La Grande-Motte is a luxe Mediterranean resort fringed by golden sand and turquoise water. Famous French architect Jean Balladur masterminded the resort in the 1960s and designed the signature pyramid-shaped buildings you’ll see dotting the shoreline and marina. The unique designs were supposedly inspired by Inca pyramids, giving La Grande-Motte a whimsical feel.
Things to do in La Grande-Motte
Water sports are big in La Grande-Motte, with jet skis, kayaks and paddleboards available to rent from local outfitters. Catamaran tours take you out onto the water and often include drinks and canapes. Snorkel off the boat and toast to your holiday with a sunset glass of champagne.
If you prefer a slower pace, rent a sun lounger for the day and relax on the beach. Upmarket bars dot the sand and will tempt you with fruity cocktails. Clothing is optional at Espiguette Beach, making it popular with free-spirited holidaymakers. Le Grand Travers is just south of La Grande-Motte and features a long stretch of sand and a family-friendly atmosphere.
More than 25 kilometres of cycle paths wind through La Grande-Motte and make it easy to explore the resort on two wheels. Some trails are lined with lush pine and cypress trees, while others skirt the shores of the Mediterranean Sea. Attractions like high ropes courses and a family-friendly aquarium will keep the kids entertained.
La Grande-Motte is dotted with upscale restaurants and cocktail bars where you can enjoy classic French cuisine. Many specialise in seafood and will tempt you with freshly caught squid, mussels, oysters and creamy “bourride” fish stew.
Getting around La Grande-Motte
La Grande-Motte is pedestrian-friendly and easy to get around on foot, while bikes are a safe and eco-friendly way to get from A to B. The resort is a 30-minute drive from Montpellier and 15 minutes from Montpellier-Méditerranée Airport.