We crossed the road to admire the canal boats that take tourists around the Camargue. One was actually working while the rest were waiting for the tourist season. Some of the multicoloured boats were for day trips while some were for longer holidays.
In the 13th century King Louis IX began the construction of the city walls, an enclosure with a 1640-metre perimeter that still encircles Aigues-Mortes today. He used the town as a staging point for his crusades. At the end of the 16th century, the Wars of Religion raged in France, affecting this city as well. Between the introduction of Calvinism, which engendered many conflicts in this region, and the constant defense of the saltworks, the city battled against the tumults of history. The Constance Tower became a prison dreaded by the "preachers" and the "inspired" at the time of the abolition of the Edict of Nantes in 1685, and up until 1767.