South of Nimes, in Languedoc Roussillon, stretching from East to West (from Beaucaire, to Vauvert) lies the Costieres, a low plateau separating the plain from the swampy Camargue area. The vegetation of the Costieres is made of garrigues (low, soft-leaved scrubland vegetation typical of the Mediterranean region) and vineyards. Along the Costieres you will come across a few villages and small towns such as Vauvert, Beauvoisin and Generac.
Further South, the Costieres give way to the Camargue Gardoise (sometimes also called Petite Camargue), a magical place between land and sea. These 40 000 hectares of lakes, marshes and low-lying land are home to colourful fauna, flora and traditions. The black bulls, white horses and pink flamingos are the emblems of this area.
A few villages and small towns dot the area such as the former pilgrim stop of St-Gilles (and its magnificent abbey-church), Saint-Laurent d’Aigouze and Le Cailar. Here it’s not all about folklore but about genuine local traditions, which play a big part in the life of the villages.
Thirty five kilometres South of Nimes, set amidst the flat swampy land, sits Aigues-Mortes with its perfectly intact rectangular walls rising out of the plain like a storybook image of a medieval town.
Then along the coast you will find Le Grau-du-Roi (once a humble fishing town, now a summer resort), Port-Camargue (a modern adjunct to Le Grau with its purpose-built yachting complex) and the beaches. The Espiguette beach is the most wild and beautiful one in the Gard with its fabulous stretch of unspoilt dunes that gently end in the waters of the Mediterranean Sea.
Thirty five kilometres south of Nimes, set amidst the flat swampy land, sits Aigues-Mortes with its perfectly intact rectangular walls rising out of the plain like a storybook image of a medieval town. Originally intended to be France’s principal Mediterranean port, Aigues-Mortes was s...
The small town of Saint-Gilles, situated in Languedoc Roussillon a few kilometres South of Nimes, is one of the gateways to the vast and swampy Petite Camargue area, which surrounds it on the eastern and southern sides.