Day 26 – Along the coast to a Gypsy Festival

Tandem drying facility

Our tandem provides a very convenient clothes drying facility for the few items we needed to dry

overnight ready for our journey. With the sun being quite strong and with decent temperatures it doesn’t take long to dry off our towels and washed cycling gear.

On the road again, we were headed toward Arles, most often known in association with Van Goch who stayed in the town for a few years whilst receiving treatment for his diagnosis of mental illness.

Coastal cycleway en route to Arles

Most of the way we were hugging the coast, passing salt lakes and rice paddies, with our paths often lined by tall bamboo.

Coastal cycle route
Holiday apartments in La Grande Motte
An attractive roundabout just outside La Grande Motte.

The coast is clearly a magnet for holiday makers, but there were some elegant examples of new builds with a very modern look to them.

These buildings were in La Grande Motte.







We enjoyed another beachside picnic next to a bar for our lunchtime refreshments, before continuing on our way.

Beach picnic

We passed through/round Aigues Morte which had a very old and very impressive wall all around it. Sadly we didn’t have time to explore since we needed to get to our campsite before it got too late.

Aigues Morte, a walled town.

We were headed for somewhere close enough to be able to cycle to the great Gypsy gathering at Les Maries de la Mer. Sainte Gilles fitted the bill  with a little campsite tucked in behind the main street.

Miles travelled: 52 miles approx

Total distance travelled: 584 miles

Ascent: 625ft approx.

2 thoughts on “Day 26 – Along the coast to a Gypsy Festival”

  1. Caught up on the Grand Tour…. What a brilliant journey. Looking like it’s not quite so steep. Glad to see the pastis is helping!! Your Beautiful and atmospheric photos are really telling the story well.l and for a cycling novice the canal paths look much more manageable. So much wide blue (mostly!) sky snd space for breathing. Wonderful!
    Enjoy !

    1. Thanks Alex! Yes we’re having a good trip. We met up with Abi & Guy in their motorhome, having packed up the tandem into 2 bags and travelled from Arles to Lyon.

      They’re loking after our tandem for us whilst we continue our journey into Italy, and then Albania. We meet up with them towards the nd of June somewhere in the Lakes to tge north of Milan.
      Simon and Molly.

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