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Aigues Mortes property guide

Aigues-Mortes is located in the French department of Gard, in the Languedoc Roussillon region. At the junction between canals, lakes and sea, with 250 sunny days a year, Aigues-Mortes is one of the sought-after destinations for a holiday or investment property.

Access

Aigues-Mortes is located 45 minutes from Nimes and Arles. It is 35 minutes from Montpellier and its airport, which is serviced by low cost companies. The city is also serviced by high-speed trains from Montpellier and Nimes.

History

Since the beginning of times, the Rhone River and the Sea have shaped the region’s landscape.
Endless water movements have given birth to countless lagoons, marshes, channels, lakes, pine forests and dunes. In this maze, life becomes organised and exchanges begin. Aigues-Mortes had to wait until the Middle-Ages and the purchase of the land by King Saint-Louis to be brought into the light. Chosen to be the departure harbour for the Crusades, Aigues-Mortes becomes a historical crossroads. The city is still completely surrounded by mighty battlements, and a special reverence still remains for Saint Louis, which is kept alive every summer through many festivities. The name “Aigues-Mortes” comes directly from the latin “Aquae Mortuae” (Dead waters). Aigues-Mortes became a fortified city in the middle of the 10th century. It has a strategic location, with direct access to the sea by a 6-kilometer canal. From these times incredibly well-preserved parts of the walls and the Constance and Carbonniere towers remain.

Culture

Many medieval sites are now open to the public. The Constance tower, one of the most important strongholds in the area in the 13th century, aspires to become a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The tower and its surrounding walls are incredibly well preserved and offer spectacular views. Aigues-Mortes also boasts a church and two chapels, which date back to the 16th century. The church Notre-Dame-des-Sablons was built in the 13th century with a unique gothic nave, and extended to 3 naves in the 17th century. It is surely the oldest monument in Aigues-Mortes. Its windows were designed by the French painter Claude Viallat. The “Chapelle des Penitents gris” was built in 1688. The Carbonniere Tower, in the middle of the marshes, used to be the city’s vanguar, to protect the city from attacks from the land. It can still be visited nowadays. The Saint-Louis square is the city’s touristic heart. In the middle, facing the main entrance of the Gardette Gate, a statue of Saint-Louis was erected.
Aigues-Mortes passes on its culture with festivities: the Vogua Nostra, which is a traditional Mediterranean celebration, with jousts and horses races. Saint Peter, patron of the fishermen, has his own celebration in the city.

Activities

With its clear skies and unique vegetation, the undiscovered region around Aigues-Mortes can be explored on foot, on horseback, by bicycle, by boat or on safari. Many excursions are organised at sea, or in the canals of the area, which boasts a much diversified wildlife, especially birds, with 276 different species. The proximity of lakes and sea has considerably boosted seaside resorts, and many activities such as surfing and sailing are available in the area around Aigues-Mortes. The Gard department boasts 20 protected natural sites, 25 parks and 53 official hiking paths.

Wine

The Languedoc-Roussillon region, in which Aigues-Mortes is located, is one of the first wine producers in the world. Siliceous, chalky sands and the sea micro-climate constitute a unique natural environment, which truly favours the production of high-quality wines. The winegrower, or “vigneron”, combines famous traditional varieties such as Grenache or Syrah, with noble varieties belonging to the national heritage, such as Cabernet, Merlot, Chardonnay or Sauvignon. A fertile land from the Rhone’s alluvia, combined with the Mediterranean climate and changing winds allows an optimum blooming of numerous grape varieties. The city of Aigues-Mortes itself has 4 vineyards.

Once you know you want to own a property in Aigues Mortes, you can contact Sextant properties who will be able to put you in touch with a local bi-lingual estate agent. The agent really knows the area, as well as what would suit both you and your budget. They all speak fluent English, being able to meet any of your requirements… and help you find your dream property for sale in Aigues Mortes.

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