The town of Grau du Roi

Built facing the Mediterranean Sea, near the Camargue, Le Grau-du-Roi is one of the most popular family resorts Gard and Occitan. Bike rides to the tip of Espiguette at Seaquarium, many activities await you in Le Grau-du-Roi one hour drive from the campsite Les Mimosas.

A city crossed by a canal and a wild coastline

Arriving at Grau-du-Roi from La Grande-Motte, you'll be surprised and seduced by the configuration of this seaside town of 8500 inhabitants. The city is bisected by a canal that connects several ponds. This feature will give you a first impression of activity you can perform with the family: a river ride.

Especially popular in the summer, the town is associated with its beautiful sandy beach, Espiguette. This vast expanse of over 18 km long stretches to the beaches of Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer. It is sheltered by large dunes that give it an air preserved much appreciated by lovers of nature. Landscapes from the dunes are fabulous and give you the impression of being alone in the world. The beach is supervised during the high season. You will find several car parks, restaurants, mattresses rental, an area for kite surfers and an area for naturists on the east side, after the lighthouse Espiguette.

The coastline of Le Grau-du-Roi station holding for several years the Blue Flag, is marked other beaches: Boucanet (fitted for disabled people), South Beach, North Beach, Left Bank ...

What to see in Le Grau-du-Roi?

The Church of St. Peter is the main monument of the city center. The town is home to some houses and remarkable villas such as Parris Villa Belle Epoque style villa Rédarès. The point of Espiguette is dominated by the lighthouse, an imposing square tower historical monument of 27 meters high.

Built in 1961, the arena of Grau du Roi have been modernized over time. They are now the perfect place to watch a bull game, one of the great traditions of southwest France. The town has the second Mediterranean fishing port and the first marina in Europe, Port Camargue. Able to accommodate up to 5000 boats it covers a 160 hectare area. Strolling around this XXL port, do not be surprised at the sight of its size: it consists of 10 km of quays and docks.

What to do in Le Grau-du-Roi?

Many sports and cultural activities are available Grau-du-Roi. In summer, dominated by water sports on the beach Espiguette: sailing, windsurfing (windsurfing), kite surfing, fishing, diving, boat rentals ... The seafront is connected to downtown by a secure bike path. You can rent a bike with your children to walk along the canal and go to the beach of Espiguette safely.

The Seaquarium is one of the star attractions of Le Grau-du-Roi. This is a must visit, especially if you stay at Les Mimosas with children. It contains more than 200 marine species evolving into huge tanks, including sea lions. You enter the tunnels and see the fish swimming above your head, a great immersion in the underwater world. If you like hiking, there are several options available to you. You can walk for hours on the beach between two baths, along the canal or around the ponds.

The King-Grau has a water park (Aquarama), an amusement park (Amigoland), mini golf, paintball field (The Ambush), a leisure park (Camargue Recreation), a skate park, the bowling alleys, tennis courts, equestrian centers, water sports, casino (Flamingo), a cinema, a theater (space Jean-Pierre Cassel) and a thalassotherapy center in Port-Camargue (Thalazur Bains de Camargue).

The Camargue Regional Park is a paradise for ornithologists. Over 200 species of birds like flamingos find refuge. Several traditions such as bullfighting and salt production were maintained for centuries in this unique natural area in France. Inquire locally to contact providers who organize safaris Camargue.

Grau-du-Roi: Events 2019

  • All year: downtown from 7:00 Market at 13:00 on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.
  • From April 21 to 22 September: Camargue races every day.
  • Saturday, May 25: County Championship Beach Tennis (Espiguette).
  • Sunday, May 26: Garage sale from 8:00 to 15:00.
  • From Thursday 30 May to Sunday, June 2: Festival of hiking in the Cevennes in Le Grau-du-Roi.
  • From June 1 to September 13: Water jousting.
  • June 8 and 9: Sand kite Espival.
  • Friday, June 21: Music Day.
  • Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 June: Femina Va'a Cup.
  • Thursday, June 27: Workshop Regard.
  • June 29 and 30: American Weekend.
  • Until Sunday, June 30: Exhibition Frozen Motions and Exhibition Charlotte Caragliu.
  • July 11 to August 27: Thursdays of Latin dances.
  • July 15 to August 29: Serenades docks.
  • Tuesday, July 16: Concert in tribute to Celine Dion.
  • July 18 to August 22: marine Aubades.
  • July 19 to August 23 (every Friday): Fridays from Port Camargue.
  • Tuesday, July 23: Concert Patrick Fiori.
  • July 26 and 27: Fest'In Festival Area
  • Tuesday, July 30: Landes Race (9:30 p.m.).
  • Thursday 1st July: Concert Jeremy Frérot.
  • Wednesday, August 7: Concert Philippe Cornier.
  • Sunday, August 18: Horse show volteo.
  • Tuesday, August 20: Concert Goldman years.
  • Saturday, August 24: Feast of the marina.
  • Saturday 28 and Sunday September 29: Water FISE.
  • Sunday, October 27: Garage sale from 8:00 to 15:00.
  • Sunday, November 17: Garage sale from 8:00 to 15:00.
  • Sunday, December 8: Garage sale from 8:00 to 15:00.

You wish to know the Languedoc coast on the fingertips? Keep exploring in La Grande-Motte, Palavas-les-Flots, Cap d'Agde, Vias and Valras-Plage.