Known as the garden of the sea, thepond of Thau is a high place of shellfish farming in Marseillan Plage, famous for its production of mussels and oysters. It is also a popular destination for snow sports enthusiasts. To combine nautical pleasures and discoveries during your camping stay in Herault, offer you an excursion around the Thau Lagoon, 10 km from Robinson campsite. The Thau Lagoon is nestled at the foot of Mont Saint Clair de Sète, bordered by the towns of Sète, Balaruc-les-Bains, Bouzigues, Mèze and Marseillan. There are different ways to approach it depending on your desires at the time. This shellfish farm in the Hérault department is very close to the Mediterranean Sea, and is the arrival point of the Canal du Midi. It is one of the largest ponds in France, close to the city of Sète, where oyster farmers raise oysters and produce tons of Bouzigues oysters.
The pond of Thau Largest pond in Languedoc Roussillon
This pond of 7500 ha is the largest pond in the Languedoc Roussillon region with a length of 19 kilometers in some points. This assembly of landscapes and environments of life very varied, true multicolored mosaic, is a place very appreciated for the culture of the oyster but also for the practice of the water sports.
A true nature reserve
If you like to contemplate nature, in its calm and its enchantment, come and admire the slopes of the pond with its shades of blue between sky and sea. This vast lagoon shelters a remarkable biodiversity that you can discover during a nature walk. The pond serves as a refuge for more than 400 plant species and 100 animal species such as clams, sea snails, sea urchins, sea breams, wolffish, and many others. Let yourself be enchanted by the thousand and one colored landscapes and don’t forget to bring your camera. Sétois boaters will be able to take advantage of suspended strolls on the edge of the pond and enjoy the Mediterranean coastline and the natural environment of the Thau lagoon.
Sports activities in the Etang de Thau
Sportsmen, fishermen and sea lovers will prefer to practice water sports on the pond. Join Sète, Marseillan or Mèze to practice them. Water activities such as sailing, kayaking, windsurfing, kite-surfing and even diving are offered from their water bases. Be careful, the respect of the regulations is of rigor in order to protect this sensitive space. If you want to relax, let yourself be tempted by a wellness break in Balaruc-les-Bains. This city is the 2nd thermal spa in France and has many establishments to welcome you. Spa day, sauna or body treatments, you’ll be spoilt for choice.
Seafood tasting on the Etang de Thau
Finally, for the gourmets, the tasting of oysters and shellfish in the parks or at the water’s edge is a must. Here, since ancient times, the oyster beds have been spread out as far as the eye can see to the liking of the Languedoc tides, like well-tended gardens at the water’s edge, maintained by families for many generations. Nothing better to discover these authentic flavors than to go to Bouzigues, the capital of the oyster. Visit the Etang de Thau Museum to discover the secrets of oyster farming and taste the oysters offered by the producers themselves. In Bouzigues, Mèze or in the seaside resort of Marseillan, you can also enjoy shellfish in the shade of the restaurant terraces, in front of the colorful boats and nets drying in the sun in a traditional fishing port setting. Accompany it with a Picpoul de Pinet to obtain the perfect marriage between wine and seafood.