At the foot of the extinct volcano Mont Saint-Loup, Agde is a unique setting: built between the Mediterranean, the Canal du Midi and the mouth of the Hérault, this city once held by the Greeks is known for its buildings made of volcanic rocks that give it the nickname “Black Pearl”. The picturesque city has a rich architectural heritage and history that you can discover during your holiday in Occitania: it is home to the Saint-Étienne Cathedral built in basalt and featuring a 35-meter bell-tower-keep, one of the most beautiful fortified churches in the region. This Occitanian village has many remarkable sites and buildings to discover, including its ramparts, doors, plazas and town houses and consulate house built in the Italian Renaissance style. The city of Agde, intersected by the Canal du Midi, also has a unique round lock that is listed as an Historical Monument.
On the edge of the Mediterranean, the Grau d’Agde at the mouth of the river and the Cap d’Agde backed by the Mont Saint-Loup are sites not be missed along the coastline, each with a different feeling: a traditional fishing village facing the Tamarissière neighborhood on the left bank of the Hérault, the Grau d’Agde is a little authentic port town with boats that come and go and maritime festivals. The Cap d’Agde is a resort town with myriad activities surrounding a marina. On one side of the marina there is the naturist village of Bagnas, on the other the resort town with several monitored beaches, an aquarium, underwater archeology museum and arenas. The Ile des Loisirs is dedicated to fun and games: the theme park Luna Park, night clubs, and the casino are all located there. The first Aqualand park in France is also located in Cap d’Agde. The nearby Archipel de la Cité de l’Eau has 10,000 m2 of water-based fun, sports and well-being. And golf lovers will enjoy the 27-hole international golf course.