Just an hour down the road from Uzes, near Montpelier, is the beach resort, La Grande-Motte. At first glance, it’s a bit like seeing a piece of contemporary furniture among French antiques.
By all descriptions, La Grande-Motte is a modern, planned, vacation home community. I wasn’t expecting to see such a place in this part of France. Perhaps around Nice. But not so close to Montpelier, a city that is so splendid and classically elegant. Nevertheless, the manicured walkways, golf courses and harbor at the holiday site are very appealing.
A sailing regatta was underway the day I was visiting. Many of the famous boaters of France were participating.
A walk around the property leads to the promenade with shops and restaurants.
Dejeuner offers a wide selection of local fare.
La Grande-Motte, which boasts seven miles of sandy beach, offers a wide choice of accommodations. In season, I understand the resort is filled to near-capacity.
I mean, who can resist a walk or bike ride along this beautiful shoreline?
One of the best features to me is the proximity to one of my favorite places — the Camargue. Catamaran tours and 4×4 “safaris” into the marshlands of the Camargue are once-in-a-lifetime adventures that make La Grande-Motte a stop on my tour list.