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ViaRhôna, roaming along the Rhône river

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24: ViaRhôna from Arles to Port-St-Louis-du-Rhône

[ Cycle routes ViaRhôna, Lake Geneva <> Mediterranean sea ] [ ViaRhôna from Avignon to Port-St-Louis-du-Rhône ]
  • 42 km
  • intermediaire Level Intermediate

The historic town of Arles stands just north of the Camargue. Famed for its Roman monuments, the whole place is steeped in history and packed with art treasures. Leaving town via the Pont Van Gogh (this bridge’s name recalling the time the great Dutch Impressionist spent in Arles), ViaRhôna leads you towards the Rhône Delta along a pretty greenway running beside the Canal d’Arles à Fos. Be aware that the way has not been thoroughly maintained in recent times and can be dangerous between the Fos lock and Port-Saint-Louis-du-Rhône. From the latter, a cycle path leads you to the sea and the possibility of a well-deserved swim at beautiful Plage Napoléon. En route, visit the Marais Vigueirat marshes by Mas-Thibert.

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The route
A part of the ViaRhôna stage has been set up from south of Arles, from the Pont Van Gogh. Beyond the bridge, there’s a fine tarmacked cycle track lasting 6km, as far as the Pont du Mas de la Ville. Then the track is made of compact sand that is not always that well maintained for the time being, going up to the Fos lock. At the end of this track (marked by wind turbines), follow the canal up to the D 35 road where the route comes to an end. Be aware, the D 35 is a very busy road in to Port-Saint-Louis, so take very great care along it.
At the entrance to Port-Saint-Louis, take the cycle track 250m after the intersection with the D 268 road. Follow a stretch of sandy track, then a tarmacked piece leading you up to a drawbridge. Note that it is complicated to take your bike through the restrictive access control measures in place here. After the bridge, take the first right and join the cycle track along Route de Napoléon, the road leading to the beach.

 

Liaison
From the bridge at Mas-Thibert, there’s a lovely tarmacked link taking you along to reach the Marais du Vigueirat marshes (2.5km). It’s worth the detour.

SNCF train services

Arles train station :
Line 8 : Marseille > Arles > Tarascon > Avignon
Line TER Avignon > Tarascon > Nîmes  > Montpellier
Line TER 10 : Marseille > Avignon > Orange > Valence > Lyon
Line TGV : Paris Gare de Lyon (4 hours)
Buses to Marseille, Les Saintes-Maries de la Mer, Les Salins de Giraud

 

Fos-sur-Mer train station

Line TER Miramas > Marseille St Charles

Buses

Car Treize

Line 21: Port Saint Louis > Arles  par Mas Thibert
Line 34: Martigues > Marseille  par Fos sur Mer, Port de Bouc, Martigues, Chateauneuf les Martigues, Gignac

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Tourist Offices :

Arles

Tel : 04 90 18 41 20
Port Saint Louis du Rhône

Tel : 04 42 86 01 21

Salin-de-Giraud

TEL : 04 42 86 89 77

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