Le Grau du Roi
You may not have heard of Le Grau du Roi, but this typical seaside destination is very popular with French locals, who go to try pétanque and pastis. A favourite with Ernest Hemingway, the small resort hasn’t lost a jot of its charm with the increase in ice cream and French tourists.
It’s a traditional fishing port, with trawlers to-ing and fro-ing with the daily catch along the Chenal Maritime that divides the town. The resort also boasts 6 miles of beaches, surprisingly intermingled with the town to produce a happy-go-lucky seaside feel throughout the town.
Le Grau du Roi presents fun and laid-back holidaying in a pretty surrounding, not far from plenty of facilities to keep you ticking along. A short walk outside of the resort’s shops and restaurants you’ll find gorgeous beaches to one side, and the wetlands of the Natural Park to the other. The ancient city of Arles is also nearby, and the historic capital of the Languedoc, Montpellier, is not too far away for a daytrip.
Within the accommodation, we offer themed parties and a music bar, as well as bike rental and horse riding. When you’re looking to escape and explore the surrounding area, there’s a 4x4 safari to try, as well as boules, mini-golf, golf and tennis within the resort.
The tourist train will show you the must-sees, but renting a bike and following the new cycle path south to Espiguette beach is a lovely afternoon’s excursion, with just 3 cabins-cum-beach bars.
On the beaches in town, expect windsurfing, kayaking, sailing, fishing and all manner of aquatic sports. The resort also offers a funfair-type park in the name of Amigoland, complete with rides, slides, candyfloss and a floating bar.
Things to see
The old fishing port is well-worth a wander on a sunny afternoon into evening to watch the fishermen with their sea bass and crabs.
The wetlands of the park are the place to be if you like your views pink-legged and bendy-kneed flamingos. The Etangs is the only place to catch sight of this many wild flamingos outside of Africa, in such a large flock.
Take a peek into the underworld at Le Grau’s Seaquarium, with tanks of octopus and tropical fish, sea lions and seals, sharks and rays.