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Gruissan Plage

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The coastline running the length of the eastern edge of the Aude department in the Languedoc-Roussillon is dominated by miles of golden sandy beach stretching from the mouth of the River Aude intercepted by lagoons and edged with endless blue sea! It is no wonder that going on vacation here is as popular with the French as it is with foreign visitors. For many of them, lazing on the beach soaking in the sun, or sitting at portside bistros sipping from a cool glass of wine is more than enough to fill the day. But, with first class facilities and sights of historic and cultural interest, there is so much more on offer along this most impressive coastline. 
 

Modern resorts such as Narbonne-Plage and Saint-Pierre-sur-Mer, Gruissan, Port-la-Nouvelle and Port-Leucate have the advantage of having both good quality beach resorts, with plenty of facilties and activities - especially watersports - whilst also having interesting local history to explore. And for those who prefer a much less hectic beach holiday try the wilder beaches at Les Ayguades, La Franqui and Leucate-Plage....

Portiragnes Plage  

"A way of life in harmony with nature characterised by the practice of communal nudity, with the intention of encouraging self-respect, respect for others and for the environment."
Portiragnes Plage
  Sérignan-Plage
Sérignan-Plage  

Sérignan Plage has all the facilities you need for a family holiday and more besides. There is the gigantic outdoor lagoon pool, complete with waterslides and shallow pools for the little ones.

For those looking to relax, there is a waterspa fitness centre, which is free for our customers, offers a unique spa experience, with its hydromassage whirlpool and underwater massage path. Like Portiragnes and Vendres, Sérignan feels more remote and wild, with a grassy sand bank hiding the few buildings that sit behind the beach. You can just see Cap D'Agde in the distance and the etang (inland lake) borders the north end of the beach. The restaurant behind the sand bank offers simple meals. You can also rent miniature ponies for kids to ride on.
 
 

Valras Plage  


The 4 km beach at Valras-Plage is not everyone’s favourite – some cite that the modern resort developments along the beach are ugly and other say that it gets too busy for their liking, but actually the beach is really good. This wide swathe of sand at the estuary of the River Orb offers plenty of sporting facilities, including beach volleyball and football and the tourist office can provide you with a list of activities you can join.
Valras Plage
There are lifeguard services during the summer season, a crèche for children over 3 years old, and a rental places for jet skis, catamarans, motorboats, parascending and pedalos. You can also spend a lovely couple of hours on a boat trip on the River Orb. There are plenty of restaurants, bars, cafés and ice cream parlours to choose from, and on Mondays and Fridays there is a local produce market to enjoy.

Vendres Plage

Vendres Plage  


 
Vendres is one of the more hidden beaches, despite being just below busy Valras. It has quite a wild feel, and is very straight and long. Unfortunately, you can see the concrete of Valras in the distance and the sand is a little gritty, but its large and remote enough for you to feel you've escaped.

Saint Pierre la Mer   

St Pierre la Mer and St Pierre sur Mer are one in the same village, but like its double name it has a split personality to match. During the winter season, the town is closed up tight like the bivalves that it is famous for: oysters and mussels.
Saint Pierre la Mer

There live 50O permanent residents that brave the cold sea winds in of December-- last year we even had snow! There is only one little casino outpost of a grocery store and half the time the shelves are bare since there is no demand. A vehicle is necessary since the bus system is not running and to get supplies you have to take one of the two roads out to get to either Narbonne in the south or Beziers in the North. During the summer St Pierre La Mer becomes a thriving beach resort town of more than 100,000 people! The resort of Saint Pierre la Mer, with its fishing port of Cabanes de Fleury, has more than 5 miles of fine sandy beach and offers a wide range of sports.

Narbonne Plage
Narbonne Plage  

Narbonne (North): Like Languedoc's other big 'town beaches', Narbonne plage comes with a tacky mess of cheap restaurants and tourist shops.

