Those wonderful Mediterranean beaches …

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It’s that time of year when thoughts turn to holidays and of eating and drinking too much while rotating slowly on a sandy beach under the beating sun. If you’ve come to the Languedoc-Roussillon looking for a beach, then you’ve come to the right place. Languedoc takes up half of France’s Mediterranean coast with four of the five Departements of the region bordering the Mediterranean Sea. There is 177km (110 miles) of coastline and 42 beaches to choose from including some of the most beautiful in the south of France. They tend to be long, wide and sandy with the low, flat plain behind. Only at Séte and Cap d’Agde do the mountains extend to the coast as cliffs.



The best beaches

Espiguette, in the Camargue, is said to be Europe's longest beach and is backed by sand dunes. It is a little difficult to find and a bit of a walk from the car park, but worth it for its beauty and peacefulness. Portiragnes and Serignan are lovely beaches near to Béziers. Portiragnes has no facilities but Serignan does have a couple of beach bars/restaurants and you can hire sun loungers and parasols. Valras is great if you have children as there are many ice cream parlors and play facilities, not to mention restaurants and toilets.

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The charming seaside town of Leucate has two beaches and some great restaurants. La Franqui beach has the sea on one side and the etang (inland lake) on the other. The north end of the beach at Argèles is beautiful with views of the Pyrénées and bordered by pine trees, at the other end it is more commercial with plenty of facilities for the kids.

If you fancy a bit of a skinny-dip, then Cap D'Agde's nudist beach is excellent but costs €5 per person to get in.

Don’t forget the suntan lotion !