Signposting in France is a hit or miss affair and we made the mistake of following the 'Piėtons' (pedestrians) sign from the Maison Carrėe, which took us up a long, fairly steep street to the tower, rather than the shorter route up through the gardens. It was a very hot day and we were very glad of the cold drinks machines in the base of the tower.
Once inside, using our three attraction tickets bought at Les Arènes, we found the history of the tower on a series of panels at the foot of the spiral staircase. We visited at lunch time, when it was fairly quiet, and had no problems meeting people coming down the narrow staircase, and for a time had the view to ourselves. It was slightly hazy so the view was really confined to the city, the whole of which was spread out below us.
The interior of the tower was excavated and the contents removed in the 17th century in search of hidden treasure, which was never found, but it is still an interesting structure.
We returned via the gardens, which are delightful, and the cool shade of the upper parts was in contrast to the baking heat around the tower.
Well worth the effort.
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