Mediterranean Archipelago of Thau

The Thau archipelago and its 14 communes. Balaruc-le-vieux, Balaruc-les-Bains, Bouzigues, Frontignan, Gigean, Loupian, Marseillan, Mèze, Mireval, Montbazin, Poussan, Sète, Vic-la-Gardiole and Villeveyrac, grouped together under the banner of Sète Agglopôle Méditerranée, each one representing the Mediterranean identity in its own way.


More than half of the territory is classified as a protected natural area.
You can walk the wild paths of the Massif de la Gardiole, forget about time in the shady streets of the medieval villages, laze on the beaches of Sète or Frontignan, cycle around the Thau Lagoon, along the almost continuous tens of kilometres of walking and cycle paths that link the seaside to the back country, stopover in one of the small fishing ports around the lagoon, and discover the omnipresent unique natural, cultural, historical and gastronomic heritage with traditional activities which are very much still alive.

Fishing is the oldest activity. People fish all year round at sea and on the lagoons. Depending on the season, the fishermen supply the markets with sea bass, sea bream, mullet or eels, clams, sea urchins and sea snails. The freshness and diversity of the products will make your mouth water!
Shellfish farming became entrenched in the Thau Lagoon at the beginning of the 20th century. If you make a stop at one of these “lagoon farms”, you can find out everything about this local gastronomy gem which constitutes half of the French production.


The vines are some of the oldest and largest vineyards in France. From the foothills of the Gardiole to the shores of the Thau Lagoon and the Mediterranean, new winegrowers aim for quality and will happily welcome you to their estates. Appellation muscats from Frontignan or Mireval, Picpoul de Pinet, which go perfectly with a shellfish platter, and a whole range of white wines, not to mention the sun-kissed red wines, which will gladly accompany your gourmet getaways.


Festivities here are a way of life.
Celebrate the friendliness and the southern soul, water jousting, “bouletchou”, “capelet”, oyster festival, gastronomic summer festivals, votive festivals, and an endless list of other celebrations in the summer season.
The conurbation region is a huge playground and a paradise for those who love water sports. Whether you are a beginner or have done this before, come and give one of the many activities on offer a go in a totally relaxed setting: sailing courses, cruises, windsurfing, kite-surfing, paddleboarding, jet-skiing at sea, cable skiing... and even scuba diving.
After all that exercise, you’ll want to relax. Take the opportunity to stop in Balaruc-les-Bains, the first spa resort in France, and discover the benefits of its water, which is rich in trace elements and new sensory experiences.
So don't hesitate any longer: with friends or family, treat yourself! Come and join us.

 
 
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