Print Posted By Lost in France on 13 Mar 2011 in French Regions - Languedoc-Roussillon

Gruissan a medieval village

Gruissan © Adeline Callamand / ATOUT FRANCEGruissan is a unique site in the Mediterranean. It has everything you may need for the perfect holiday. You can get up in the morning and check on the pavement artist on the quay and see how he is getting along with his commissions, then walk to the bakery where they will be baking fresh bread, perfect for hot baguettes and warm croissants for breakfast.

The medieval Village, built in a circle around the castle is classed as one of the most beautiful in France with its narrow streets and old houses, tiny shops and family run restaurants. The Marina is one of the Mediterranean's major pleasure boat harbours, learn to sail or take a trip to Port Nouvelle or the bird sanctuary to see the pink flamingos.

Visitors can also explore the Clape massif, covered with fragrant pine forests and filled with cicadas. The garrigue (scented scrubland) gives off wafts of thyme and rosemary. The shoreline, with its beaches of golden sand and sea lagoons, as well as AOC vineyards, relics and monuments combine to be redolent with history.


Le château de "Barberousse et le vieux village: The Tour Barberousse is all that remains of a castle built at the end of the 10th century to observe the approaches to the harbour at Narbonne and to guard against seaborne invasions of the city.

La cité de la Vigne et du Raisin : Located in the heart of the Languedoc vineyards, the City of Vine and Wine is a unique place in France. It will carry visitors away to the heart of the wine adventure where they will be able to see, smell, experiment, learn and taste. It is also a place of conviviality where you can discover and savour unique wines and local gastronomic specialities.

Les chalets sur pilotis: Starting in 1865, sea holidays had started to become fashionable and many inhabitants of the nearby bigger towns, such as Narbonne, came to Gruissan. Along the way, they have constructed many beach chalets. Today, more than 1,300 are lined up on 10 different lines.

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