Gateway to the Camargue area, between Languedoc and Provence, 45km from Nîmes, le Grau du Roi is a picturesque fishermen's village which developed around its port. The resort is also interesting for its canal and has small streets inviting you to discover the place.
Places of Interest: The arenas at Aigues-Mortes (6km) and at Le Grau (bullfights), the fortified Royal City of Saint Louis, Pont du Gard (Nîmes), Zoological & botanical reserves of Camargue, Demoiselles Cave (70km approx.).
Languedoc is ideal for lazying in the sun. Its sandy beaches run along the Golfe de Lyon in the Mediterranean. It offers a wide choice of small salt water lakes and resorts known throughout Europe. Travelling more inland, you will be amazed by the region's architectural heritage : Romanesque and Gothic churches aplenty, rich Renaissance-style facades and courtyards from private mansions. You will love Languedocian gastronomy including sweet Muscat wine and oysters from Etang de Thau. Further down south is Roussillon with at its centre, Perpignan, a town rich in cultural treasures. The coast has a string of lively resorts and marinas. For the gourmet, the local cuisine is just impossible to ignore with cool fine rose wines to drink after a day spent basking in the sun...Truly unforgettable§
France offers a bewildering array of food and wines from delicious regional specialties to exquisite haute cuisine. With over 340 sorts of cheese and 450 quality wines, there is always something new to discover in France.
Beyond gastronomy, from North to South France, sparkles with a rich cultural and historical heritage. Its many castles, churches, cathedrals and museums which are carefully preserved and restored makes it one the most sought after and enthralling destinations for holidaymakers from around the globe.
France takes prides in the rich and diverse tapestry of its magnificent landscapes which have been celebrated throughout the centuries by its many famous writers, poets and artists in words and creations so many of which have become part of the world's cultural heritage and still inspire today's travellers to discover it for themselves. Whether you are looking for a relaxing beach holiday or want to escape to the countryside, whether you wish to step back into history or are searching for an active sporting adventure, France will welcome you with open arms, seduce you with its warmth and entertain you with its wide range of attractions enabling you to achieve that perfect holiday.
The CAMARGUE plains stretch over 8500hectre in the Rhône delta, and include the towns of Arles and Saintes-Marie de la Mer. The region is characterised by wild landscapes, paddy fields, herds of black bulls and droves of white horses. This is an ideal location for tourists to go rambling, horse-riding, and visit local "manades" (bull farms); or take a 4x4 excursion, or boat trip on the Rhône river for visitors who are feeling a little less engergetic.
The Camargue area also remains steeped in traditions and folklore, and tourists are strongly advised to make time for one of the region's many festivals that take place, often focused around horses, or even check out a bullfight for a truely unique holiday experience.