From the wild spaces of the Petite Camargue to the creeks of the Côte Vermeille, the destination Occitanie, Pyrénées Méditerranée has a unique maritime sea front more than 220 kilometres long, lying along the Mediterranean

Wild areas, fine sandy beaches, fishing ports, places where you can dive… the coastline harbours treasures jealously preserved, whether it be the superb natural setting of Collioure, the nature reserve of the Clape, the diving zones of Cap d’Agde, the lido near Sète, the unique atmosphere between sea and lakes of the Grand Travers between Carnon and Grande Motte, the immensity of the eleven kilometres of unspoilt beach of l’Espiguette in Grau du Roi. A unique kingdom of sands

More than 200 kilometers of unspoilt coastline

Aigues-Mortes and the Petite Camargue

To the west of the Rhône, from the sea to the Costières du Gard, the petite Camargue extends a mosaic of landscapes. Vines and rice fields, agricultural land irrigated by ‘roubines’. Meadows and marshes where black bulls and white Camargue horses browse. Sansouïres, between marsh and lake, which are tinted in autumn with the red colour of the Salicornia. A reedbed, harbouring purple herons, bitterns, ducks and other water nesting birds.

Girded with impressive ramparts flanked with six towers including that of Constance, a symbol of the power of Saint-Louis, Aigues-Mortes resembles a citadel of stones in a universe of water. The alleyways and shaded places of the city breathe a gentle way of life. Seen from the covered way on the ramparts the salt marshes have a geometry with pink, blue and ochre nuances. The salt flower, manually harvested by the saltworkers (sauniers), forms white heaps bordering the reddening water (‘camelles’). The micro-algae that colour them are appreciated by pink flamingos which are just some of the numerous guests of the saltpans to be visited in a little train with the ascent of a camelle or by mountain bike with a guide.

Sete and Thau lagoon, paradise for oysters

If the Ile Singulière as it is called is today the first fishing port in the Mediterranean, its vocation as a port was not born yesterday and is inscribed in the town’s layout. Alleyways bordered with narrow houses with coloured frontages, washing at the windows, chairs on the pavement to cool down and chat… 

From Bouzigues to Mèze oyster beds criss-cross the Thau lagoon. The oyster is the pearl of this lagoon where farms are sometimes open to the public to visit and sell on directly their harvest of oysters and mussels. The museum of the Etang de Thau highlights every aspect of the oyster-farming tradition which has made this lagoon’s reputation. It is also celebrated for its biodiversity. Walking along the lake from the museum via the Angle creek allows you to drink in its particular atmosphere, to watch, in the shadow of the umbrella pines, the silver sheen of the fish, the spectacular diving of the terns or the graceful step of the avocet. Musée de l’étang de Thau. Tel. 33 (0)4 67 78 33 57 – bouzigues.fr

The Clape and the Narbonnaise

Long sandy beaches, marshes and lakes, the clear gulfs sung of by Trenet mark out the seaside resorts here. Narbonne-Plage with numerous nautical activities; Saint-Pierre la Mer whose most unspoilt beach stretches out as far as the lake of Pissevaches; Gruissan, an old fishing and wine-making village and its chalets on piles. Port-la-Nouvelle and its long beach of La PalmeLeucate, a spot celebrated for sand-yachting and kite-surfing, and its cliff that dominates the sea; La Franqui which possesses one of the most beautiful
beaches in France…

At the heart of a natural world preserved by the Regional Nature Park, the Narbonne area reveals multiple facets from scrubland to vineyards, dotted with superb wine-producing abbeys.

Catalan coast and Vermillon coast

From Barcarès to Argelès-sur-Mer, the Catalan coast or Radiant Coast, stretches out its kilometres of sandy coastline between sea and lakes. The Vermillon coast is a palette of colours: the blue of the sea, the white of the summits of the Pyrenees, the green of hills that are wooded or furrowed with vines, turquoise creeks, golden sands…

Here the sand gives way to rocks, the massif des Albères plunges into the sea. The beaches nest in the creeks, the ports in the hollow of the bays… Argelès-sur-Mer and the unspoilt beach of Le Racou, Collioure, Port-Vendres and its village backing on to a hillside facing the lagoon, Banyuls famous for its wines and its picturesque alleyways. Cerbère and its amazing hotel Rayon Vert. The wild coast, the capes of Béar and Rédéris, unroll the magic carpet of the Roussillon coast as far as Spain.

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