But Narbonne's beach is larger and more spacious than Beziers' Valras, and somehow seems more lively than Montpellier's Carnon. There's also quite a lot for kids - with trampolines and swings and merry-go-rounds. Narbonne (South): Walk down Narbonne beach, and the buildings die out giving way to nothing but a flat, enormous stretch of sand. It's not particularly charming - but it has a certain atmosphere, and especially in winter, is a great place to walk with dogs. In summer, it's large enough that you can escape the crowds and have your own space.

Bages  

Bages
Bages is a picturesque fishing village on a steep rocky outcrop overlooking the Etang de Bages with its transient population of pink flamingos and other waterfowl. There is no longer much commercial fishing here, but it is increasingly popular with holidaymakers. he calm beauty of the lagoon, and the light.

As well as being an attractive place in its own right, it is conveniently placed for access both to Narbonne and to the sea. It has several restaurants, and the presence of two art galleries in this small village bears witness to its attractions for artists, here for the calm beauty of the lagoon, and the light.
 
Mateille Plage   


Mateille Plage
 
Very long, very wide, very flat - Mateille would probably be perfect for sand sailing. But as a beach to sit on, it just feels a little too big and flat and open, without much atmosphere and any interesting views. That said, it's large enough to promise a certain degree of privacy.
 

Gruissan Village
Gruissan Plage   

In its labyrinth of back streets, forming a circle around the castle, known as the "Tour de Barberousse", Gruissan has managed to preserve its old fishing and wine-growing village.
 
If you want to discover the truly Mediterranean character of this area, don't miss a stop at Gruissan. Explore the Clape massif, covered with fragrant pine forests filled with cicadas, the garrigue (scented scrubland) giving off wafts of thyme and rosemary, the shoreline with its beaches of golden sand and sea lagoons, AOC vineyards, and relics and monuments that are redolent with history.
 
 
Gruissan is a popular seaside resort village with a ruin on top of a hill above the village itself. Its beach is really a continuation of the massive, wide stretches of sand that start at St Pierre. Like Narbonne and Mateille, it is extremely flat and wide, and feels very open.
Gruissan Plage
 
It does benefit from being further from the ugly buildings of Narbonne Plage, and is right next to a popular sailing port, where you can rent wind surfers. Gruissan is a unique site in the Mediterranean. It has everything you may need for the perfect holiday. It is very French and quite a lively family resort in the summer.
 

Port la Nouvelle
Port la Nouvelle  

Port La Nouvelle, the freedom destination in the Mediterranean Sea, is an authentic town which many facets will appeal to you.
 
In a very family and convivial ambiance, let fall for its protected environment, its coloured markets and its joie de vivre during the all year. Traditional resort of the Aude coast, Port La nouvelle draws its long beaches of fine golden sand under the sun of the South. Some playgrounds and recreation areas for a 13 km long beach where we can have a go by turns at volley, windsurfing, riding, etc...
 
Port la Nouvelle

The sailing marina of Port la Nouvelle is situated at the mouth of the La Robine Canal, so it attracts both yachtsmen and people who enjoy canal boat holidays. A new port of call in the heart of the Mediterranean region, Port la Nouvelle also accommodates cruise liners. Whether you're on holiday or just taking a stopover in Port la Nouvelle, be sure to explore the many riches of the Aude countryside, just inland.

Sightseeing:
- ’Old’ Port la Nouvelle (ruins of the Vauban lighthouse)
- The Île de Sainte Lucie
- The Île de la Nadière, an old fishing village
- "Sentiers du golfe Antique" — country walks around the lagoons
- The whale museum. In the area.

Nearby:
- The Sigean African Reserve;
- The Terra Vinea site, where you can find out about the long history of vines and wine in the Mediterranean area.

Leucate, La Franqui
Leucate, La Franqui


Leucate, La Franqui

Leucate once an island is now a peninsula which has the Mediterranean on one side and the inland lakes on the other. It is the gateway to the Mediterranean natural pak and recreation area and boasts around 17km of natural resources that include beaches, trails and wild landscapes.

