If you are on your holidays in France with your children and you want an alternative to the beach (or an economical alternative to Aqualand), then La Grande Bleu swimming pool in La Grande Motte, Languedoc, is a good choice. La Grande Motte is a famous French beach resort located close to Montpellier. In recent years the resort has received a major facelift and it is now a popular centre for sporting activities and winter training camps.
La Grande Bleu is an indoor and outdoor swimming pool complex with 'flumes'(or 'toboggans' in French), up to 48m in length, 3-4 swimming pool areas, a toddler pool, sun terrace, solarium, steam room and sauna, jaccuzis, water jets, wave machine, etc. There is also a cafeteria and ice cream bar inside the swimming pool area.
Outside in the summer there is a large wavepool, lazy river, toddlers pool and much bigger water slide. There are plenty of seating areas in the shade. We have been with our children (when they were 3, 5 & 8) and they had a great time. La Grande Bleu is really just a nice chilled out space to enjoy with the family. There are plenty of life guards on duty and none of the long queues that you get at Aqualand. It is very easy to spend a day here without breaking the bank.
Holidays in France with children: Espace Grande Bleu
Prices: a family ticket was around €14.
Opening hours: Espace Grande Bleu is open 10.00 to 17.00 every day all year round (closed Mondays in the winter). In the summer months it stay open until 20.00 Information on opening times and prices is also available from the La Grande Motte tourism website .
Location: Espace Grande Bleu, La Plaine des Jeux, 195 rue Saint-Louis, 34280 LA GRANDE MOTTE, Languedoc.
Espace Grande Bleu is well signposted once you get into La Grande Motte (initially follow directions to Point Zero, then you will see the signs). La Grande Motte is located close to Montpellier on the Languedoc coast. It is reached by taking the D62 off the A9 to the East of Montpellier at Junction 31. Alternatively take the D979 at Junction 29 of the A9 just North of Montpellier.
An alternative to Espace Grande Bleu if you are looking for a good swimming pool to take the kids to after the beach is the Swimming Pool at Sete. This also has water slides and a wave machine.