The Languedoc region is home to some of the best French beaches, with more than 40 Blue Flag beaches, the European award for clean bathing water. The beaches in Languedoc, France, tend to be long and flat, with plenty of space to stretch out onto, even in the height of summer. The beaches closer to Perpignan tend to be more interesting, as the Pyrenees form a dramatic back drop to the beach.
10 best Languedoc beaches, South of France
Following many summers visiting the coastline of Southern France, here is our insider's guide to the 10 best Languedoc beaches in the South of France.
Best beaches in Languedoc
Other beaches in the South of France could have made our list. Further round the Southern France coastline in Cote d'Azur, you will find some excellent beaches, such has Rayol Canadel-sur-Mer and Tahiti beach near St Tropez or Theole-sur-Mer near Cannes - all of which are certainly worth a visit. But if you are in Languedoc, then these are definitely the best beaches to go to this summer.
1. Best Languedoc Beaches : Vias Plage
Situated in between Cap d'Agde and Valras Plage, the small bay of Vias Plage has some of the warmest water, sheltered beaches, golden sands and accessibility of all the beaches in Languedoc. You will of course find beaches with better facilities, but as an overall package, Vias Plage beach to us tops them all. The beach at Vias Plage is a beautifully protected area perfect for families with young children.
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2. Best beaches in Languedoc Roussillon - Espiguette beach near Montpellier
Espiguette beach is without a shadow of a doubt, the best beach near Montpellier, France, if not the best beach on the Languedoc coast. Situated to the east of the port town of Le Grau de Roi, this white sandy beach near Montpellier has a wild windswept look. At the back of the Espiguette beach you have these wonderful sand dunes and you tend to get a few rollers coming in off the sea at this point of the coast (the sea at La Grande Motte and Carnon tends to be a bit flat). Don't expect any beach bars or cafes nearby, but that is the reason why you come here. Le Grau de Roi is a nice enough place to catch a beer or a meal in. The aquarium here is also very good.
3. Best beaches in Languedoc: Leucate plage
The beach at Leucate Plage is a good choice if you are looking for a Languedoc beach to visit. Leucate Plage has two beaches, a nudist beach situated towards the rocky breakwater and the main beach. The trees and beach houses surrounding the beach provides some degree of interest. I am not much of a sunbather myself, so it is a good Languedoc beach to walk along and people watch (although I think that the nudists protest too much!). Situated between Port Nouvelle and Le Barcarès, Leucate plage is probably the pick of the beaches North of Perpignan. Leucate Plage is a large beach with shallow water. Due to the wind that can sometimes blow across this region of Southern France, Leucate Plage is a popular resort for wind surfers, and boards can be hired in the town.
4. Best Languedoc beaches: St Cyprien Plage
There are actually 3 beaches at St Cyprien - North, Central and South (also known as Plage de la Lagune). These Languedoc beaches are always popular with holidaymakers. Probably the North and South sections of the beach are the best as they tend to be quieter and the sand stretches on for miles. The views of the Pyrenees to the southern side of the St Cyprien beaches also helps to make these beaches stand out. The sandy North beach is the biggest of the 3 beaches and the Central part of the beach is the commercial heart of St Cyprien Plage - with lots of shops and restaurants. Like all of Perpignan beaches, it's quite windy on St Cyprien at times, but this also makes it a popular resort with kite surfers.
5. Best beaches in Languedoc - Argeles sur Mer beach
Argeles Plage is one of the best beaches in Languedoc and has a blue flag award to recognise the quality of the water and cleanliness of the beach. Argeles sur Mer beach, South of France, is a broad sweeping bay that looks out onto the Pyrenees and the warm Mediterranean. Argeles-sur-Mer itself has along with nearby Canet, become a major Mediterranean beach resort, with excellent facilities and a big harbour area. The town also boasts some excellent restaurants and decent shops. See also Best Languedoc beaches for information on the best South France beaches to visit along the Languedoc coast.
Argeles sur Mer beach is situated on the top end of the Cote Vermeille, the only east facing coastline in France. As a result, the wide sandy beaches are wonderfully sun-drenched and are perfectly framed by the backdrop of the Pyrenees. Argeles sur Mer actually has three beaches. Argeles Plage Nord and Argees Plage des Pins are wide, sandy beaches with plenty of space. Le Racou, to the south is a neat little bay with amazingly blue water. This is where we always head because we like the mountain views to the back and it tends to be less crowded.
6. Best Beaches in Languedoc Roussillon: Rochelongue Plage, Cap d'Agde beach
Rochelonge plage, is in the centre of Cap d'Agde. It is our preferred choice out of the 3 beaches on the Cap. There is a nice beach side restaurant and bar and you get lovely sweeping views of the whole bay down to Narbonne plage
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7. Best beaches Languedoc : La Grande-Motte, Point Zero
Whilst La-Grande Motte might not be everyone's cup of tea, with its pyramid hotels and modern housing suburbs, there is no denying that the beach at Point Zero is absolutely stunning. It is perfect for kids and adults alike. There is also plenty to do after the beach as well. You can take your pick of restaurants and bars along the front.
For more information on Point Zero beach and La Grande Motte click here Point Zero beach.
8. Best Languedoc beaches : Gruissan Plage
For me, there is not much difference between the 2 beaches near Narbonne (Narbonne Plage and Gruissan Plage). But perhaps Gruissan Plage gets my vote by a nod because the town behind it is a far nicer place to walk around when you're looking for a break from the sun. All the beaches around this area of the coast are characterised by open, flat expanses of golden sand.
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9. Best beaches in Languedoc: Collioure beaches
Collioure, has three beaches. The beaches themselves are not the best, but what makes Collioure appear on this list of best Languedoc beaches is the situation. Although the beaches are small and often busy, the views of the tranquil sea and Pyrennees are spectacular. Close to the beaches you have the wonderful town of Collioure on-hand with its restaurants, boutiques and artist trails to keep you amused.
Situated on the sunny Côte Vermeille, the small Catalan coastal town of Collioure has been attracting holidaymakers for over a century. Collioure with its little harbour, famous church and castle and the mazy old town, is the perfect place for a day with the family. You can combine sunbathing, swimming, a nice lunch, a little shopping and a bit of sight seeing all in one go. Collioure is located due south of Perpignan, close to the Spanish border. We alwats find that the best route to follow is to exit the A9 autoroute at Le Boulou and following the signs to Argeles sur Mer (then head in the direction of Banyuls).
10. Best Languedoc Roussillon beaches : Valras Plage
The wide open expanse of sand at Valras Plage comfortably accomodates large numbers of holiday makers, allowing you enough room to spread out and relax. There is also plenty to do after the beach with lots of restaurants, boutiques and ice cream stalls. During the summer there is also a childrens adventure park and fairground rides just by the harbour. The beach at Valras Plage is very flat and contains fine sand
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Where to next . . . ?
- See our reviews on the Best beach restaurants in South France to visit.
- Read our articles on the Best beaches in South of France.
- Planning a trip to the South of France? Check out our Beach houses in South France to rent.
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