Leucate Village
La Franqui was one of the original seaside resorts in the Aude department, having a great location at the foot of a cliff and a large 8km sandy beach that reaches out to meet the even larger sandy beach at Port la Nouvelle. It is known for its wind and has established itself as the kitesurfing and windsurfing resort of the region.

Very popular with wind surfers, La Franqui's beach is large and wide, with fine sand. There are two beaches, one just in front of a sweet village, and one further up the coast that is bordered by the sea on one side, and the etang (inland lake) on the other. The result is a long strip of 2-sided beach. It's windy here (thus the wind surfers) with pretty surroundings and relaxed, friendly restaurants.
 
Le Barcarès (Port)




Le Barcarès

Right in the north of the Pyrénées-Orientales, the beach at Le Barcarès is a haven for watersports fanatics. Famous for windsurfing – neighbouring Leucate in the Aude hosts the Mondial du Vent windsurfing and kiteboarding championships every year – there is a huge range of activities on offer including both aforementioned sports, jetskis for hire, wakeboarding, scuba diving or for the more sedate, boat hire. There is also an Aqualand set back from the beach for more aquatic fun!

Torreilles Plage
Torreilles Plage  

Finally, the build-up ends and the beach becomes more natural and wild. Torreilles beach is long and deep, with parking nearby.

It has two beach bar/restaurants (from June 1) which are a fun place to retreat to after a few hours of sweltering on your towel (try the L'Ovalie Beach 06 03 78 80 22) . Just sit here with your Pastis and olives watching the sail boats dart about, with the Pyrenees towering in the distance.
 
Sainte Marie la Mer




Sainte Marie la Mer

The buildings return at St Marie, with its holiday apartments and boardwalk. It's a good beach for families, with a bouncy castle, slides and some shops, restaurants and bars behind the beach. The beach is quite long but not that deep, and you'll have to put up with the sight of holiday homes behind it. It's also quite steep just before the water's edge.

Canet Plage
Canet Plage  

Canet-Plage Beach - Within easy reach of Perpignan (15 minutes away), the beach resort at Canet-Plage is very popular with locals and has seen a lot of development in recent years. With much of the architecture here dating from the 1970s, the predominant theme is modernity.

There are 9 kilometres of Blue Flag beaches here, with lifeguard service from May until the end of September, endless opportunities for water sports enthusiasts, numerous good restaurants, chic beach bars and clubs, and also a casino in the nearby town Canet-en-Roussillon. This is a very good spot to see and be seen – the beach clubs and bars are very trendy – often with djs or live music. The thing to do is get some enormous chic sunglasses, hire one of the beach bar loungers for the day (roughly €10 per person), order a cocktail and sit around in the sun looking glamorous! But Canet-Plage is not just for the fashionistas – there are also excellent children’s activities on offer, an aquarium, a seawater spa offering numerous beauty and therapy treatments, and local produce markets at different locations throughout the week. There is also access to the beach for wheelchair users.

There is a prevalent beach culture here, with many sporting activities centring on the fabulous sandy beaches of the resort. Also in the area are possibilities for horse-riding, cycling and hill walking, and many other sports are available with tennis courts and golf courses to keep everyone happy. In winter there is access to some excellent skiing in the nearby Pyrénéan mountains too... so although life is quieter in Canet Plage in the winter it certainly isn't dead!
 
Saint-Cyprien Plage




Saint-Cyprien Plage

St Cyprien is really 3 beaches - North, Central and South (also known as Plage de la Lagune). We've given it a 'Good' rating because the North and South portions of the beach are lovely - thin stretches of sand that go on for miles. The North beach is the best - bigger and with better sand than the Southerly stretch. The Central part of the beach is the commercial heart - with lots of shops and restaurants and the resulting fall in atmosphere and beauty. Like all of Perpignan's beaches, it's quite windy here (thanks to the Tramontane wind) so very popular with kite surfers. And of course, the views of the Pyrenees give the beach a certain atmosphere.

