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La Grande-Motte

Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Hérault

La Grande-Motte - Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Hérault
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A listed 20th-century heritage site under France's Patrimoine du XXe Siècle label, La Grande Motte is located on the edge of the Camargue, 25 kilometres from Montpellier. It is said to have been given its name, meaning "The Great Mound", by sailors due to its dunes, which they used to find their bearings in the middle of this wild region. In the 70s, the seaside resort was built on the initiative of the architect Jean Balladur. Its creator's daring spirit is reflected in the futuristic buildings inspired by the Mayan pyramids. The result is a series of immaculate tower blocks adorned with grids, triangles, circles and other geometric patterns forming a backdrop like something out of a Kandinsky painting. The town's emblem is undoubtedly the immense, undulating pyramid facing the harbour, where cream-coloured boats bob up and down. Its shape echoes that of the Pic Saint-Loup, an emblematic mountain for Montpellier residents. A long strip of sand stretches out before these astounding buildings, leading to the turquoise sea. Water sports reign supreme here and fans of outdoor pursuits will be thrilled.

Several themed trails are available to explore the town on foot or by bike. As well as these various itineraries, there are 25 kilometres of cycle paths connecting the green spaces that cover 70% of the resort. So it is very enjoyable to linger there and enjoy the scent of the pine and cypress trees, opposite the Mediterranean Sea and the big, destructured buildings that surround it.

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La Grande-Motte

Located in the Petite Camargue, between Nimes and Montpellier, La Grande-Motte which has 7 miles of sandy beach offers a wide choice in accommodations. Its traditions are connected with those of the Camargue and its culinary specialties are inspired by the flavors of seafood and local produce.

Ville Fleurie labels to 3 flowers, Blue Flag, has just been added since January 19, 2010 label "Architectural Heritage of the 20th Century" awarded by the Ministry of Culture.

Things to see and do

The many sports facilities operated throughout the year can learn or improve their golf, sailing, tennis ... in an environment that gives pride to the green spaces that criss-cross 20 kilometers of walkways. A thalassotherapy center, an equestrian club and a new casino complete the tourist offer.

Places of interest

Information points
Leisure centres
Natural sites

Events and festivities

The town is lively throughout the year with monthly appointments around the theater, music, painting, children, traditional feasts. The highlight is the summer where the proposed concerts, dance performances and many free events (festival of fireworks, astronomy, carnival, discovery tours, open stages, sports ...).

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An oasis by the sea
An oasis by the sea
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Flamingos
Flamingos
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Camargue horses
Camargue horses
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Fireworks festival
Fireworks festival
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Relaxation in thalassotherapy
Relaxation in thalassotherapy
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20 kilometers of green paths
20 kilometers of green paths
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42 holes for international golf
42 holes for international golf
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St. Augustine Church
St. Augustine Church
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Catamaran course at the Nautical Center
Catamaran course at the Nautical Center
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Horse Club
Horse Club
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Rowing on the water of the Ponant
Rowing on the water of the Ponant
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Pond of the Ponant
Pond of the Ponant
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City Hall
City Hall
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The commune
The commune
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The commune
The commune
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St. Augustine Church
St. Augustine Church
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The interior of St. Augustine's Church
The interior of St. Augustine's Church
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The interior of St. Augustine's Church
The interior of St. Augustine's Church
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Visits, leisure and activities nearby

Ideal base for exploring the region, La Grande-Motte also invite you to discover the Camargue, the Languedoc vineyards, Aigues-Mortes, Arles, the Cevennes ...

Walk in the sea in the bay of Aigues-Mortes, visit Salins du Midi, Aigues-Mortes, La Camargue, Le Grau du Roi Seaquarium, vineyards, the Pont du Gard, Anduze bamboo, the Duchy of Uzès , Museum of Haribo candy ...

Restaurants

Bed & breakfasts

Vacation rentals

Campsites

Hotels

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