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Published on : Wednesday, January 6, 2016
Le Boat, Europe’s leading operator of self-skippered boating vacations, offers outdoor enthusiasts the opportunity to plan their own itineraries while satisfying their active lifestyles. Among the popular destinations is the South of France, where swimming, biking and fishing are just a few of the activities available for cruises in sun-drenched Camargue and the scenic Lot Valley.
“For those who enjoy active vacations, Camargue and the Lot Valley are ideal, offering natural beauty, history and culture while satisfying the many sporting passions,” said Shannan Brennan, Le Boat’s head of Distribution and Marketing, U.S., Canada and Latin America. “The clean waters and beaches of Camargue are a mecca for watersports while the extraordinary wildlife and natural beauty of the Lot Valley are a paradise for hikers and other nature lovers.”
Kayaking and More in Camargue
Camargue is the perfect region for novice skippers to get their “sea legs” thanks to the limited number of locks that they’ll have to navigate throughout the suggested route. Known for its gorgeous beaches, Camargue features the Étang du Thau at Méze, the largest of the lagoons along the Languedoc Coast, that stretches for miles and is a refreshing spot for swimming. Camargue boaters can also fish the clean waters, as well as bike and walk the many scenic trails. They can also do watersports, such as kayaking and paddle boarding.
Wildlife is prominently featured along the Camargue route and is enthusiastically praised by visitors. One can spot more than 400 species of birds that live in the marshes, including pink flamingos, as well as wild white horses and bulls that graze the bountiful grasslands. Visitors can also ride the dunes and trails and take horseback rides at either the La Grande-Motte Riding School or the resort of Le Cap d’Adge.
A Lot to Do in Lot Valley
The Lot Valley cruise, known for its historical scenery, offers diverse opportunities for walking and biking. Highly recommended by past vacationers is biking to the Pech-Merle cave in Lot County and viewing the historic artwork found on the cave walls. Cruisers can bring their own bikes or rent them from Le Boat.
Exploring the many towns along the Lot Valley route is another favorite pastime. Cahors, the largest city in the area, features flower-lined streets and old timbered houses perfectly preserved since the Middle Ages. The city, situated on a peninsula with dramatic water views, is known for the famous “black” wine whose origin goes back hundreds of years. Fishing enthusiasts will enjoy the small village of Caillac, where a man-made lake provides great fishing. Meanwhile, the clean waters of the Lot River attracts watersport enthusiast from all over. From swimming and fishing to paddle boarding, cruisers will find a lot of things to do.
“With clean, modern boats for families and groups of all sizes in many regions of Europe, Italy and the British Isles, there’s always places to go, things to do and sights to see on a Le Boat vacation,” said Brennan. “We’ll always be happy to match up the active vacationer with the boat and cruise area that best meet their interests.”