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About Aigues Mortes

A beautifully preserved fortified medieval city, Aigues-Mortes is the ideal destination for history lovers eager to soak up the cultural attractions of the Petite Camargue. There is a broad choice of accommodation available, and many of the best places to stay in Aigues-Mortes are small boutique spots, housed in elegant historic buildings and retaining the period features which are such a big part of the region’s appeal.

Founded in the 13th century by St. Louis (King Louis IX) to develop trade with Italy and the Far East and to allow his armies access to the sea, Aigues-Mortes was France’s first Mediterranean port. The city now boasts a fascinating history. Culture aficionados will adore stepping into 700-year-old Gothic churches — the most impressive of which is perhaps Notre-Dame des Sablons. Admire gorgeous panoramic views from atop the 30-metre high Constance Tower, an old prison, or stroll the massive, well-preserved city walls to gaze out over crenelated ramparts, historic rooftops and the salt marshes beyond.

As evening falls, pick a perch at one of the little eateries on Place St. Louis, named for the city’s founder, and watch the world go by. Lined with shops and restaurants, the square is dominated by the fountain at its centre, and makes for a lively spot to relax with a cool drink.

Just outside the city limits lie Les Etangs — saltwater lagoons stained red by their high salt concentration — which have brought renown to the region as a producer of gourmet quality salt. The city’s name, in fact, is drawn from these marshes, meaning ‘stagnant water’. Guided tours into these otherworldly marshes offer an intriguing insight into the industry as well as these distinctive features of the area's natural landscape.

With medieval ramparts to discover, vaulted frescoed church ceilings to admire, and the beach not far away, there’s plenty for history buffs and relaxed visitors to enjoy in Aigues Mortes. Whether you’re on the hunt for an enchanting family hotel or a chic couples’ retreat, the best places to stay in Aigues Mortes promise historic charm aplenty, and a wonderful base for exploring the area. Do remember that this is an enormously popular summer destination — book your stay well in advance to avoid disappointment!

The best places to stay in Aigues Mortes

For families

  • Villa Mazarin is an elegant 15th century escape with traditional Provençal interiors, a small spa and a gourmet French restaurant. The beach is a short drive away, whilst the hotel is well-located for explorations of historic Aigues Mortes. Children will love the covered swimming pool, board games and gardens.

For boutique chic

  • Hotel Les Templiers offers quirky, characterful rooms in a renovated 18th century merchant’s house. Think antique furnishings, an atmospheric restaurant with extensive wine cellar, and a gorgeous outdoor pool. A bold boutique hideaway perfect for unwinding within the historic fortifications!
  • Hotel Des Remparts is a beautiful family-run boutique property, fusing chic design with period features, including impressive exposed-stone walls. A charming, romantic choice, with a lively bar and indulgent spa.

For an apartment or villa

  • If you'd prefer a self-catering option, we suggest that you visit our online partner Booking.com.

Travel information

  • Fly into Marseilles International Airport, and catch a train to Aigues Mortes. The train journey should take around 2.5 hours.
  • Alternatively, contact our online partner Rentalcars if you would like to hire a car.
  • Time your trip for the summer months (July and August) to enjoy balmy temperatures, ranging from 20 - 28°C. This is a very popular time to visit, so book your stay well in advance to avoid missing out.

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Best Hotels in Aigues Mortes

  • Villa Mazarin Aigues Mortes 14 rooms from £95

    Historic  -  A lovely 15th century building.
    Sights nearby  -  Hours drive from Avignon, Arles, Orange, Nimes, Uzes, Montpelier or Aix-en-Provence.
    Restrictions on children  -  No children under age 6
    Local markets  -  Good for local colour.
    Air conditioningTennisSpaRestaurantSwimming PoolGardenPet friendly

    An elegant hotel set in a charming 15th century building. Traditional rooms with all the mod-cons. Spa, indoor pool and excellent French restaurant. Just a short drive from the beach, and in a central location to walk the Medieval streets of the town. A wonderful weekend break for families. See More

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  • Hotel Les Templiers Aigues Mortes (Rue De La République 30220) 8 rooms from £86

    Local exploring  -  A charming and conveniently placed base to explore the region from.
    Sights nearby  -  The 13th century towers, turrets and ramparts of Aigues-Mortes are worth exploring. Out-of-town is the Tours Carbonneire.
    Swimming Pool  -  Outdoor pool
    Quirky  -  An experience!
    Air conditioningRestaurantSwimming PoolGardenPet friendly

    Chic and charming renovated 18th century merchant's house inside the fortifications of Aigues-Mortes. The hotel features a restaurant, bar and a lovely outdoor pool. Comfortable, contemporary rooms feature exposed stone walls, wooden beams and antique furniture. Ideal for history lovers. See More

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  • Hotel des Remparts Aigues Mortes 14 rooms from £189

    Local exploring  -  Perfectly placed on the ramparts with many of the town's historical sites within walking distance
    Sights nearby  -  Walk alongside the ramparts and spot the towers and turrets along the way
    Swimming Pool  -  Indoor pool
    Romantic  -  Good for couples.
    SpaSwimming PoolGardenDisabled accessParking

    A family-run boutique property set in the heart of historic Aigues-Mortes. Smart rooms perfectly merge the building's original features with clean contemporary design with the best featuring in-room baths. Boasting a spa and chic bar both of which are a welcome respite after a day's sightseeing. See More

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