We had already walked for a week before we got to Cavaillon, having come down from the Baronnies and across the Luberon. The weather had been extremely hot and we had taken refuge in an air-conditioned hotel at Cavaillon.
Having crossed the slow, sandy Durance river, we followed the rocky chain of the Alpilles to St-Rémy-de-Provence, then to Fontvieille. After that we came to the edge of the Camargue, which was covered with a network of canals, some of them without bridges, and eventually reached the majestic Rhône at Arles.
From here we set off across the Camargue proper, a flat land of marshes, lakes and canals, until we crossed the Petit Rhône (not as small as it sounds), followed by the Rhône-Sète canal, and arrived at St-Gilles.
Getting to Cavaillon
Cavaillon has a railway station so you can get there from almost anywhere in France.
Our route for this section
Day 3: Fontvieille to Saint-Gilles