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See Camargue by bike: 3 of the most beautiful routes departing from Aigues-Mortes

Aigues-Mortes, at the doorstep of the Camargue, is an ideal starting point for exploring the region by bike. Just a few kilometers from the city, you'll find vast stretches of wilderness, salt marshes and unique wildlife. Enough to delight both occasional cyclists and true enthusiasts!

In this article, we present the 3 most beautiful cycling routes accessible from Aigues-Mortes. You'll discover the beauty of the Camargue from a whole new angle.

Aigues-Mortes: gateway to the Camargue 

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Aigues-Mortes is a picturesque medieval city, situated at the doorstep of the Camargue. It is the perfect starting point for your cycling adventure. Before hitting the trails, take time to explore this old city’s narrow streets. Soak up its medieval atmosphere. Don’t miss the famous Constance Tower, which offers a breathtaking view of the city and its surroundings.

Once you’re ready to pedal, you have a few options to explore the Camargue from Aigues-Mortes. Whether you are a beginner or an experienced cyclist, there is a route to suit your level and interests. Here are three cycling itineraries to help you discover the best lookout points in the Camargue.

Fort de Peccais: between vineyards and ponds

Fort de Peccais

A there-and-back mountain bike trail winding along vineyards and ponds, that takes you back to the origins of the salt trade, to the ruins of the Fort de Peccais.

At the junction of the Bourgidou and Sylvéréal canals, Fort de Peccais was an outpost for supervising the salt harvest and trade. With its star-shaped foundations, the remains are reminiscent of Vauban's fortifications. Surrounded by infinite ponds, it has an air of being at the edge of the world. Here, the birds meander freely. Keep an eye out for them!

To get there, pedal pass the Sable de Camargue vineyards. The trail leads along the canal and through the reeds. The water stretches as far as the eye can see! You're in the heart of the wilderness.

Distance : 20km there and back
Route: road, footpath
Point of caution: crossing Aigues-Mortes

Gallician: on the ViaRhôna, along the canal

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You can reach Gallician, a village in the heart of the Camargue, by cycling along the old canal towpaths.

Following the waterfront, you'll pass through a landscape of hues, greens and blues, between vineyards and marshes. On this part of the ViaRhôna, reeds frame the path. They are a haven for many bird species: egrets, herons, European bee-eaters...

This route is perfect for discovering 3 of Camargue’s exceptional panoramas: admire the marshlands from the heights of Carbonnière Tower, take in the reed beds from the Tourradons Bridge and gaze into the waters of the canal on the Gallician Bridge.

Distance : 20 km there and back
Route: cycling path
Point of caution: crossing the Tourradons Bridge in the direction of Carbonnière Tower

L’Espiguette: discovering the beaches and the sea

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A traffic-free route to the beach!

On the first stretch, glide along as if over water, between the maritime channel and the ponds. If you’re lucky, you may catch a glimpse of pink flamingos feeding.

Once you reach l’Espiguette beach, you will find yourself in a wild, protected habitat. Here, landscapes evolve at the whim of wind and sea. Leave your bikes attached to the racks at Baronnets parking lot. All that’s left to do is cross the dunes to discover the immensity of this soft-sanded natural site. For an unforgettable panorama of the beach, climb the 111 steps of l’Espiguette lighthouse.

On the way back, stop by the Maison Méditerranéenne des Vins, a shop dedicated to local producers. You're sure to find everything you need to refuel!

Distance : 24 km there and back
Route: cycling path, road, cycling path
Point of caution: sections of road D62B in the direction of l’Espiguette

Last words: experience the magic of the Camargue on two wheels

Whether you chose to explore the ponds at Fort de Peccais, follow the ViaRhôna all the way to Gallician or pedal along the wild coast of l’Espiguette, you will be charmed by the magic of the Camargue’s landscapes and the diversity of its wildlife. 

Don’t forget to plan your itinerary ahead of time with the “Terre de Camargue” map-guide, or visit the tourist office. We are labeled “Accueil Vélo”, we can help tailor your route to your preferences and level of cycling experience.

So get your bike ready, strap on your helmet and discover all of Camargue’s secrets by bike!

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