Must see resort of the Herault region, Cap d'Agde is a city built more than 2500 years ago with a strong history. It is one of the most visited seaside resorts of the Mediterranean. Moreover, the beaches of Cap d'Agde offer a large variety of coves, very rare on this stretch of coastline.
It is hard to be bored in such a city! A dozen districts and as many different atmospheres share the territory, from the modern "Rochelongue" from where the view of Fort Brescou is unique, to "The Pine forest", the meeting place of sportsmen, through “The Stroll” and" The Cliffs", typical places along the beach.
In the 60’s, the city has undergone many transformations to allow tourists and make the Languedoc-Roussillon region attractive for seaside tourism. The resort grew and quickly became the first French tourist town by its welcoming capacity.
Apartments in Cap d'Agde - they are mostly seasonal
Recreation Island in Cap d'Agde harbour
Luna Park in Cap d'Agde
Harbour district in Cap d'Agde with numerous shopping facilities and accommodations
The city lies at the edge of the Herault region and at the foot of Mont Saint-Loup, a particularly natural protected area since it cannot be accessed by car. You can admire The Bagnas National Nature Reserve, which is composed of ponds creating a string of lagoons of great beauty and home to a rare ecosystem. The Bagnas Ponds consist of dunes and coastal heathland, marshes and fields, and are home to over 240 species of birds; people come from far away to have the chance to observe them. If you are careful, you can also see from the Mount the Pond of Thau and Sète. Nothing beats a walk to discover Mediterranean species, which make up the landscape: pine trees, almond trees, green oaks...
Grau d'Agde on the shores of the Hérault region
Near the city of Agde, Grau d'Agde emerges, a village, which kept the authenticity and the pace of old seaside towns. Fishing is the main activity but you can also enjoy the beautiful beach before joining through the "smugglers" the other bank of the Hérault region, the Tamarissière, another charming village, built in the shade of a pine forest and with the lovely coastal walk.
The wild beach of the Tamarissière in the direction of Vias Plage
Admittedly, from Cap d'Agde to La Tamarissière, it is more than 14 kilometres of fine sand that is offered to tourists from around the world! Eleven beaches, in turn well equipped or wilder, are the delight of all. The prettiest are probably those of La Grande Conque, a cove carved into the volcanic cliff covered in black sand and Richelieu, which in addition offers many activities for youngsters.
A black sand cove near the centre of Cap d'Agde - The Grande Conque
The naturist area is a special feature of this city, and more than that, it's a real village that was created, entirely independent and with its own harbour, restaurants, shops and banks ... It offers two kilometres of patrolled beach reserved for naturists where several events are organized during summer, including volleyball and boules contests. It is also there that on 31 December, is held the traditional en of season bath! The busiest naturist beach of the Herault region is also located there.
An underwater trail is located on this beach in Cap d'Agde
The underwater trail is certainly among a must see when you go to Cap d'Agde. Over 400m and not very deep, starting from the Plagette in the direction of the Rock of the Rascasse and the black islands, the volcanic seabed are experienced using a guide and is unforgettable. Then let’s go to the city and the ramparts for a stroll down memory lane in its Greek and medieval past: the Consular House, the fountain of Belle Agathoise and the Statue of the Pirate Terrisse are among the must see monuments. The Gardens of Castle Laurens, nestled on the island of Belle-Isle in a 12-acres estate, are enchanting.
The fishing port reflects the maritime traditions still very much present here and you can enjoy the typical houses of Fishmonger Street before going in the Canal du Midi, a World Heritage Site by the UNESCO. The only round lock is in Agde to watch from the banks, a quiet and shady road enjoyed by walkers and cyclists. This is also where you can enjoy in peace some local produce!
There are several resorts worth visiting near Cap d'Agde. To the north, the Marseillan beaches attract people. Easily accessible, there are vast lively stretches of sand in summer. The seaside resorts of the Beziers region are located in the south (Portiragnes, Sérignan, Valras and Vendres). The long lagoon of Sete bordered on one side by the Mediterranean and on the other by the Thau lagoon is also interesting. It contains less crowded beaches.