0

Bellegarde - Étang de Thau - Bellegarde

Sail down the Étang de Thau, where there are no locks to stop you and where the famous fist farmsoyster farms, and have fun on the family-friendly beaches of Palavas-les-Flottes, La Grande Motte and Carnon.

Camargue, France, navigation area, map

Trip length: 7 days | 200 km
Type of cruise: there and back
Number of locks: 0

Bellegarde - Saint-Gilles - Aigues-Mortes - Étang de Thau and back

Sail down the Étang de Thau, where there are no locks to stop you and where the famous fist farmsoyster farms, and have fun on the family-friendly beaches of Palavas-les-Flottes, La Grande Motte and Carnon.

Cruises for 10–⁠14 days

St. Gilles, Camargue, France, cruising area, map

Trip length: 10 days | 217 km
Type of cruise: there and back
Number of locks: 14

Lattes - Aigues-Mortes - Frontignan - Sète - Agde - Béziers

Sail down the Étang de Thau, where there are no locks to stop you and where the famous fist farmsoyster farms, and have fun on the family-friendly beaches of Palavas-les-Flottes, La Grande Motte and Carnon.

St. Gilles, Camargue, France, cruising area, map

Trip length: 10 days | 218 km
Type of cruise: one-way route
Number of locks: 14

Lattes - Aigues-Mortes - Frontignan - Sète - Béziers - Narbonne - Argens or vice versa

From Argens, the Canal du Midi enters an area with a typical Mediterranean climate and atmosphere. Enjoy local wines, olive groves and great Mediterranean cuisine.

St. Gilles, Camargue, France, cruising area, map

Trip length: 14 days | 310 km
Type of cruise: one-way route
Number of locks: 14

Lattes - Aigues-Mortes - Frontignan - Sète - Béziers - Carcassonne - Castelnaudary - Négra

Sail down the Étang de Thau, where there are no locks to stop you and where the famous fist farmsoyster farms, and have fun on the family-friendly beaches of Palavas-les-Flottes, La Grande Motte and Carnon.

St. Gilles, Camargue, France, cruising area, map

Trip length: 14 days | 379 km
Type of cruise: there and back
Number of locks: 54

Lattes - Aigues-Mortes - Frontignan - Sète - Agde - Béziers - Argens

Sail down the Étang de Thau, where there are no locks to stop you and where the famous fist farmsoyster farms, and have fun on the family-friendly beaches of Palavas-les-Flottes, La Grande Motte and Carnon.

Camargue, France, navigation area, map

Trip length: 14 days | 382 km
Type of cruise: there and back
Number of locks: 16

Bellegarde - Homps or Le Somail and back

Sail down the Étang de Thau, where there are no locks to stop you and where the famous fist farmsoyster farms, and have fun on the family-friendly beaches of Palavas-les-Flottes, La Grande Motte and Carnon.