Le Grau-du-Roi is a small picturesque fishing village in the Gard department in the Occitania region of southern France. The town could also be called Aqua du Roi Surrounded by fine sand beaches , canals,lagoon, harbour and marinas . Le Grau-du-Roi was founded by Italian immigrants at the end of the 19th century in an inhospitable zone between sea and ponds at the mouth of the Vidourle into the Mediterranean Sea. Until the 1920s, the city’s economic activities were entirely limited to fishing. Thereafter, tourism became increasingly important.
In the late 1960s, the construction of a new marina was started. Today it has become Port Camargue, Europe’s largest leisure port. The ponds around Le Grau-du-Roi are home to numerous wild flamingos.
Access : Coordinates: 43.5381, 4.1372 / Train ride from Nimes to Le Grau-du-Roi
Express trains from Nimes to Le Grau-du-Roi take about 45 minutes at a distance of about 38 kilometers. There are frequent connections on the railway line from Nimes to Le Grau-du-Roi./
By car : From Paris / Lyon take the A9 La Languedocienne motorway, exit Gallargues N ° 26 then N113 D979 D62 , From Marseille take the motorway A54 Exit N ° 4 Arles, Saintes Maries de la Mer, then D570, D58 and D62 , By road, by car
Distances from Paris = 755 km ,Lyon = 295 km ,Toulouse = 268 km ,Marseille = 142 km
/ By bus : Regular routes from Montpellier
Herault Transport Line No. 106 , Regular lines departing from Nimes
Lio Gard Coach Line C32 , New 2019: From Paris – Arrival Le Grau du Roi
Flix Bus / By boat : By the sea
The Grau du Roi located in the bay of Aigues Mortes is accessible by the sea, but also by the Canal du Midi and the Canal du Rhone to Sete. 2 marinas where to moor.
Seaport of Plaisance du Grau du Roi :
Located Quai Colbert at the mouth of the river Vidourle and the shipping channel (Grande Roubine) leading to Aigues-Mortes. It communicates with the Canal du Rhone in Sete by the Canal Maritime. Port sheltered from all winds.
Marina Port Camargue :
1st marina in Europe, 2nd in the world behind San Diego in the USA, Port Camargue is one with the Grau du Roi. 5,000 boats are in place year-round, including 2,761 in public and 2,239 in marinas. 200 places are reserved for the stopover.
- Espiguette Beach , Port Camargue Dans le Gard, Gard, Le Grau-du-Roi, vast unspoiled beach
- Seaquarium , Avenue du Palais de la Mer, 30240, Le Grau-du-Roi, Open : 9:30 am – 6:30 pm , aquarium and Sea Museum with many interactive games.
Arenes du Grau du Roi , 3 Route d Aigues Mortes, 30240, Le Grau-du-Roi, For fans of the genre … Emmering bulls and cowhocks
- the old lighthouse and its copper lantern dates bact to 1828 ,
- Mini Beach , Plage Nord | Acces Plage N°46/47, 30240, Le Grau-du-Roi, Private beach managed by tourism professionals.
- Marina Beach , Route des Marines – Plage Sud | Port-Camargue, 30240, Le Grau-du-Roi, Open : 10:00 am – 2:00 am
Activities : hiking, cycling or horse riding / Casino Flamingo Le Grau-du-Roi / nautical activities / surfing / sea kayaking / Camargue wild safari 4×4
/ Babyland / Lunapark
Events : the feast of Saint-Pierre , At the end of June
Go next : Camargue/ Aigues-Mortes / Montpellier / Nimes / Marseille / Avignon / Le Pont du Gard