MEZE AND ITS HISTORY
An important port since Phoenician times, Mèze has always primarily been a fishing town. During the Roman Empire, the town lay on the main Southern route from Italy to Spain - the 'Via Domitia`. The Romans brought wine to the area and left a legacy of architecture including two of the town's churches. The production of shellfish, especially oysters, has been the mainstay of the Mèze economy for almost a century. Today, Mèze is a lively small town with around 12.000 inhabitants. Its market square attracts many visitors on market days (Thursdays and Sundays) and the town offers a wide choice of small authentic local shops.
The traditional rectangularly shaped harbour is lined with palm trees. With its many cafés and restaurants you will find it just around the corner from Fisherman’s House.
In summer, local artists sell their treasures every Thursday evening.
Very few mediterranean villages offer the choice of two great child-friendly sandy beaches, within 5 minutes walking from your home base. The water remains shallow for quite a distance, making it ideal for children. More information on the choice of beaches on the 'Things to do' page.
There are quite a few restaurants and they are all within easy walking distance of `Fisherman's House`. They 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.
Find more details in "Things to do".
The Languedoc offers many great markets, ranging from the original flea markets and brocantes to farmers markets where you can sample all the local delights.
Market days in Mèze are: Sunday and Thursday morning
Artists market along the harbour: Every Thursday evening in Summer