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Camping in Cap d'Agde, black pearl of the Mediterranean

La roche noire du Cap d'Agde
La roche noire du Cap d'Agde

Feel like a camping holiday in Cap d'Agde? It's no coincidence that the seaside resort of Cap d'Agde is the second most popular tourist spot in the region in the summer. The area is visited by plenty of tourists, but above all boasts plenty of natural beauty and extraordinary sites like the black sand beach or Brescou Fort. It also has plenty of colour, especially in the Languedoc villages at sunset. And lastly, plenty of sand with 14 kilometres of beaches, and plenty of good weather with 300 days of sunshine a year!

Cap d'Agde is the story of a seaside resort, created barely fifty years ago in the municipality of Agde. Cap d'Agde was built as part of a government drive to boost tourism on the Languedoc Roussillon coast. Ideally located right by the Mediterranean and at the foot of an ancient volcano (Mont Saint-Loup), Cap d'Agde is part of the Occitanie region. Explore it with the family, friends or a loved one, on foot or by bike thanks to the many footpaths and cycle paths the resort offers.

La Grande Conque beach

Cap d'Agde has no fewer than seven different beaches, with something to suit every taste. Some are more family-friendly, others are more convenient as they are near to the shops and restaurants.

It's one of the most beautiful sites in Cap d'Agde. This crescent-shaped inlet was born of the sea and the black sand from the Mont Saint-Loup volcano, which the seaside resort backs onto. The striking contrast between the black sand and the emerald green colour of the sea makes it well worth a visit. This is a wild and natural place that contrasts with the "modern" architecture of the seaside resort. From the tip of the cliff, you will also have a remarkable view of the black-flecked beach and the Mediterranean, as well as the Richelieu jetty and Brescou Fort. This magnificent landscape is down to the basalt rock, which seems to flow into the sea and has earned the resort its nickname: the black pearl of the Mediterranean.. It's an exceptional sight at sunrise. Lastly, to make the most of this location, bear in mind that the cliff path is a pleasant route for a walk with the whole family.

Black sand beach at La Grande Conque in Cap d'Agde
Black sand beach at La Grande Conque in Cap d'Agde© Thinkstock

Choose your campsite in Cap d'Agde

Around thirty campsites await you in Agde and Cap d'Agde, giving you great freedom of choice. You can pick the one nearest to the tourist attractions you would like to visit, like the beach, harbour or museum. With its four stars, the Mer et Soleil campsite has it all. A few kilometres from the sea, you can enjoy a balneotherapy centre, a large water park, kids' and teens' clubs, dancing, shows and concerts.

The Ephebe Museum

The Agde area's heritage treasures are on display here. Exhibits include 50 years of archaeological discoveries in the River Hérault, as well as in the sea and the Etang de Thau lagoon. It's also the only museum in France dedicated to underwater archaeology. The Ephebe Museum aims to be dynamic and above all open to all ages. So for children, it has workshops with scavenger hunts, stories and drawings. "The museum is a public place where visitors can find information, chat, stroll around, learn and even have fun".

Brescou Fort

This architectural gem, built in 1586, stands in the distance on a basalt islet of the same name, unique in the Mediterranean and created by a volcanic eruption under the sea. The fort was first used as a watchtower to guard against English invasions, then as a State prison until the 19th century. It also has a modern lighthouse, inhabited by a guard until 1950 and used to signal rocks to navigators. Bear in mind that the fort can be visited all year, by taking a boat from the Centre Port in Cap d’Agde. The visit lasts two hours and is sure to please the whole family. Brescou Fort is part of Languedoc's heritage, and its architecture was undoubtedly designed by Vauban himself.

View of Brescou Fort from Cap d'Agde
View of Brescou Fort from Cap d'Agde© Thinkstock


Cap d'Agde is a major naturist site, but don't get the wrong idea! Not everyone is naked all the time in Cap d'Agde, contrary to popular belief... Naturists are concentrated in one single "village" with a philosophy of communal living, enjoying the holidays in total freedom and a friendly atmosphere but also in harmony with nature, always with respect for others and oneself.

Within the village, naturists enjoy a large beach over 2 kilometres long, as well as a whole range of dedicated facilities like accommodation, restaurants, shops and other leisure opportunities. There are also 3 naturist beaches, supervised and equipped with aid stations, as well as various water sports, ideal for families.


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