Argelès sur Mer
Argelès sur Mer  

The fame of Argeles has ensured that it has become one of France's most popular beaches - with millions of holiday makers descending on the place in summer.

As a result, the central section of the beach suddenly gets much more commercial - with lots of bouncy castles and tacky games arcades. There are also lots of shops, bars and restaurants catering to the throng, and in August the place gets incredibly crowded.
 
Racou Plage




Racou Plage

Racou feels like the end of Languedoc - as the coast finally (after hundreds of kilometres of running flat and straight) curves just before Collioure. Suddenly, hills and trees appear, giving Racou a cozier fee (it's like Leucate in this respect). As you sit on the beach, you're overlooked by ancient watch-towers, and behind you the buildings feel less commercial and more natural somehow. Racou has the feel of an Australian or Californian beach town, with lots of little shops and greenery. That said, the beach is not that long and can get very crowded. The beach shelves steeply, so when the sea is a bit rough, it can be a struggle to get out of the water. There's a small cabin which sells drinks, and around 8 cafes/restaurants at the back of the beach. An excellent place for the family.

Collioure
Collioure  

Collioure is gorgeous, with its ancient ramparts spilling in to the sea, and its Italian Riviera-esque shorefront restaurants and bars.

The beach, however, is just OK, a nice place to sit perhaps after a lunch on the promenade. Ultimately, however, Collioure just isn't about beaches - it's about sipping a good rose while the sun sets and soaking up the sophisticated atmosphere.
 
Banyuls-sur-Mer  

Banyuls is a nice enough place. It's smaller than Collioure and lacks its caché - but the various restaurants and bars lining the beach promenade are perfectly pleasant. The beach, like Collioure's, is small and pebbly, and really not the sort of place you'd want to sunbathe and swim. Far better to drive back up the coast to Racou or Argeles.

Banyuls-sur-Mer
 
Campsite
Le Sérignan Plage

Campsite Le Sérignan Plage - Sérignan Plage



When you're looking for a holiday on a campsite, Le Sérignan Plage campsite in South France is the obvious choice: it's easy to get to, has beautiful beachside holiday parks, and wonderful weather! If you choose the Yelloh! Village Le Sérignan Plage campsite, you'll find all this and more. In its oasis of greenery, our Village is as snug as a Provencal inn facing the Mediterranean. A top-quality campsite with a variety of facilities and activities, and a superb aqua park boasting 4 pools. Here, thanks to the balneotherapy, this is heaven for those who want to unwind, and the little nippers will be in their element with their own special facilities. A world of fresh water and sunshine for you to enjoy, amidst the fragrances of the Midi....


Campsite Naturiste
La Grande Cosse

Campsite Naturiste la Grande Cosse - Saint Pierre la Mer



Welcome to "France 4 Naturisme La Grande Cosse", a 3-star naturist campsite in the South of France, located on a peninsula in Aude near the Mediterranean Sea. At "La Grande Cosse" naturist campsite, you will enjoy a unique setting between the Mediterranean and the mountains. You will also enjoy direct access to a private and beautiful naturist beach with fine sand. "La Grande Cosse" naturist campsite offers a friendly atmosphere where you can enjoy naturism in peace and tranquillity. Our services and heated pool are open throughout the season. Watersports enthusiasts can enjoy windsurfing or catamaran sailing...


Campsite Beauséjour
 Sérignan-Plage

Campsite Beauséjour Sérignan-Plage



The Beauséjour campsite in Sérignan in the region of Languedoc-Roussillon welcomes you to an ecological beach in the Mediterranean coast. We have mobile homes (26 to 32 m²), cottages and chalets for rental, or pitches for tents andcaravans. We can offer you either shady or sunny pitches, whichever you prefer. Whether you plan to spend your holiday with family or whether you prefer a romantic getaway, you will be truly happy in the various accommodation types we offer. Surrounded by lavender and olive-trees, our 400 m² swimming pool under the sun awaits you with typical Mediterranean surroundings. You are invited to relax in the jacuzzi on the island in the middle of the pool. You can swim a few strokes in the 400 m² pool and splash around in the water always heated at an ideal temperature. In fact, the pool is heated from April to September at the Beauséjour campground for your own comfort, thereby guaranteeing that you can enjoy your swim to the full. Likewise, the deckchair areas are lightly cooled thanks to the mist sprays...


