Plage de la Franqui, Plage des Coussoules - Leucate
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Plage de la Franqui,
Plage des Coussoules

Plage de la Franqui, Plage des Coussoules - Leucate

Plage de la Franqui, Plage des Coussoules - Leucate

Plage de la Franqui, Plage des Coussoules - Leucate

Plage de la Franqui, Plage des Coussoules - Leucate

Plage de la Franqui, Plage des Coussoules - Leucate
 
Plage de la Franqui, Plage des Coussoules - Leucate

La Franqui and its beach of Les Coussoules with 5 miles of fine sand has a claim to be the oldest seaside resort on the Languedoc coast. In the past it was a port of call for Phoenician and Roman galleys, today la Franqui is a Kingdom of kiteboarding, windsurfing and landsailing.

Every genuine beach or seaside resort has been granted an exceptional location by the gods. La Franqui is no exception. The oldest seaside resort on the Langudoc coast nestles in a pine forest that backs onto the rocky plateau of Cap Leucate, at the foot of the only cliffs that exist between Marseille and Port-Bou.

Fronting the resort is Coussoules beach with its 5 miles of fine sand that stretch lazily from la Grande Bleue to l’Etang de la Palme. As a backdrop, there is la Clappe massif, Mount Saint-Clair and Canigou peak.

The array of colours is striking: the cerulean blue of the sea, the murky green of l’étang (lake), the golden yellow sand, the dazzling white of the cliffs and the green of the scrubland. Who could ask for more? The area was frequented formerly by Paul Gauguin, then by Charles Trenet and today by Jérôme Savary. This tiny resort which is a locality in the district of Leucate has managed to escape the ravages of concrete and modernity.
  La Franqui – Nineteenth century charm

Even though the shores have been visited by Phoenician and Roman galleys since antiquity, the resort itself was born at the start of the 20th century. A man namedÉmi He also built the first two of the resort’s villas - Villas Amélie and les Goélettes which are still there today. His hotel restaurant l’Excelsior rapidly became a Mecca for society life, visited by illustrious guests such as the painter Gauguin. As the brother in law of the property developer and the son of the painter Géo de Monfreid (who has a few impressionist paintings on display at the Musée d’Orsay), the writer and adventurer Henry de Monfreid also did a great deal for the site’s reputation. This highly colourful character appears in his actual identity in the Tintin book The Pharaoh’s Cigars. By some miracle la Franqui has been able to preserve its nineteenth century feel, its hundred-year old pine trees, its old villas and grand hotels which have today been transformed into furnished apartments for tourists. All of this gives the place an irresistible old-fashioned charm.

La Franqui’s windy reputation made a decisive leap in 1996 when the Mondial du Vent began. This event which takes place every year at Easter has, with the passing of time, made a major impact as an international boardsport competition for kitesurfing and windsurfing. The supreme confirmation came in 2007 when Leucate became the only French round in the Kiteboarding and Freestyle World Tour (PKRA.) This distinction means that for a few days it hosts the cream of the world’s boarding community and the biggest sponsors. The atmosphere almost becomes hysteric during the spectacular speed crossing in which twelve of the world’s best kiteboarders come up against twelve of the world’s best windsurfers for long distance speed trials. It is a spectacle that is worth every bit of the journey! Finally Coussoules beach is the only site on the Mediterranean where Land Sailing is practiced. It was on the wonderful sands of this beach that on 6th June 2000 Tadeg Normand attained the world record speed of 94.3 mph which to this day has never been beaten. On that day La Franqui became the fastest beach in the world. Not bad for a resort that began only a century ago!

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Plage de la Franqui, Plage des Coussoules - Leucate

Plage de la Franqui, Plage des Coussoules - Leucate

Plage de la Franqui, Plage des Coussoules - Leucate

Plage de la Franqui, Plage des Coussoules - Leucate

Plage de la Franqui, Plage des Coussoules - Leucate

Plage de la Franqui, Plage des Coussoules - Leucate
  Opening Plage de la Franqui, Plage des Coussoules - Leucate:

- 01 january t/m 31 december
 
 
Aude Tourisme Qualité Sud de France La Région Languedoc-Roussillon Qualité Tourisme Leucate, Tourisme

Equipments and Services:
 
  * Beach
* Sea
* Sand: Fine
* Setting: Rural
* Restaurant
* Groups Accepted
* Bar
* Toilets
* Walking/Hiking
* Parking distance: 2 mins
  Sightseeing
 
