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.

The Grau-du-Roi agenda

  • All year round: Downtown market from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.
  • From the end of April to the end of September: Camargue races every day.
  • End of May: departmental beach tennis championship (Espiguette).
  • Certain spring and autumn Sundays: garage sales.
  • End of May: Festival of hiking in the Cévennes at Grau-du-Roi.
  • From June to September: Water jousting.
  • In June: Espival kite float.
  • June 21: Music Day.
  • End of June: Fémina Va’a Cup.
  • End of June: American weekend.
  • In July and August: Thursdays Latin dances.
  • From mid-July to the end of August: Quayside serenades.
  • From mid-July to mid-August: Aubades marines.
  • From the end of July to the end of August: Fridays of Port-Camargue.
  • End of July: Fest'In Zone Festival
  • End of August: Feast of the marina.
  • End of September: Water Fise.

Do you want to know the Languedoc coastline inside out? Continue your exploration in La Grande-Motte, Palavas-les-Flots, Cap d´Agde, Vias and Valras-Plage.