Here is a list of the best beaches near Montpellier, France. Montpellier is a vibrant, metropolitan city in the South of France. Regular voted as the most desired city to live in France, Montpellier is also expanding rapidly and has recently surpassed Strasbourg as the 7th biggest city in France. Montpellier is a well connected city, with the TGV, an international airport and the main North-South autoroutes through France all close at hand. But what is probably not well known about Montpellier is that there are many beaches near Montpellier, just 15 kms away.
Montpellier best beaches
If you are planning your beach holidays in France this summer and you want to find some of the best Montpellier France, beaches and the best beach accommodation to rent, then follow our guide to Montpellier beach holiday accommodation. Go Languedoc specialises in providing high quality accommodation for family holidays in France. We inspect all of the properties advertised on Go Languedoc to ensure that facilities are accurately described, to give you peace of mind for you and your family. Here we have featured some of the best holiday homes and best beaches in Montpellier.
Best Montpellier France beaches
There are a number of Montpellier beaches to choose from. Probably the closest beaches near Montpellier, France are at Pavalas and Carnon, approximately 12 km from the city centre in the direction of the airport. But Pavalas is not the best beach near Montpellier. Some of the best beaches Montpellier has to offer are to be found to the North East of the city, close to Le Grande Motte. The Montpellier beaches at Carnon and La Grande Motte itself, are much more popular. The beaches here are sheltered and have golden sand. 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 beach at Point Zero Plage, situated in the centre of La Grande Motte, is absolutely stunning and certainly in my opinion the best beach, Montpellier has to offer. 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.
Carnon beach near Montpellier
Carnon Plage is the closest beach near Montpellier, France. You can also reach Carnon by public transport, by taking a bus from Montpellier city centre. I would probably say that Carnon is OK, but nothing really special. If you are stuck in an city centre apartment with no outdoor space during a hot summer's day, then you will probably think the site of the Mediterranean and the golden sand is wonderful. But, if you are willing to travel a few kilometers in either direction you will find better Montpellier beaches. The beach is quite large and you will find plenty of bars and cafes in Carnon itself.
Espiguette best beach near Montpellier
I think without a shadow of a doubt, Espiguette beach is the best beach near Montpellier, France. Situated to the east 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.
La Grand Motte beaches near Montpellier
I must admit, I prefer the Montpellier beaches at La Grande Motte to Carnon and Palavas. Althought they get busy in the height of summer, most of the time the beaches are quite calm. I prefer the Point Zero beach because it is closest to the car park. But the other beaches are OK as well. The beaches are man made, but they are kept scrupulously clean. Most people tend to turn their noses up at La Grande Motte, but I quite like it. Yes it is a modern resort (built sometime in the 1960's) but it has a sort of ordered and planned charm about it. I even think that the pyramid apartment buildings are so far out of fashion that they are almost on the verge of coming back in style. The other thing about La Grande Motte is that it is a real sporty town. You will always see people cycling, running, walking, swimming, etc. If you want a break from the beach the Spa at La Grande Motte (the Thalasso) is wonderful and relaxing. I suppose one of the disadvantages of the Montpellier beaches at La Grande Motte is that it is harder to reach them by public transport, but if you have access to a car, they are worth checking out.
Palavas Montpellier France beaches
Palavas les Flots is an old French resort town, very popular with the French and situated about 12kms from Montpellier city centre. Like a lot of the Montpellier beaches it can get very crowded in the summer, especially from 3.00pm onwards, when the workers in the city flock out to the beaches. One of the stories our French friends tell us is that about " years ago there was a documentary on TV in France which was trying to discover why the sickness absence level of the Montpellier city council was the highest in France. They interviewed all these psychologists and Management experts and they were coming out with all these theories about the wicked Management culture; sick building syndrome, influx of different cultures, etc. So then the camera crew went out onto the streets and interviewed ordinary Montpellier citizens. They interviewed 10 different people and asked them their thoughts on why the absence llevels were so high. Every single person pointed up to the sun or the direction of the beach. It seems that is not for nothing that the Plage des Fonctionnaires gets it's nickname. Still, if this Montpellier beach is good enough for poorly tax inspectors, teachers and administrators; it will do for me.
Montpellier beaches France near Sete
To the South East of Montpellier, France, you will find large town of Sete. This former fishing port is home to a thin 20km strip of beach, that separates the Mediterranean sea from the Etang du Thau, an inland lake that is famous for growing oysters and mussels. The regional government has spent a small fortune redeveloping the beach facilities of Sete, including widening the beaches themselves and introducing more parking facilites. So if you don't mind a short train journey from Montpellier, these beaches could be well worth it.
Apartments and villas near Montpellier beaches
On Go Languedoc we have a number of apartments and villas near the Montpellier beaches for rent. Here is a selection:
This is a brand new one bedroom apartment over looking the beach and the Bassin de Thau lake. Beautifully finished with all mod cons including air conditioning, secure entry and lifts. Suitable for the elderly or disabled. Right on the beach and a few minuites walk to the harbour where thare are lots of restaurants. This beach-side apartment rental in Meze is the perfect place to spend relaxing beach holidays in France.
>> more info on this Beach side apartment rental Meze, near Montpellier, South of France.
This Sete beach apartment, South of France, is a beautiful apartment in the heart of Sete, close to Montpellier. Situated on the second and third floor, this flat is in an old town house in the historic centre of Sete, one minute from the very-central Place de la Mairie, the Gand Canal, the port, the fish market, many many restaurants. This beach-side apartment rental in Sete is the perfect place to spend relaxing beach holidays in France.
>> more info on this Sete, beach apartment South of France (sleeps 4).
Maison Boulet holiday accommodation Montpellier is a 19th Century Maison de Maitre in the village centre. It is walking distance to all facilities including; Baker/grocer - fresh fruit veg, hairdressers, doctor, dentist, beauty salon, wine cooperative, restaurant/bar, florist, garage and a supermarket a 5 minute drive away. Maison Boulet is tastefully renovated luxury accommodation and is located in one of the current sought after residential villages close to Montpellier in the heart of the Languedoc close to all the most popular tourist attractions. The property can sleep 8-10 and has a swimming pool. It is the perfect place to spend relaxing beach holidays in France.
>> more info on this Maison Boulet accommodation, Camargues near Montpellier.
Where to next . . . ?
- Read our article on Things to do in Montpellier South France.
- 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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