- Château de Peyrepertuse
- Rennes le Château
- Château de Puilaurens
- Château de Puivert
- Château de Montségur
- Le Château d'Arques
- Château Villerouge-Termenès
- Saint Hilaire
- Forteresse de Salses
- Les Quatre Châteaux de Lastours
- Château Féodal de Fitou
- L'Abbaye de Villelongue (Abbaye Cistercienne)
- Abbaye de Fontfroide
- L'Abbaye de Saint-Papoul
- Abbaye de Saint-Polycarpe
- Carcassonne, 'La Cité'
- Château Chalabre
- Château d'Aguilar
- Château d'Usson
- Château de Quéribus
- Château de Termes
- Château et Remparts de la Cité de Carcassonne
- Carcassonne, Le Pont Vieux
- Lagrasse
- Carcassonne, la Bastide Saint-Louis
- Caunes-Minervois
- Grotte de Limousis
- Le Gouffre Géant de Cabrespine
- Gorges de Caune-Pont (Gorges de Coynepont)
- Gorges de Gouleyrous
- Gorges de Padern
- Gorges de Pierre Lys
- Gorges du Congoust
- Gorges du Termenet
- Gorges du Torgan
- Gorges du Verdouble et le Moulin de Ribaute
- Grotte de Fontrabiouse
- Grotte de l'Aguzou
- Grottes des Grandes Canalettes
- Les Gorges de Galamus - Saint-Paul-de-Fenouillet
- Pont de Ribaute
- Rivière de St Laurent de la Cabrerisse
- Bulles et Lumières - Maison Guinot - Limoux
- Cathédrale Saint-Just et Saint-Pasteur - Narbonne
- Corbières
- Pyreneeën
- Sidobre
- Terra Vinea - Portel-des-Corbières
- La Réserve Africaine de Sigean
- Musée de l'Abbé Saunière - Rennes-le-Château
- Saissac
- Montagne Noire (Black Mountains)
- Ille-sur-Têt - Les Orgues
- La Curiosité de Lauriole
- Les 9 Écluses de Fonséranes - Béziers
- Eburomagus - la Maison de l'Archéologie - Bram
- Le Jardin Botanique de Foncaude - Feuilla
- Le Labyrinthe des Vignes - Arzens
- Le Petit Train de la Cité de Carcassonne
- Le Petit Train de Narbonne
- Le Sentier Sculpturel de Mayronnes
- Les Calèches de la Cité de Carcassonne
- Les Papillons d'Amarante - Lesparrou
- Moulin d'Omer - Les Maîtres de mon Moulin - Cucugnan
- Musée Archéologique de Peyriac-de-Mer
- Musée de l'Abbé Saunière - Rennes-le-Château
- Musée de l'Ecole - Carcassonne
- Musée de la Chapellerie, Espéraza
- Musée de Paléontologie de Villeneuve-Minervois
- Musée de Préhistoire de Tautavel
- Musée des Arts et Métiers du Livre - Montolieu
- Musée des Automates - Limoux
- Musée des Beaux-Arts - Carcassonne
- Musée des Corbières - Sigean
- Musée des Dinosaures d'Espéraza
- Musée des Potiers Gallo-Romains d'Amphoralis
- Musée du Catharisme - Maison des Mémoires de Mazamet
- Musée du Quercorb - Puivert
- Musée du Verre de Sorèze
- Musée du Vieux Sallèles - Sallèles d'Aude
- Musée Hurepel de Minerve
- Musée Lapidaire - Narbonne
- Musée Mémoires du Moyen-Age - Carcassonne
- Musée National 'Ensérune - Nissan-lez-Ensérune
- Musée Petiet - Limoux
- Maison Déodat Roché - Arques
- Maison de la Truffe - Villeneuve-Minervois
- Maison Natale de Charles Trenet - Narbonne
- Maison des Mémoires - Maison Joë Bousquet - Varcassonne
- Moulin Bénazeth - Moulin à Vent - Villeneuve-Minervois
- Musée & Jardins du Canal du Midi - Revel
- Musée 1900 - Lagrasse
- Musée Archéologique de Narbonne
- Musée Archéologique du Lauragais - Castelnaudary
- Musée d'Art et d'Histoire - Narbonne
- Musée d'art moderne de Céret
- Musée d'Art Moderne Fonds Peské - Collioure
 

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  Plage de la Franqui,
Plage des Coussoules

