Aigues-Mortes, Aigues-Mortes, Provence
La Cure Gourmande
23 Grand Rue Jean Jaurès
Tel: 33 4 66 51 50 25
Concierge.com's insider take:
Perfectly preserved medieval walls and turrets surround France's oldest port, at the southern end of the Camargue marsh. The town dates to Roman times, but its significance began under Louis IX, who used it as a launching base for various crusades in the 13th century. This is the edge of Provence, and it feels like the edge of France: You can see the Spanish influence in the bullfighting advertisements and in the many restaurants serving the resulting meat. Take a few hours to wander the town's small grid of streets. Be sure to stop at La Cure Gourmande, a sweet-shop paradise overstuffed with caramel and fig products. The Camargue's salt plains, white horses, and bull farms surround the town. You can also drive down to Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer, 20 miles away, and take in the port-town ambience, abundant water birds, and crashing waves, a rarity for the Mediterranean.