Frontignan Plage & Sete

24th May 2017

We followed a cycling route that took us around the north side of Etang d’Ingril, skirted the town of Frontignan, then back along the beach road on the south side of the Etang to the campsite, a distance of about 11 miles.  We stopped for a beer on the way back!  The Etang d’Ingril is a lagoon that sits at the back of the long spit of land and is home to more than 130 types of birds, perfect for walking, cycling, wind and kite surfing, bird watching and nature lovers.  The Rhone Canal runs through the centre of the lagoon, The shingle and sand beach in front of the lagoon runs from Frontignan plage to Aresquiers Plage for about 7kms with plenty of access and parking places.

On Monday, Jill’s Birthday, we treated her to a day in Sete, unfortunately there is no dedicated cycle path so we took the car. Sete is France’s largest Mediterranean fishing port, has a network of canals that give it its local nickname of the “Little Venice of Languedoc”.

We walked up the very steep incline Mont St Clair to take in the views of Sète and visit the Chapel of Notre-Dame-de-la- Salette that sits on top of the hill.   There are two ways to walk to the top, one to follow the road from the Port entrance that is very steep in places but occasionally meanders the hillside (the number 5 bus also takes this route) and the other is to go straight up Rue Paul Valery and keep going straight and then follow the steps up to the top. Either way, the strain on the heart and legs, unless you take the bus, is well worth it, amazing panoramic views over Sète, the Etang de Thau; a large lagoon, Frontignan Plage and beyond as far as you can see to the east.  There are also panoramic views to the west if you climb to the viewing terrace.

There are plenty of seafood restaurants that run along the edges of the canals and as it was Jill’s Birthday, we just had to try one!

We’ve been quite lazy, sunbathing on the shingle and sand beach that the site has direct access to, swimming in the pool, BBQ-ing, playing cards, reading books, a bit of cycling, eating moules et frites, drinking beer and wine, eating croissants and baquettes.

We’ve been staying at Camping Tamaris a good site with a super swimming pool, bar, restaurant, shop, children’s club, direct access to the beach, clean washing facilities and one we would go to again.  Off season it is very pleasant but we imagine that at high season it is really busy and probably could get quite noisy with all the activities that they have planned.  The site is a mixture of bungalows and camping pitches.

Today, we said our sad farewells to Mick and Jill who are heading to Belgium and we are headed for a party weekend at Liz’s between Rennes & St. Malo.  We have arrived at an Aire in the really lovely historic town of Loches, just south of Tours and couldn’t resist a walk around the old town this evening.