Bouzigues travel guide

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Bouzigues is one of the towns on the northern shores of the Etang de Thau in Languedoc Rousssillon (across from Sete, which can be seen in the distance across the water).

It has been a centre for oyster and mussel production as far back as the Greeks - the earliest fishers here lived in troglodyte caves along the shore.

Exploring Bouzigues

The village of Bouzigues is without major monuments (although you will see the 15th century church) but the town centre is pleasant to stroll around.

There is a small beach in the village, which also has an attractive harbour used by both local fishing boats as well as visiting pleasure boats, and a stroll around the harbour is an essential part of a visit, perhaps pausing to watch a local artist or two trying to capture the scenery...

The old centre of Bouzigues is also quite small but includes some streets of traditional small cottages.

There are plenty of cafes, bars and restaurants and of course, no visit would be complete without sampling the local mussels and oysters! The oyster beds themselves are very photogenic, and best enjoyed by walking along the path along the edge of the etang.

There is also a small museum in Bouzigues (in the port) that explains the history and techniques of the production of oysters and mussels in the Etang de Thau.

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While touring the Bassin de Thau visit also Loupian, Meze and Balaruc-le-Vieux, other small towns on the northern half of the bassin, and perhaps Sete, the largest town in the region.

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

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Balaruc-le-Vieux is a small village on the Etang-de-Thau and near Balaruc-le-Bains, a long-established spa town

Balaruc-le-Vieux guide


Take a stroll around the town of Loupian, then visit the 1st century mosaics at the nearby Roman villa

Loupian guide


The harbour is the centre of activity in the fishing village of Meze, with oyster production active here for hundreds of years

Meze guide


Sete is a very active harbour town on the Etang de Thu

Sete guide
Etang de Thau

Etang de Thau

The large lagoon of the Etang de Thau has several interesting small fishing villages around its edges

Etang de Thau guide


Marseillan is one of the liveliest harbour towns on the Etng de Thau

Marseillan guide

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Address: Bouzigues, Mèze, Montpellier, Languedoc-Roussillon, 34140, France || GPS coordinates: latitude 43.449, longitude 3.6588

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Sightseeing & tourist attractions to visit nearby

  • Etang de Thau: site of natural beauty (6 km)
  • Étangs palavasiens: site of natural beauty (17 km)
  • Etangs du Bagnas: site of natural beauty (19 km)
  • Pezenas: recommended detour (19 km)
  • Céressou: site of natural beauty (24 km)
  • Montpellier: secteur sauvegarde (25 km)
  • Mare Nostrum: aquarium (27 km)
  • Parc zoologique de Lunaret: zoo or wildlife park (27 km)
  • Parc et jardins du château de Flaugergues: remarkable garden (28 km)
  • Parc et jardin du château de Margon: remarkable garden (29 km)
  • Jardin des carrières de Saint-Adrien: remarkable garden (29 km)
  • Grotte de la Clamouse: site of natural beauty (29 km)

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