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Le Grau d'Agde has authentic charm

Le Grau d'Agde, unlike its neighbour, Le Cap d'Agde, is a fishing town of authentic traditional charm. It is, of course, popular with holiday makers too, but in a very different fashion from the Cap, with its nudists and its swingers. Le Grau d'Agde appeals more to families or to those whose pleasures lie more in tranquil evenings by the river or sea, dining on fresh fish and drinking excellent local wines.

Some confusion over population

The population of the Agde region as a whole is around 20,000, but as many of these are settled in the Cap or Agde town it is difficult to say exactly how many are residents of Le Grau d'Agde. The figure given here actually includes all those within a 7 km radius of the town, so some overlapping may occur.

Italian beginnings

Le Grau d'Agde began life when a group of Italian fishermen settled here, attracted by the superb location. Lying as it does at the point where the River Hérault meets the sea, fishing opportunities were plentiful, so gradually the port grew in size and popularity. Today it is still an authentic fishing port although it is also popular with discerning tourists. Its charm is traditional and undeniable, with its pretty Mediterranean-coloured buildings lining the waterside, and its fish auction bringing colour and authenticity to everyday life.

Shopping and dining

If you are seeking the designer trinkets and fancy shops of French Riviera society, you will need to travel east, or simply pop next door to the Cap, where all of this and more is available. However if you enjoy the simpler delights of a good boulangerie, of a fresh fish auction, or of superb restaurants where the quality of the ingredients and service matter more than the flashiness of the décor, then stay in Le Grau d'Agde, for you will not be disappointed. It isn't the Cap, but it does offer plenty of amenities, and most people will find that they don't have to leave town at all for shopping or dining unless they want to explore further afield.

Out and about

Le Grau d'Agde is on the pilgrim trail to Santiago de Compostela, and there is an interesting site that you may wish to visit connected with this. Just a little way from the River Hérault is the Sanctuary Le Grau d'Agde, where a miracle is said to have taken place in the Middle Ages, and which has become a significant part of the pilgrim route. Other places worth your time and attention include the party resort of the Cap or Le Cap d'Agde, the old town of Agde, and the wonderful beaches of the Med where all manner of sports are possible.

Well developed leisure facilities

The area is a holiday area with well developed leisure facilities, so nearby you will also find golf courses, tennis courts, swimming pools, horse-riding centres and many more activities. If you want to travel a little further afield you can see the amazing marshlands of the Camargue, with the beautiful white horses and black bulls, or visit the Cathar cities of Béziers or Carcassonne.

How to get there

Getting to Le Grau d'Agde is so easy. Montpellier is the nearest airport with direct flights from the UK, but Carcassonne, Toulouse, Perpignan and Marseille are all near enough to be viable. Montpellier is served by easyJet and Ryanair; Carcassonne by Ryanair; Toulouse by British Airways, easyJet, bmi, Jet2 and flybe; Perpignan by Ryanair, bmibaby and flybe; and finally Marseille by British Airways, easyJet, Ryanair, Aer Lingus and bmibaby. The TGV runs into Agde itself, so train travel is another good possibility.

Property prices and availability in and around Le Grau d'Agde

Property in and around Le Grau d'Agde can be expensive. The seaside areas of the south of France are never going to be cheap, because of their obvious and well documented popularity. However, rental rates will be good here, and Le Grau d'Agde is still considerably cheaper than the Riviera, despite having much of its charm. Apartments and studios are popular and plentiful.

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Le Grau d'Agde AT A GLANCE

WHERE IS Le Grau d'Agde?

Le Grau d'Agde is located in the central south of France, on the Mediterranean coast. It lies in the south-west of the Hérault department.

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Population: 7,999

Access: By air: Fly to Montpellier, Perpignan, Carcassonne, with a variety of airlines. By rail: There is a railway station at Agde. By road: Le Grau d'Agde is accessed from the A9 auto route.

Economy: The economy includes fishing and tourism.

Interesting fact: A miracle is said to have taken place at Notre Dame de Grau, and the town is now an important passing place on the pilgrim route to Santiago de Compostela.

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