LA GRANDE MOTTE
White pyramids by the sea
Why visit La Grande Motte?
- The only French town to be approved as "20th century heritage" in its entirety.
- Its avant-garde architecture is still unique in Europe.
- 7km of fine sand beaches and countless water sports. > The wealth of its natural setting (Le Ponant and L’Or lakes) and focus on plantlife in the town.
- Close to Montpellier (30 mins).
En 2018, la Grande Motte célèbre ses 50 ans ! C'est en effet en 1968 que les premiers habitants se sont installés dans la résidence "Le Provence". Les temps forts de cet anniversaire sont prévus en juillet, et de nombreuses expositions vous accueilleront jusqu'en septembre.
Voir le programme des 50 ans
LA GRANDE MOTTE AT FIRST GLANCE
A journey to wonderland
Experience a unique futuristic town by the Mediterranean. La Grande Motte is the work of a visionary architect: Jean Balladur. He was commissioned to design a sea resort on a marshy wasteland in the 60s. He built an exceptional site with pyramid residences inspired by Mexico's Pre-Columbian temples and the sea world.
Venture into this creation step by step. Walk or cycle on 25km of dedicated trails linked to the great Méditerranée à Vélo bike path (EuroVelo 8).
La Grande Motte is a leafy sea resort that's buzzing all year round. The town is home to 70% of tree-filled green areas and over 8000 permanent residents.
Decipher the symbols of a utopian town
Get a real insight into La Grande Motte with the many Tourist Information guided tours. You'll learn that "La Grande Pyramide" building is based on the Pic Saint-Loup's inverted reflection.
You'll also learn things like distinguishing Le Couchant, the "feminine" neighbourhood with seafront curvy buildings on the one hand. And Le Levant on the other hand, the "masculine" neighbourhood in the town centre with short pyramids and straight buildings.
La Grande Motte's wealth
La Grande Motte is surrounded by an incredible wealth of nature.
Le Ponant Lake (280 hectares), the mouth of the Vidourle and the lido, a dune belt between the sea and L'Or Lake, are home to incredible biodiversity. Signs provide information about orchids and bird species including the area's iconic flamingoes. Don't be surprised to meet a loggerhead sea turtle as they sometimes surface in summer.
There are children's workshops to observe sea turtles in the process of reacclimatising at Le Ponant Lake. Find out more at Tourist Information
SUN, FUN AND ENTERTAINMENT
Long live La Grande Motte's beaches!
7km of fine sand beaches! Le Grand Travers beach, a favourite among people from Montpellier, is packed with beach huts. Le Couchant beach is your go-to for windsurfing, stand-up paddling, canoeing, kayaking, kitesurfing, diving... anything in terms of water sports.
Along the town centre's beach there are children's games whilst adults can enjoy the restaurants and shops on the seafront promenade. Continue towards Le Grau-du-Roi and you'll reach Point Zéro Beach, protected by dunes.
You can't drive to La Grande Motte's seafront but you can go through the resort. There are lots of shaded car parks on the outskirts so you can make the most of the town on foot or by bike.
La Grande Motte is 20km from Montpellier in the Hérault.
- By car: 2.5 hrs from Toulouse on the A61 then the A9 (junction 29). 30 mins from Montpellier on the D66.
- By plane: from Montpellier Méditerranée Airport (15km): regular connections to/from Paris and thirty-odd destinations in Europe and North Africa.
- By train: Le Grau-du-Roi station is the closest (8km). It costs 1€ to get to Nîmes by TER regional train. You can also take the TGV to/from Paris at Montpellier Saint Roch station 21km away.