The walled city was originally a hamlet inhabited only by fishers and salters amid salt pits. In the eighteenth century, the Matafère tower was built presumably to alert the Magne tower in Nîmes, in case of a fleet invasion. A few centuries later, in the Middle Ages, Louis IX wanted to establish access to the Mediterranean Sea for the French Crown to use it as departure point for the crusades. Consequently, with the aid of his architect Eudes de Montreuil, he designed from 1244 the plans of read more
Aigues-Mortes, the Medieval City and its Saint-Louis Festival – a Reconstruction of the Thirteenth Century!
While the Léz’Arts Scéniques festival near Sélestat attracts visitors from around the globe it has essentially a local flavor: people come who have grown up in the area, know each other, have been to school together. This gives the festival a jovial atmosphere where many attendees come with most of their social circle and visitors are made to feel welcome. The 2012 festival read more