(PRWEB) July 15, 2006
From butt-naked naturists to bouncy castles… how to find the beach that’s right for you.
Languedoc’s biggest information website http://www.creme-de-languedoc.com has just released an in-depth report covering 42 beaches along the Mediterranean coast.
The Languedoc Beach Report comprises reviews and photographs along a 250 kilometre coastal stretch in the south of France, scoring each beach from Bad to Excellent and detailing criteria such as sand quality, setting, the availability of restaurants, bars, toilets, showers and parking; nudist areas and facilities for children are also noted.
Designed to help holidaymakers sort the wheat from the chaff, the Languedoc Beach Report tells it like it is. Just because a beach is on the Med doesn’t mean it’s a nice place to spend the day, and the report aims to ensure that no one wastes valuable holiday time hunting for the perfect beach.
Asked for advice on where to go – and what to avoid – the report’s author and Crème de Languedoc co-founder Greg Taylor suggests the following:
Languedoc has some beautiful beaches on offer, but you have to know where to go. Espiguette, for example, is often not marked on maps, yet it is one of the longest beaches in France, stretching from the marina at the Grau du Roi all the way into neighbouring Provence. Completely wild, with a sandy landscape of dunes and cacti bordered by beautiful clear waters, it’s a little difficult to find and the walk from the car park to the beach can be a long one, but its size guarantees everyone their own space, and its remoteness makes for an utterly peaceful, relaxing experience.
Near the city of Narbonne, Leucate Plage is also a great tip. Fir-covered hills rise along this stretch of the coast, dotted with attractive villas. The village has the feel of a Californian beach town, complete with surf shops and good restaurants serving up ultra-fresh seafood. The vibe is relaxed and the beach is enormous, attractive and clean, with fine sand and plenty of toilets and showers. Clamber around the rocks at the beach end and you come to a much narrower area enclosed by steep rocks which offers a more intimate and secluded atmosphere.
Avoid the famous town beaches - those huge stretches of sand only 10-15 minutes drive away from Languedoc’s major coastal cities of Montpellier, Béziers, Narbonne and Perpignan. They are the most obvious beaches to visit, the best publicised and the most popular amongst city-dwellers. But they suffer from over-commercialisation and feature row-upon-row of cheap and nasty concrete holiday homes, tacky postcard shops and ice cream stalls, and tightly-packed crowds of bathers in the summer months.
Argelès Plage is famous - it’s often cited as one of the best beaches in the whole of France - but there’s a catch. Split into two halves, the southern, more commercial end of Argeles is not very nice. Games arcades and garish bouncy castles spoil the atmosphere. Instead, head north up the beach, beyond the hubbub, to the more remote area from where you can enjoy impressive views of the Pyrenees (still snow-capped in May). The beach is huge and deep, with fine sand and dense clumps of pine trees and grass separating the sand from the holiday homes and camp sites behind.
Says Taylor: “The beauty of a beach is in the eye of the beholder. A family of six on a budget is going to have very different needs to a retired couple from Hampstead. Ice cream, bouncy castles and clean loos are arguably more important to parents than a fancy cocktail bar, so even though the Crème de Languedoc beach scores are subjective, we’ve listed all the details – including whether or not you can go naked - so visitors can make a fully-informed choice.”
The full Languedoc Beach Report is published at
http://www.creme-de-languedoc.com/beaches.htm and is part of http://www.creme-de-languedoc.com, the world’s largest English-language website for the Languedoc region, comprising sections on sightseeing, activities, history, weather, travel, geography, cuisine, wine, city guides, websites, blogs, books and magazines.
Greg Taylor and Alex Charles left the London 'rat race' behind them in March 2003 and set up a web design company after completing 3 property renovations. A lovers of the South France Languedoc region they soon set about creating the world's authority on all you need to know about property and life in this beautiful part of France.
For further information:
Alex Charles or Greg Taylor
Tel. +33 (0)4 67 88 70 33