Lattes (Camargue)

From Cap d’Agde to the Camargue, only a thin strip of white sand separates the Mediterranean Sea from the canals and lagoons that you sail through. From Lattes, just outside Montpellier, enjoy going for a dip by Palavas-les-Flots. Where sand and sea meet stands the Cathedral of Maguelonne, while in the seaport of Sète canals crisscross the picturesque old town. On the Bassin de Thau you follow the canal through the middle of oyster beds to arrive in Agde, originally founded by the ancient Greeks. From Lattes you can head instead along the Canal du Rhône à Sète: proudly rising above the lagoons and salt flats of the Midi is the fortified town of Aigues-Mortes, founded in 1240 by St Louis. In the Petite Camargue you can visit the typical fishing village of Le Grau du Roi, Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer, the splendid abbey church of St-Gilles and Beaucaire with its great keep looking down on a maze of medieval alleys.