One of two large sandy beaches close to Montpellier, Carnon Plage is a city beach, easy accessible from Montpellier, a long stretch of sandy beach, divided into smaller sections by large wave barriers. The beach does have amenities but not too many beach bars or restaurants, however, the town of Carnon close by, offers more places to eat and drink.
Palavas Les Flots is the second of Montpellier’s city beaches, 6km south of the city centre. The beach is a 7km stretch of golden sand and Mediterranean sea, with gorgeous views across the bay to La Grande Motte. There are some inexpensive bars and restaurants on the beach itself but Palavas town, with its attractive harbour and pier is very lively and offers plenty of restaurants, bars and attractions for children. On the other side of Palavas there are lots of natural ponds with abundant wildlife and wild flamingoes, definately worth a visit.
Frontignan Plage is a delightful stretch of beach close to the town of Frontignan. Frontignan is a small town, built along the western edge of the Ingril lagoon, at the foot of the massif de la Gardiole, to the north of Sète.The beach is a mix of pebble and sand, stretching for 7km, recognised for its cleanliness, located close to the Ingril lagoon and the marina. The beach offers a selection of bars, restaurants and amenities, kite surfing is particular popular on the lagoon and the nearby marina offers a variety of boat trips.
Midway between Sète and Cap d’Agde, Marseillan Plage is a long stretch of sandy beach. Marseillan plage is a large sandy beach close to a little town, a lovely long stretch of golden sand and Mediterranean sea, there are no amenities on the beach itself but the nearby town offers plenty of bars, restaurants and shops. The nearby port of Marseillan is definately worth a visit.
Portiragnes Plage, located near to the village of Portiragnes, is a relatively small beach but still offers several kilometres of wide golden sands. The beach is completely rural, and has a wild but intimate feel to it, screened from the urban areas behind by vegetation on restored sand dunes. There are no facilities or amenities so make sure you have water and a parasol. Also known as Redoute-Plage, this family seaside resort is a delightfully remote sandy beach.
Sérignan Plage is a fairly basic but popular beach, separated from the small town of Sérignan by grassy sand banks. Cap d’Agde can be seen far in the distance and the inland lake or etang borders the beach at the north end. The sandy beach is long, flat and wide, ideal for beach sports, particularly popular with wind surfers. There is a small restaurant at the back of the beach. Les Orpellieres, part of a sustainable tourist attraction, is a unique stretch of coastal landscape, with sand dunes, salt marshes and marine plants. A long sandy beach with grassy sand banks behind, popular with wind surfers.