Beaches

Very few mediterranean villages offer the choice of two child-friendly sandy beaches, within 5 minutes walking from your home base.  For the wilder Mediterranean shore, a 20 minute drive gets you to the long beach between Marseillan and Sète. Great for shell seekers and those who love long walks. Fabulous waves too! 

Festivals & Music

The Languedoc boasts many music festivals during the summer months.  In Mèze, the 'Festival de Thau`attracts top artists and many visitors. It takes place every year in the 3rd week of July. 

In the 3rd week of August, an ancient town tradition can be enjoyed, when the Mèzois bring out the town's 'Totem', the Taurus. This effigy made of wood and paper, is paraded through the town's streets and squares and is followed by the town's children, local bands and people in the most astonishing disguises.  

For many more festivals in the area, all through the year, click here.

Children

Children will  love the choice of activities in the immediate  vicinity. Although children will not easlily get bored by the lovely sandy beaches, a visit to the Dinosaur park  on the outskirts of Mèze is a must. It is the largest Museum-Park in Europe devoted to dinosaurs, in the middle of an outstanding paleontological site. An extraordinary voyage in time.

Click on this site for a number of specific activities for children in the Languedoc,  such as Water parks, Nature parks, Adventure parks, Steamtrains and many more fun things.

In Bouzigues you will find the 'Musée de l'Etang de Thau', which explains all about the oyster culture of the Etang de Thau. It offers interesting tours and is fun for young and old. 

The local tourist office has a wealth of information about hikes, cycle tracks, riding, tennis and many other fun activities.

Wines and Good Food

Wines of the Languedoc

The Languedoc-Roussillon wine area is the region where the most interesting things happen in terms of the wine-growing industry, not only for the benefit of France, but also the world over. This wine-growing area is the largest in the world: it extends along the Mediterranean from the Rhône Delta down to the foot of the Pyrenees. It is not only the largest wine-growing region and the most productive in terms of wines in France, but it is also the oldest. A `dégustation` at one of the many Châteaux is a delight not to be missed. Click here for more information. 

Local Restaurants

The following restaurants are all within easy walking distance of `Fisherman's house`and offer a variety of local cuisine, from simple bistrôt to haute cuisine. Have a stroll around the harbour and you will spot them easily. In high summer, make a reservation to be sure that you get a table.

Les Saveurs de Thau - Quai Baptiste Guitard- tel  04 67 43 53 73

Le Sanboulou - 22 Quai Augustin Descournut - tel 04 67 43 89 20

L'Eau Sel  - 13 Chemin de l`Etang - tel 04 67 74 63 81 

Le Coquillou - 14 Bis Quai Augustin Descournut -  tel 04 67 18 87 50

Le Neptune - 10 Quai Descornut - tel 09 64 08 31 37

Le Res`Thau - 28 Quai Augustin Descournut - tel 04 67 51 20 71

Lou Labech -  26 Quai Augustin Descournut - tel 049 90 40 354

Claire & Patrick - 36 Bld du port - tel 04 67 25 18 29

L'Ambre Marine - 18 Quai Augustin Descournut - tel  04 67 18 86 06

 

Watersports

Swimming in the Etang de Thau from one of Mèze's two sandy beaches is one of the delights of a holiday in Mèze.

There are many water-related activities to choose from. Walk over to Thierry at the Neptune Restaurant to see if you can rent a boat or pass your navigation permit or go on a fishing trip. Go sailing, diving , but also kite-surfing,  and discover the oyster culture of which the Etang de Thau is famous.

Cycling, Golf & Wellness

Cyclists will find  6.300 km of paths and perfectly marked out routes, with a vast choice of hikes for all ages and levels of fitness. Take advantage of the exceptional climate of Languedoc - Roussillon for your VTT outings. You will discover the region through scrubland, limestone plateaus and forest. Click here for more information.

Golfers will be happy to know that there are 300 sunny days a year to take advantage of the many golf clubs of Languedoc-Roussillon. Click on this site for information.

 For rejuvenating body and mind, drive to nearby Balaruc-Les-Bains, the second most important Thermal resort of France and get your self pampered with one of their many hydro-treatments or offer yourself the full Spa treatment. 

Culture

 The light and landscapes of the Languedoc have inspired many famous artists. Discover their paintings in one of the museums and galleries of the region: Pay a visit to the Musée Paul Valéry in Sète, and don't misse the Art and History Museum in Narbonne, or the Archeology Museum in the Cap d'Agde, the Fabre Museum in Montpellier where you find lots of works from Courbet and Frederic Bazille and try to see some of the great museums of contemporary art such as the Carré of Arts in Nîmes and the Modern Art Museum in Ceret.

Near Villeveyrac you will find  the Valmagne Abbey,  a beautiful Cistercian abbey that was transformed into a wine cellar after the French Revolution. Its magnificent Gothic church has been called the 'Cathedral of the Vineyards'.

The local tourists offices of Mèze, Sète, Montpellier, Nîmes, Narbonne (to name but a few) will be able to provide you with all the information on cultural events in the Languedoc.

Archaeological & historical sites

There are many archaeological sites and museums in the Languedoc.  Its history is rich from paleontological times until the present day. Within easy driving distance for day trips, choose the Pont du Gard for its famous aquaduct, the Roman city of Nîmes to see its Roman Amphitheatre, and of course  the medieval city of Carcassonne.

Right nearby Mèze, walk a part of the Roman Via Domitia, and don't miss a visit to the impressive Gallo-Roman Villa in Loupian with its exquisite mosaics.

Traces of the religious  Cathar movement can be found in various ruins and castles  in the Languedoc. Guided tours are fascinating and well worth a drive.  Click here for a good site. 

To the beach 1- Vers la plage
To the beach 2-Vers la plage
Festivals galore
La scène
Jazz
La foule
Parc Dinosaures
Aqualand
Seafood
Au Port
Joutes
Kitesurfing
Raoul Dufy in Sète
Valmagne Abbey
Julius Caesar
Ephebe museum in Agde