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Languedoc: The sea of leisure

The riches of the coast of southern France are key elements
strengthening its reputation for excellent sailing.

Languedoc possesses four outstanding sailing centres, offering four complementary facets
of seafaring that fit together perfectly and meet everyone’s expectations: nature,
traditions, relaxation, and competition. All aboard!

The Bay of Aigues-Mortes

Cours d'optimistes à la Grande-Motte - Hérault, le Languedoc © Olivier Octobre

At the most eastern point of the Hérault department, the Bay of Aigues-Mortes is primarily an area for learning to sail and competitive sailing. It is the venue for major national sailing events. Regattas take place here all year round, as also off the coast of La Grande-Motte. The Mediterranean Sailing School has its headquarters here and there are many other sailing centres devoted to various kinds of sailing nearby, such as in Carnon and Palavas.

The Thau Lagoon

Etang de Thau - Hérault, le Languedoc © N. Lejeune

The Etang de Thau, a veritable inland sea, and the port of Sète, with its central, historic role on the Languedoc coast, together form the perfect display-case for the area’s skills, traditions and history. The lagoon’s importance has been recognised by making it a protected, natural marine area. There is a perfect partnership here between sailing activities, shellfish farming, protected nature zones and historic heritage (connection with the Canal du Midi).

Western Languedoc

Baptême plongée - Hérault, le Languedoc © Fred Maxant

Between Cap d'Agde and the seaside resorts around Béziers, this area is firmly devoted to offering a variety of activities. The FSN sailing resort quality label held by Cap d'Agde is a tribute to the resort’s dynamism, with its many regattas, boat shows and excellent training facilities. But diving is also popular here, with particular emphasis on preserving the aquatic environment.

The Canal du Midi

Canal du Midi - Hérault, le Languedoc © Jacques Debru

 

The Canal du Midi, jewel of French national heritage, is an inland water activities centre par excellence. Inland ports are being developed, so that the waterways can be used in comfort, without destroying the aquatic environment.