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Port Saint Louis du Rhône

40 km South of Arles and 70 km from Marseille A55 motorway.

Discover the village of Port-Saint-Louis-du-Rhône between Marseille and Les Saintes Maries de la Mer

Port Saint Louis du Rhône

Located in the Fos sur Mer basin, the city and the port of Port Saint Louis developed at the mouth of the Grand Rhône. As the crow flies, Port St Louis is approximately halfway between Marseille and Saintes Maries de la Mer.

The ports of Port-Saint-Louis

industrie Port Saint Louis

Its activity is mainly geared towards the sea and the industries linked to the port complex of the Fos sur Mer basin. Port St Louis offers six equipped ports, i.e. a thousand locations, 1 fishing port, 2 dry ports with all the corresponding construction and repair services.

A town at the gateway to the Camargue

tourisme port saint louis du rhône

By visiting Port St Louis, you will not be able to forget that the city is really at the gates of the Camargue. The architecture and style of the houses is that of the Camargue. Located at the southern end of the department and surrounded by swamps, it is also called a city from the end of the world.

Often neglected tourist routes, Port St Louis offers beautiful walks and many leisure activities around the port.

Tourism: Napoleon beach

Port St Louis is also the kingdom of fishing and shellfish farming (thanks to its richness in plankton, the Rhône delta is very rich in fish and shellfish), its 10 km long Napoleon beach, the Roustan and the de la Gracieuse are frequented in summer and winter by snowboard enthusiasts, sand yachts, kites, speed sail and funboard (championships, competitions and world speed record take place there each year).

Saint-Louis tower

By taking an interest in the city's heritage, you will discover its main historic monument: the Saint Louis Tower (18th century) which served as a surveillance post and refuge for the populations. Today the Tower houses the tourist office. On the first floor, you will visit the superb ornithological collection which brings together 168 naturalized birds. On the second floor terrace you will have a panoramic view of the entire Camargue, the St Louis canal, the mouth of the Rhône and the salt marshes.

The Favouillane sheepfold

Do not miss the Favouillane sheepfold (early 19th century) which is one of the last traditional sheepfolds in the Camargue, it is one of the largest in the region and at the time (50m long and 12m wide) it is still occupied today by a shepherd and his flock.

The market

The weekly market is held every Wednesday and Saturday morning in downtown Port Saint Louis. An opportunity to stock up on seafood and Provencal produce.

A good restaurant in Port Saint Louis

If you're looking for a pleasant restaurant in Port Saint Louis du Rhône, we recommend "Les Trois Voiles" and "Le Comptoir des Gourmands". You'll have a great time there, and the Mediterranean cuisine is very good.

Our map of Port St Louis (postal code 13230)

To find your way around Port-Saint-Louis-du-Rhône, you can use our interactive map of the village on this page. Here you'll find the town's various points of interest as well as our accommodation recommendations.

What to see

Tour Saint Louis (XVIII °). Saint Louis Church. Ornithological exhibition at the St Louis Tower. Bergerie de Favouillane.
Shellfish hamlet.

Leisure activities

Hiking. Horse riding.
Fitness trail. Climbing wall. Bike renting. Tennis.
Napoleon Beach speed channel. Mini golf. Ball trap area. Boules pitch.
Fishing port. Marina (313 rings).
Napoleon Beach, Olga Beach and They de la Gracieuse.
Nautical center of Carteau. Peach. Cinema. Arena: 2,300 seats.
Exhibitions. Summer entertainment.
Fair on the 1st Monday in August.
Market on Wednesday morning (downtown) and Saturday morning (Faubourg Hardon).


Located on the seafront, Hôtel Restaurant La Plage offers 2-star accommodation, a garden, a shared lounge and a terrace. It features a restaurant and bar. All accommodation at Hôtel Restaurant La Plage features a flat-screen TV, air conditioning and a private bathroom with shower and free toiletries. Some have a sitting area. Bed linen and towels are provided. The hotel offers a bicycle rental service for exploring the surrounding area.


A very pretty campsite near the Côte Bleue. In the heart of the Midi region, Camping Félix de la Bastide welcomes you to rent mobile homes, lodge tents or pitches spread over 4.5 hectares. Situated on the edge of a lagoon, the campsite is close to two beaches, a small natural one 30m away, where you can easily go canoeing, kayaking or paddle-boarding, and a second supervised beach 300m away, where swimming is very pleasant. Ideal for family holidays.


Holiday rentals.



You've sent us several questions about Port-Saint-Louis-du-Rhône. Here are our answers to your most frequently asked questions. Don't hesitate to contact us if you have any further questions.

What are the inhabitants of Port-Saint-Louis-du-Rhône called?

The inhabitants of Port Saint Louis are called "Saint-Louisiens" and "Saint-Louisiennes". There are around 8,600 inhabitants in the town, which was more populous in the 1980s when local industry was flourishing and employing many more people.

Why is Napoleon beach so named?

No, Napoleon didn't come ashore and make sandcastles on this beach. The pretty Napoleon beach on the Mediterranean Sea was named in honor of the French Emperor for no direct reason, even though Napoleon was responsible for the creation of the canal running from Arles to Bouc and passing through Port-Saint-Louis.

What to do in Port-Saint-Louis-du-Rhône?

Port-Saint-Louis is ideal for water sports (windsurfing, kitesurfing...). Take advantage of its proximity to the Parc Naturel Régional de la Camargue to discover this magnificent region. Finally, take a stroll through the village center, see the pretty Tour Saint Louis, visit the bergerie de Favouillane... in short, there's plenty to do in Port St Louis!


Fos sur Mer (23 km), Port de Bouc (29 km), Istres (29 km) and Martigues (35 km).

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