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Languedoc coast

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Languedoc coast

we would like to spend 4 days in August on or near the coast within about an hour reach of Montpellier airport. In the past we have stayed at Collioure, which we liked but it is a bit far. We have stayed twice at Grau du Roi but didn't like Sete, for example.

We are an older couple, but as we are spending the rest of our holiday inland we would like to be near the sea in a non "beach resort" environment. Is there anywhere to fit the bill?

Many thanks

Miriam

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Montpellier, France
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1. Re: Languedoc coast

There are few old towns on the coast between the start of the pyrenees and the river Rhone. Much of this coastline is actually river delta with sand dunes, lagoons and sandy beaches.

The old towns (Aigues Mortes, Gruissan, Frontignan, Agde etc) are now inland as the coastline has moved over the centuries.

Until the 1950's much of the immediate coastal area was malarial swamp with a few fishing villages. These have now formed the centre of the new town expansion caused by the 60's tourism boom.

I'd think about Marseillan Ville or Bouzigues. Both are actually on a lagoon but with easy access to ocean beaches.

As always, you can check further with google :

http://g.co/maps/nt7d6

http://g.co/maps/bp2mb

Edited: 4:04 am, May 06, 2012
north yorkshire
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2. Re: Languedoc coast

Hi

Is Meze any good? There is a hotel on the seafront which gets a good write up on this site but itmay be a family seaside place?

Harstad, Norway
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3. Re: Languedoc coast

Meze is on the same lagoon as Marseillan, but the place itself is rather small and has less to offer than Marseillan village in terms of restaurants and the like. I have only visited Marseillan and Meze in Winter and Spring, but it seems like places where people retire to. Quiet, but not too quiet and with a rather high age average.

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