Beaches

With 214 km of golden sandy beaches in the Languedoc, there are plenty of beaches to choose from.  Whether it is Narbonne Plage, with its Aquapark, or the peaceful small resort of Leucate Plage you are sure to find your favourite beach. At most of the resorts you can try your hand at sailing or windsurfing, or you can simply relax in the sun.

Here is a small selection of nearby beaches:

Narbonne Plage is typical of the traditional Languedoc seaside resorts and at one end of the 5 km clean, sandy beach is a large marina. In the summertime, it also has a water amusement park, open daily until mid-night.

Gruissan Plage is on the same road as Narbonne Plage and is noted for its strange 19th century beach huts.  These huts are built on stilts and were for the use of holidaymakers from Narbonne.  There is also a windsurfing club in Gruissan, where you can learn to windsurf or improve existing skills.  It is also possible to go sea fishing from here.

 

Leucate Plage, still within 45 minutes of La Maison Des Vignes and our favourite beach, is sheltered by the cliffs that overlook the resort. The village of Leucate has the feel of a typical Mediterranean village and from here it is possible to hike to the Cap Leucate nature reserve or join one of the organised visits to the oyster beds.

Valras-Plage has sand that stretches for 4 km and the beach is a great place for families to swim safely.  This resort has plenty of restaurants and cafes in the charming streets radiating from the beach and if you are feeling lucky there is even a casino.

If you fancy a change from the beach, Lac de Jouarres is only 5 km from La Maison Des Vignes, covers 296 acres and even in the height of summer it is never crowded.

During the summer season the lifeguards keep a watchful eye on the shingle beach (it’s worth bringing some swim shoes if you have sensitive feet) and there are plenty of grassed areas to safely play, relax in the sunshine or simply snooze in the shade of one of the many trees. Lac de Jouarres has plenty of car parking as well as a snack bar that is open all day.