Le Grau du Roi
From Grau du Roi to Port Camargue
Neighbor of La Grande Motte and Aigues-Mortes, the Grau-du-Roi is a former fishing village which has become one of the most popular resorts in the Mediterranean. Surrounded by water, the territory of Grau-du-Roi offers 18 km of beaches, but also the berges du Vidourle, du Petit Rhône, de l'étang du Ponant and du lac de Salonique.
The grau around which the village of Grau-du-Roi was built was formed on the coast at the end of the 16th century. It began to be developed by Henry IV, then a channel was opened during the 18th century up to Aigues-Mortes. It was at this time that a fisherman's village developed around the grau. The second fishing port of the country on the Mediterranean Sea, the Grau du roi is still an ideal destination to admire the ballet of the trawlers arriving at the port and to attend the fish auction.
The resort becomes tourist in the 19th century. It is enriched by many villas Belle Époque whose elegant architecture contrasts with the picturesque traditional fishermen's houses. In the 20th century, with the construction of Port-Camargue, the Grau-du-Roi is then provided with an exceptional marina and a marina.
What to do in Le Grau-du-Roi?
The beaches of the resort are varied : the small beaches of the city center are family oriented and very lively. A few minutes away by bike, l'Espiguette offers on the contrary a wild scenery, ideal for lovers of wide open spaces.
The festivities are numerous, throughout the season. Live music concerts are organized three days a week in summer. The votive festival in September is an opportunity to attend Camargue races and demonstrations of guards.
Don't miss to visit with your family the Palais de la Mer, which includes a sea museum and the Seaquarium, a 2000 m² aquarium which offers you to meet sharks, seals, sea lions and exotic fish.
The port of Grau-du-Roi is the starting point of many sea trips, on shuttle or catamaran, but also on the channel, up to Aigues-Mortes. An infinity of water and aquatic leisure activities, a few kilometers away from the camping in Camargue, is proposed in this station which shelters the largest marina in Europe.