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Tourism in Occitania: Holidays in the South of France

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In Occitania, the preserved Mediterranean

200 km of unspoilt beaches and clean sea! The Occitania coast is ideal for taking it easy and a swim. Unspoilt nature in Camargue, long stretches of golden sand from La Grande Motte to Argelès-Sur-Mer, creeks at Cap d’Agde or on the Côte Vermeille near Collioure: here, the Mediterranean is preserved, guaranteeing you great holidays with your family or friends.



Fine sand, wide-open spaces and peaceful bathing

All along the Languedoc coast, from Espiguette beach (near Le Grau-du-Roi) to Racou beach (Argelès-sur-Mer), you can enjoy our large, long and wide sandy beaches, sometimes with dunes. 

The waves can be gentle to attractively strong depending on the wind (Tramontane, sea wind or Mistral). You enter the water down a gentle slope, since the continental plateau is wide and not very deep. The deeper waters are over 10 Km from the coast: plenty of room for you to splash about with your family!

Top tip

Guaranteed holiday weather in Occitania: record sunshine levels, a clean sea (the vast majority of beaches have the Blue Flag label), and water temperatures rising to 24°C in summer.

Anse de Paulille sur la côte vermeille
Anse de Paulille sur la côte vermeille


Sheltered creeks and small beaches

On the Catalonian coastline, from Argelès-sur-Mer to Cerbère (at the Spanish border), the landscape changes. You can enjoy the sunshine and swim in the sea beside small sandy or pebble beaches. They are often sheltered from the wind by rocks or cliffs. To get there, you sometimes need to follow steep or craggy footpaths. 

The waves are not high, and there are no strong currents near the beach. On the other hand, the continental plateau is narrow and sloping: you can find depths of 60 m less than 2 km from the coast, to the delight of fans of scuba-diving.

With a disability

The Tourism and Disability label is given to sites with facilities for people with reduced mobility (Tiralos, beach wheelchairs, etc.) or visually impaired people (loudspeakers) to swim. Ask at Tourist Offices for more information.



Plenty of things!

You can visit fishing ports like Sète, Le Grau-du-Roi or Collioure. You can stroll through the colourful markets. You can take part in a whole host of maritime festivities and festivals. You can take a walk along the Canal du Midi between Agde and Béziers. You can explore the biodiversity of the lakes along marked footpaths. You can visit the Roman towns, Nîmes and Narbonne. You can take a break on a café terrace on Place de la Comédie in Montpellier. You can enjoy an excursion to Pont du Gard, Aigues-Mortes, Fontfroide Abbey, the Oppidum d’Ensérune, the Palace of the Kings of Majorca in Perpignan

Did you know?

Cap d’Agde is the European capital of Naturism with 2 km of beaches and a large number of adapted facilities. The eastern part of Espiguette beach in Camargue, and several spots between Maguelone and Frontignan, are also "non-textile" beaches.

Réserve marine de Cerbère-Banyuls



Are you a good swimmer? Then whatever your age, set out on an underwater adventure with a minimum of equipment (diving mask, snorkel and swimfins) in spots where the water is shallow and there are no waves. Snorkeling is the ideal way to see the rich underwater flora and fauna along the Côte Vermeille. For your first experience we recommend the wonderful Cerbère-Banyuls underwater trail. You can also explore the rocky creeks of Paulilles Bay, near Port-Vendres.


Phare de l'Espiguette
Phare de l'Espiguette
Saint Pierre la Mer
Saint Pierre la Mer
How to get there
  • By car: the beaches are never more than 30 minutes away from the A9 motorway exit between Nîmes and the Spanish border. 

  • By plane: in all seasons the Nîmes, Montpellier, Béziers, Carcassonne and Perpignan airports have flights from a large number of French and European cities. 

  • By train or bus: Montpellier, Nîmes, Béziers and Perpignan have high-speed train services.