Summer on the beach

Languedoc beach

Half of France's Mediterranean coast runs along Languedoc-Roussillon for an impressive 177km (110 miles) and includes some of the most beautiful beaches in the south of France.

Currently, 94 of these beaches have been awarded the international eco-label, 'The Blue Flag', for water quality, safety and cleanliness. For a list of Languedoc's Blue Flag beaches click here

South France beach

However, if you are looking for something a little special, then around Montpellier and La Grande-Motte there are 42 private beaches (click here for a full list). These open from May to September, offering sun beds, parasols and either a bar or a restaurant or both. Water sports on offer include windsurfing, jet-skiing, water-skiing, diving, sea-kayaking and paragliding.

Invariably you can hire a sun lounger and parasol for the half or full day and some will also hire equipment such as ball games, surf boards and snorkels.

Many offer a cool place to sit in a truly relaxed atmosphere, where you can get drinks all day and often snack food too. Those with restaurants are normally open 12h00-14h00 and then 19h00-24h00. Some have established a reputation for excellent food; others will offer fresh seasonal and tasty menus, light meals and bar snacks. The evenings see some of them prepare for music and dancing into the small hours.

Below is a map showing some of the best beaches in Languedoc-Roussillon. If you would like more information on these, then click here

Languedoc beach map