Abbatiale de Saint-Gilles © Mairie de Saint-Gilles


Saint-Gilles is like an open-air museum, a town with a rich historic and cultural legacy, set close to typical Camargue countryside. Its renown derives from its links to a Greek hermit called Gilles, who founded a monastery here in the Dark Ages that became a place of pilgrimage and gave rise to many legends. In medieval times, it was an important stop on the pilgrimage route to Santiago de Compostela what with its major abbey, now listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Look out too for the town’s rare Romanesque houses and visit its museum to learn more about its exceptional past. 


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