Agde combines the glamour of a seaside resort with the historic charm of a medieval village. The town is perched on the Languedoc coast and boasts sandy beaches, crystal-clear water and an infectious holiday atmosphere. When you’re not basking on the beach, spend your time exploring the ancient old town and visiting the excellent shipwreck museum.
Things to do in Agde
Cap d’Agde occupies a picturesque headland fringed by stunning beaches. You’ll find some of the best stretches of sand on the west side of the headland, around the seaside villages of La Tamarissière and St-Vincent. Bask in the sunshine, walk through the heritage-listed pine forest and cool off in the Mediterranean Sea.
Set on the banks of the Hérault River, Vieux Agde is the resort’s charming historic district. You’ll love strolling along the cobbled streets, pausing to admire beautifully restored villas and mansions built from black volcanic rock. Don’t miss Agde Cathedral, a magnificent 12th-century building overlooking the river.
It’s worth spending a few hours strolling around Grau d’Agde, a lively fishing port on the left bank of the Hérault. Enjoy a stroll along the sunny promenade, then stop to admire colourful fishing boats in the harbour and watch locals reel in their catches of the day.
Set on the harbourfront in Cap d’Agde, the Musée de l’Éphèbe recalls the town’s ancient past. Inside you can discover exhibits on artefacts salvaged from shipwrecks off the Languedoc coast. The showpiece is a Hellenistic bronze statue said to have been inspired by Alexander the Great.
Getting around Agde
Agde is pedestrian-friendly and easy to get around on foot. Trains run between Gare d’Agde Station and Montpellier in around 30 minutes while rental cars offer the freedom to explore at your own pace. Montpellier-Méditerranée Airport is a one-hour drive up the coast.