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The Tour of the Thau Lagoon - Cycling Loop n°25

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60,31 Km
4 h 01 min
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Sète

60,31 km cycling loop from Sète

A beautiful discovery of the Thau Lagoon awaits you on this cycling loop, exclusively on bike paths or greenways. Throughout the journey, the lagoon is ever-present. The sky, the sea, and the blue of the lagoon merge depending on the light and time of day. From Sète to Balaruc-les-Bains, embark on the shuttle boat for a brief crossing of the largest lake in Occitania. Back on land between Balaruc and Mèze, the route gains some elevation, offering the opportunity to appreciate the panorama of the oyster beds stretching parallel as far as the eye can see. The Pointe des Onglous also offers a beautiful spectacle, with Mont Saint-Clair standing out in the background behind the lighthouse. Crossing the Lido between the dunes invites you to take a swim. Of course, tasting oysters accompanied by a glass of Clairette du Languedoc or Costières de Nîmes wine will perfectly complement your picnic!
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The Tour of the Thau Lagoon from Sète

This 60 km loop with 200 meters of positive elevation gain, starting from Marseillan-Plage, offers a variety of diverse sections and mainly follows bike paths or greenways suitable for all types of bikes. There is some elevation gain between Marseillan and Bouzigues.

Route Markings for Loop n°25

The loop is marked with green and white signs.

Shuttle Boat between Balaruc and Sète

You can cross the lagoon between Balaruc and Sète via shuttle boat from 9 am to 6:55 pm - €5.5 for a one-way ticket.

Highlights of this Ride

  • Pointe des Onglous: to observe boats completing their journey on the Canal du Midi and reaching the Thau Lagoon.
  • Village of Marseillan: the beautiful fishing port and the old town of the ancient Phocaean city, with its numerous beaches inviting for a swim.
  • Oyster farms along the lagoon, where you can stop and enjoy a tasting. The views of the jetties and oyster beds on the lagoon are magnificent.
  • Natural Sensitive Area, Les Prés de Soupié: you're in the middle of nowhere... or rather, in the midst of birds (including pink flamingos) quietly going about their activities.
  • Bouzigues: bustling with people tasting oysters in the many small restaurants with sea views. If you're not in a hurry, take a pleasant lunch break.
  • Sète: The Pointe Courte neighborhood in Sète is a true village within the city, with small houses and fishing boats. The Théâtre de la Mer, overlooking the marine cemetery, offers a high coastal road that allows you to appreciate the beautiful coves below.
  • La Redoute du Castellas: a small stone tower planted in the sand, used for keeping watch for potential invaders in the 18th century.

Nearby Train Stations

  • Sète and Marseillan-Plage Train Stations
     

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