In Occitania, a whole host of ideas for setting sail
Excursions in the sea and a wide range of short cruises on the Mediterranean at affordable prices. Explore Camargue, the island of Brescou and Maguelone, and the oyster beds at the Etang de Thau. You'll be amazed to see dolphins and even sperm whales! Or just enjoy the sea breeze from the bridge of a catamaran.
Between Port-Camargue and La Grande Motte
A dream come true:on board a catamaran! If you only have an hour, opt for a trip from Port Camargue, the number one marina in Europe, and head for La Grande Motte with its pyramid-shaped architecture. Do you have a little more time to spare? Then choose a half-day fishing trip. Equipment and bait are provided, plus help for beginners… And then a return to port with your catch. You can also choose a package with lunch or dinner at sea, a sunset trip, and perhaps even a "crazy boat party" at La Grande-Motte.
In Cap-d’Agde, get on board a catamaran with a transparent hull to see the sea bed near the volcanic island of Brescou.
THE VIEW FROM A BOAT IS AMAZING
Sète and the Etang de Thau
In Sète, from Quai Général Durand, the Subsea, a boat with underwater vision, is a chance to make a crossing of the port and the canals with a commentary. Then, set off towards the Etang de Thau for a visit to the oyster and mussel beds.
The Aquarius is equipped with a transparent hull and will take you for a perfect sea trip, giving you an all-round view of this unique town. Exclusive view of Mont Saint-Clair, the sailors' cemetery, the Théâtre de la Mer, the lido and the port facilities.
In Sète, the Mediterranean's number one fishing port, you can visit the fish market and meet the fishermen. Other dynamic ports: Le Grau du Roi, Agde, Port-Vendres, Port la Nouvelle.
Why not give the canals a try?
On the Robine Canal, which makes its way from Port-la-Nouvelle to Cuxac d’Aude, you can visit Narbonne and pass through a canal lock on a river scow. You will set off from near the Narbonne indoor market. On the Rhone Canal in Sète, leaving from Aigues-Mortes, a range of options for trips are on offer (lasting from 1 hour to 2 hours 30 minutes).
The Sète Tourist Office also organises one-day cruises with a paella on board, along the Canal du Midi, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site.
And what can we do after that?
Build some sand castles on the beaches of La Grande Motte. Have fun with your family at the L’île aux Loisirs holiday park in Cap d’Agde. Explore the chalets on stilts in Gruissan. Fly a kite on Leucate beach. Enjoy a swim in the sheltered creeks of Paulilles Bay, visit an anchovy canning factory in Collioure… There are thousands of ways to have fun on the Occitania coast.
Visit Camargue on the sightseeing boat, the Saint-Louis. Rice fields, bulls and flamingoes, Aigues Mortes, the Salins du Midi… Duration 2 hours 30 minutes. Leaving from Le Grau du Roi and Aigues-Mortes.
SEE THE DOLPHINS
Can you see dolphins in Occitania?
Absolutely! Leaving from the port of Canet-en-Roussillon, an encounter with dolphins (very regularly and all the year round), as well as sperm whales, fin whales, basking sharks, etc. You board a maxi-catamaran, the Navivoile, and set off for ten or so hours of observations at sea. A team of naturalists on board are on hand to answer your questions and tell you where to look.
Video 3 :35 © Navivoile.
- By car: the sea is never more than 30 minutes from an A9 motorway exit between Nîmes and the Spanish border.
- By plane: the airports in Nîmes, Montpellier, Béziers, Carcassonne and Perpignan have flights from and to many French and European cities.
- By train or bus: Montpellier, Nîmes, Béziers and Perpignan have high-speed train services. The Avignon-Cerbère TER (regional train) line stops at 12 Occitania seaside resorts. The Ouibus, Flixbus and Eurolines coach lines run to Nîmes, Montpellier and Perpignan.