Marseillan, Languedoc-Roussillon: tourism & sightseeing

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Visit Marseillan (Languedoc-Roussillon, France)


Marseillan is one of the picturesque villages on the Etang de Thau in Languedoc-Roussillon and east of Beziers. Once an active fishing port, its principal activity now revolves around its position at the end of the Canal du Midi (a world heritage site).

Exploring Marseillan

Canelet at MarseillanThe port is pleasant and not over-commercialised, although there are plenty of small shops and cafes to distract you in the town, and marseillan gives the impression of being a working town rather than a tourist town.

The highlights here in Marseillan include the quays of the port where you can enjoy a promenade.

The 17th century Church of Saint John the Baptist retains parts of the original 11th century church that stood here and is worth visiting in the heart of the old town. Nearby you can see a traditional covered market hall, while the statue of Marianne in the town is said to be the oldest in France.

The town also has a myriad of narrow old streets to amble around inland from the harbour, a seemingly endless maze of two and three storey houses looking much as they would have done a hundred years ago (with the occasional 'posh' modern renovation among them).

Marseillan is also the centre for the production of the well-known Noilly-Prat wine, and is a centre for various nautical sports.

The highlight of the Marseillan year is the 16th August, when the game of 'Capelet' takes over the town - a great 'action and adventure game' involving a lot of getting wet for the competitors!

Attractions nearby

Nearby Marseillan Plage is a popular seaside resort, with a long sandy beach and a pleasure port and is especially popular with campers.

There are several small towns and villages around the Bassin de Thau itself, including the large town of Sete, while the pleasant town of Agde is just a few kilometres to the west of Marseillan.

See more of the popular resorts and beaches in Languedoc

You can find more local travel ideas in the Herault guide and the Languedoc-Roussillon guide.

See also:

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Address: Marseillan, Agde, Béziers, Herault, Languedoc-Roussillon, 34340, France || GPS: latitude 43.357, longitude 3.5283

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Sightseeing & tourist attractions to visit nearby

  • Etangs du Bagnas: site of natural beauty (5km)
  • Etang de Thau: site of natural beauty (9km)
  • Pezenas: recommended detour (14km)
  • Jardin des carrières de Saint-Adrien: remarkable garden (20km)
  • Parc et jardin du château de Margon: remarkable garden (23km)
  • Céressou: site of natural beauty (24km)
  • Beziers: secteur sauvegarde (25km)
  • Étangs palavasiens: site of natural beauty (31km)
  • Cirque du Moureze: site of natural beauty (32km)
  • Cirque de Mourèze: site of natural beauty (32km)

Market days in Marseillan, France

Regular market(s) are held in Marseillan each Tuesday.

A seasonal market is held in Marseillan on Monday & Wednesday & Friday & Saturday. (Markets are held in the morning unless stated.)

The French version of this page is at Marseillan (Francais)