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In the Footsteps of Saint Mary Magdalene

from Salin‑de‑Giraud to Fos‑sur‑Mer

Stage 2

After touring the saltmarshes, you’ll be leaving Camargue for new horizons in the footsteps of Saint Mary Magdalene. This stage, alternating land and water, crosses the beautiful Port Saint Louis du Rhône. An ode to freedom.

Stage profile

Length: 8.5 + 3 km
Length: 2¾ hrs (+ bus transfer)
Difficulty: easy

On your way: landscapes and relief

Exit Salin de Giraud and head to the Bac de Barcarin ferry. The crossing lasts 5 minutes and instils this stage with a wonderfully adventurous feeling. When you reach Port Saint Louis du Rhône and its illustrious Tour Saint-Louis tower gazing over the Rhône, head along the river before hopping on the bus (lines 1 or 2) to Fos-sur-Mer (“Douane” bus stop in Port Saint-Louis du Rhône and “Vallins” bus stop in Fos-sur-Mer). Today’s route ends at Etang de l’Estomac in Fos-sur-Mer.

Must-see sights: keep your eyes peeled

If you’re a curiosity-seeker, don’t miss a visit to the Tour Saint-Louis in Port Saint Louis du Rhône . This tower harbours a fascinating ornithological collection, plus temporary exhibitions. If the sea is more your jive, you’ll definitely want to hang out at the town’s 3 beaches during your Camargue tour, and especially the star of them all: Plage Napoléon adorned with 10 km of golden sands. Pause awhile to admire the kitesurfers riding the choppy waves and observe the mouth of the Grand Rhône river. Fishermen, shellfish farmers and other seafarers also form an intrinsic part of this wild world.

Where to sleep?

Hôtel Azur in Fos-sur-Mer, immediately adjacent to the beaches and town centre, offers rooms with all basic comforts. If you want to take it up a notch, opt for the Hôtel Ariane – a quiet and relaxing oasis of greenery with attentive staff always happy to be of service. The second night of your adventure in the footsteps of Saint Mary Magdalene promises plenty of sweet dreams.

Find out more

Practical info

  • Contact: Office de Tourisme de Fos sur Mer / 50 Avenue Jean Jaurès 13270 Fos-sur-Mer / Tel. +33(0)4 42 47 71 96 / tourisme@mairie-fos-sur-mer.fr

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