TO DO | NATURE
One of the best beaches in Languedoc is Plage de l’Espiguette. This pure and unspoilt paradise stretches over 18 kilometres south of Port Camargue and Grau du Roi. Being one of the largest beaches of Languedoc, it is hard to believe that you won’t find any beach bar with pumping beats or floating banana around. Nope. None of that. Just you and your towel on the wide, wide beach.
Into the wild
Chéri, the kids and I were travelling back home from a little break and wanted to make a beach stop nearby. As I already heard talking about l’Espiguette, I was very curious to discover this beach. Arriving at the end of the afternoon, we found the beach almost deserted. Which made it even more magical to be here!
Regarding its unspoilt beauty, it is no surprise that l’Espiguette is classified as a natural site since 1998. In 2014 the beautiful beach got even classified as an official Grand Site of France. The for this beach recognisable wooden fences are put there to protect the dunes. Not only from the wind and the water but unfortunately also from ignorant tourists.
Even in the heart of the summer, you will only find a few beach bars at l’Espiguette. Amongst them l’Oyat Plage: a “paillote” in Camarguaise style who rents out some beach beds, kayaks, stand-up paddle boards and pedaloes. However, they are very eco-conscious and blend in perfectly with the surroundings. You will find the most sun and sea lovers near these rare beach bars and close to the car park. If you walk a bit further, you will come to the nudist part of the beach.
As we took a late-afternoon dip in the sea, most of the crowd was already gone. We only saw some fishermen and equestrians enjoying the last rays of sun. With the lighthouse in the background, the only building in sight. L’Espiguette truly is a unique gem of Languedoc, with its purity of unspoilt nature. A rare find among the overcrowded beaches of South of France!