Leisure - Watersports - Beach - Windsurfing
 
La Plage de la Franqui
La Plage des Coussoules

Leucate Tourist Office
Espace Henry de Monfreid
Port Leucate BP17
11370 Leucate
 
Phone +33 4.68.40.91.31
Fax -


Email -
info@leucate.net

Website -
www.tourisme-leucate.fr

Rates, Methods of payment -
Adults: Free
Children: Free
 
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Le Calamar en Folie

Le Calamar en Folie - Leucate



Our restaurant "Le Calamar en Folie" is located in La Franqui in the pond of Leucate. We offer Mediterranean cuisine in an unusual and natural setting where you can enjoy our specialties of meat/fish and wine selections. Our specialties: Combines trimmed squid, parillades fish, paella and zarzuela This season we offer new a la carte: Fresh shrimp with cream of peas, Mejillones (mussels stuffed with butter snails), cabillaud sauce llauna....


Domaine Presqu’île de La Franqui

Domaine Presqu’île de La Franqui - Leucate



Domaine Presqu’île de la Franqui offers top-quality holidays right by the famous Coussoules beach, a long sandy beach famous for windsurfing and kitesurfing. Our glamping offers luxurious accommodations and high-quality services to make your stay unforgettable, while keeping it in harmony with nature. Domaine Presqu’île de la Franqui is settled in a 7-acre domain within a breathtaking natural environment, alongside famous beach Les Coussoules known for watersport. Because our campsite is a car-free domain you can enjoy your holiday in peace, reading a book on the sun terrace or by the pool, while your children play in complete safety. Take a drink at the poolside bar, dine in the restaurant, unwind in our spa or sauna, or spoil yourself with a massage. Spend a night glazing at the stars from your private hot tub or take advantage of the many activities and courses offered by our partners, our room service and bike rental. Nearby Domaine Presqu’île de la Franqui, practice various outdoor activities : watersport, horse riding, mountain biking, and more! Holidays at Domaine Presqu’île de La Franqui are dedicated to family and nature!


Adrenaline Kitesurf

Adrenaline Kitesurf - La Franqui / Leucate

Adrenaline is a kitesurfing school in La Franqui / Leucate near Perpignan (Languedoc Roussillon) which offers a kitesurf course for each level, and a shop where you will find boards, wings and accessories at the best price. If you want to learn kitesurfing, there is no better place than here in ADRENALINE, La Franqui. We gather here the ideal conditions for this new and fabulous snow sports. - beautiful sandy beaches that stretch over several kilometers - lagoons of several kilometers long where the water comes to the knee - and the Mediterranean Sea just lick the steps of the store....


La Stregheria

La Stregheria - La Franqui - Leucate



The antiques give this place a singular soul. Side bar, the cocktail is organized around tapas, pintxos ... just off the beach. It continues with the wines, good music and often beautiful meetings. Large benches that punctuate the garden defines the restaurant area, you can sample the chef ... and enjoy. The menu varies throughout the season. We work with fresh produce; often from local fisheries and small producers. Later on, when the evening drags on ... with a Ti Punch...La Franqui also seems to be a small paradise. It was once a former boarding house recently completely renovated. We created a summer restaurant on the ground floor in the garden. Imagine a garden full of colors and surprises; a heaven of freshness and lightness, a bit quirky. In the kitchen, we look to the welfare requirements of products without denaturing them. Our kitchen is simple, it focuses on the Mediterranean and on our beautiful region. Couteaux, tellines, poissons de lignes are in the spotlight, but do not miss to taste the rest...


Restaurant
Les Voiliers

Restaurant Les Voiliers - Leucate



The restaurant Les Voiliers offers throughout the year a rich flavor kitchen and a map based on fresh products with a predominance of the day for fish and seafood: poissons entiers cuits au four (loup, dorade royale, st Pierre...). And the dishes that have made the restaurant's reputation as the tuna steak Rossini, la marmitte du voilier, la fricassée de lotte et de St Jacques... The glacier bar area offers non-stop service, you will taste the all kinds of ice creams, housemade pancakes 'family recipe' and the cocktails...


Hôtel Restaurant La Côte-Rêvée

Hôtel Restaurant La Côte-Rêvée - Leucate



La Côte-Rêvée is a small charming and quiet hotel open all the year round, seven days a week, located at the far end of Leucate, on a sandy beach in an exceptional setting two kilometres away from the cliffs. Do not hesitate to contact us to book a room with a sea view for a week end or a long stay. Our sea food restaurant will offer you the best choice of fresh local food. La Côte-Rêvée can be the starting point for various outdoor activities (walks, mountain biking,) without forgetting wine or oyster-tasting sessions.....



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