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The main allure in Aigues-Mortes is the town itself. The Middle Ages still permeates virtually every building, rampart, and cobble-stoned street, and the town is still enclosed by ramparts that were constructed between 1272 and 1300. The Tour de Constance (tel. 04-66-53-61-55), which looks out on the marshes, is a model medieval castle. At the top, which you can reach by elevator, a panoramic view unfolds. Admission to the tower is 7€ for adults, 4.50€ for ages 18 to 25, and free for children 17 and under.

The city's religious centerpiece is the Eglise Notre-Dame des Sablons, rue Jean-Jaurès. Constructed of wood in 1183, it was rebuilt in stone in 1246 in the ogival style. Its modern stained-glass windows were installed in 1980 as replacements for the badly damaged originals. The church is open May to September daily from 8:30am-6pm, and October to April 10am-5pm.

The waterways and wetlands of the Petite Camargue can be explored in many ways: You can join a jeep safari, canoe, kayak, cycle, ride on a paddle steamer, or just put your hiking boots on and wander along the trails that are inaccessible by car. Your reward is the sight of flocks of flamingoes and other birdlife, white Camargue horses, and herds of Camargue bulls. Just make sure to cover yourself with plenty of mosquito repellent.

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