Campsite
Le Soleil d'Oc

Campsite Le Soleil d'Oc - Narbonne-Plage



Welcome at Campsite Soleil D’Oc ! In the center of the Regional Park of Narbonne in the Mediterranea, in a sumptuous setting, situated about 600 meters far from a wide sandy beach, the campsite Soleil d'Oc location lets you enjoy all the pleasures of water sports. Situated just 400 meters far from us, the massif of La Clape offers excursions in a wild natural beauty with Mediterranean fragrances....


Campsite
Les Ayguades

Campsite Les Ayguades - Gruissan



The Mediterranean, the sandy beach with no roads to cross, aqualudic heated space. With an ideal location between the sea and the natural park of Clape, camping Ayguades welcomes you rent or pitches. With its pitches looking out across the sea, the Les Ayguades campsite offers a fabulous setting for your holiday. The pitches measure approximately 100m² each. At the time you book, we will request details of your accommodation type (tent, motor home or caravan) in order to be able to offer you the pitch best suited to your requirements....


Campsite
Cap du Roc

Campsite Cap du Roc - Port-La-Nouvelle



Situated at 3 km from the harbor ‘La Nouvelle’ and next to Palma, the campsite ‘Le Cap du Roc’ is protected against wind by the presence rocky coast. It gives you the possibility to enjoy the calm and the beautiful landscapes of our region Languedoc-Roussillon. Near our camp-site you can find a grocery, a horse farm, tennis courts, surfing possibilities and kyte Surf. The campsite proposes various entertainment to the holiday-makers, such as swimming pool, grounds of pétanque, dances, karaokés, as well as various entertainment. Guaranteed joy and entertainment! The campsite has a playing field for children....


Campsite Rives
des Corbières

Campsite Rives des Corbières - Leucate



Port Leucate is part of the major Languedoc development which took place during the sixties and seventies and it is now a thriving resort. The campsite is situated on the old coast road into Port Leucate between the Etang de Salas and the beach, 800 m. from the centre of the town and port and only 150 m. from the beach. A mixture of trees provide reasonable shade for the 305 pitches, on good-sized sandy plots, all with 6A electricity connections. About 90 are used for mobile homes. With no tour operators this is a good value site, essentially French....


Campsite La Sirène

Campsite La Sirène - Argelès-sur-Mer



With Sirene Holidays you have nearly 50 years of experience at your service. Opt for one of our 4 campsite-clubs in the South of France at Argeles sur mer and Torreilles Plage. Because luxury is having a choice, each site has developed its own identity so that everyone can find a holiday to suit them... lazy days paddling by the pool, sports activities, barbecues, evening entertainment... This type of holiday is a big favourite for families, that’s why our campsites propose services adapted to all age groups. For a complete change of scenery, 16 hectares of luxurious tropical vegetation at a campsite referenced to be one of the most beautiful in France. For a holiday that will…....take your breath away!


Campsite L'Hippocampe

Campsite L'Hippocampe - Argelès-sur-Mer



This 5 star campsite is only 900 metres from the beach and is honoured to be partners with La Sirene, situated just across the road. The bracelet “club” gives you full access to the facilities and activities on both campsites. You can profit from all of the excellent services at La Sirene, and benefit from the calm that comes with a smaller campsite! Its heated aquatic park makes Hippocampe a dream destination for Low season. For our sports fans, Hippocampe has a large sports complex (football, multi-sports pitch, basket ball, beach volley…) where tournaments are organised for adults and kids. All of these facilities make Hippocampe a campsite that is highly recommended for a family holiday, for couples and for anyone that appreciates the pleasures of campsite life and of course…. being on holiday!!!!




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