Cap d'Agde, Mediterranean Holiday Destination
Much more than just a nudist beach!
Search the internet for information on the beach resort Le Cap d'Agde and you could be forgiven for thinking that the only visitors there are those who like to stroll around in their birthday suits!
Le Cap d'Agde is “famed” for its nudist beach and self contained naturist village and Le Cap d'Agde is indeed one of the top naturist destinations in the Mediterranean basin. However, to dismiss the area as nothing more would be a big mistake as we discovered on our recent research trip. In fact the nudist section is just a small part of the resort: visit the Cap d'Agde tourism website and you will discover four destinations rolled into one, with a wealth of things to do and see.
The resort of Le Cap d'Agde itself is very much a family holiday destination packed with accommodation options and tourist activities. The resort only began to take shape back in the 1960s and today offers all you could want in a self contained summer holiday location: a large, fine sandy beach with many water sports and leisure activities; a marina with boat trips, restaurants, bars and shops; an aquarium, casino and a small leisure island with fun fair. We assumed that the clientelle would be largely French but we heard a good proportion of English speaking holiday makers strolling down the board walk of the marina. There are also a number of attractions worthy of a visit scattered around the resort including the Ephebe museum of underwater archeology which stands in the pinewoods of Le Cap d’Agde and contains France’s largest collection of antique bronzes.
A real revelation was the old city of Agde, unlike the modern resort Agde has 2600 years worth of history to its name. Beautifully positioned where the River Herault and the Canal du Midi meet the Mediterranean, this charming and character filled old city has a really peaceful air. Discovering the city by foot is a pleasure, with lots of interesting architecture and pleasant winding streets with cafes and artisan shops. We also recommend a wander along the river or the Canal du Midi.
A short distance from Le Cap d'Agde is La Tamarissiere which is situated at the mouth of the River Herault on the right bank. Here you will find a small village, located between the beach and the river, in the shade of a two hundred-year-old pine forest. And across the river on the left bank is the old fishing village of Le Grau d'Agde which has a pleasant sea front with restaurants. During the high season there are small ferry boats to trundle you between the two.
The Cap d'Agde tourist board and website has really got its act together with all the information you could need in good clear English. Visit their download page where you can find many attractive pdf documents covering everything you could need. In particular their excellent Discovery guide lays out a number of great trails ranging from one hour to a full day and will keep you busy by foot, bike and car!
Le Cap d'Agde is easily accessible from outside of France with flights to airports at both Montpellier (50 minutes drive) and now Beziers (30 minutes drive).
Find out more about Cap d'Agde and the City of Agde in the in-depth FrenchEntrée Cap d'Agde Guide
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