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. It is one of the largest beaches of Languedoc, so it’s hard to believe that it won’t be filled with beach bars with pumping beats and littered with inflatable toys. 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 stop at a beach nearby. As I had heard 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!
Given its unspoilt beauty, it is no surprise that l’Espiguette has been classified as a natural site since 1998. In 2014 the beautiful beach was even classified as an official Grand Site of France. This beach is immediately recognisable because of the wooden fences, which have been put up to protect the dunes. Not only from the wind and the water but unfortunately also from ignorant tourists.
Even in the height of summer, you will still only find a few beach bars at l’Espiguette. Amongst them l’Oyat Plage: a “paillote” in Camarguaise style which rents out 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 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.
When 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 Languedoc gem, and an amazing opportunity to experience pure, unspoilt nature. A rare find amongst the overcrowded beaches of the South of France!