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Le Grau-du-Roi (Provençal: Lo Grau dau Rei) is a commune in the Gard department in southern France. It is the only commune in Gard to have a frontage on the Mediterranean. To the west is the Herault department and La Grande-Motte village, and to the east is the Bouches-du-Rhone department. Using the sea as a vantage point, the commune has four distinct sections: the right beach (Plage de Rive Droite), the Village, the left beach (Plage de Rive Gauche), Port Camargue and L’Espiguette. Immediately landwards are the large shallow étangs, saline marshes, which separate it from Aigues Mortes, a neighboring mediaeval walled city that used to be a port. The étangs are home to numerous flamingoes.
Le Grau-du-Roi is south of Aigues-Mortes, in the Gard department. It is in the canton d’Aigues-Mortes, which was originally in the Herault department, but it was exchanged for the canton de Ganges. It is separated from Aigues-Mortes by a series of saline marshes, called étangs in French, and a bend in the river Vidourle. The étangs are named as follows: l’étang du Ponant, l’étang du Médard, l’étang du Repausset Levant, and the lac de Salonique, which is a lake rather than a marsh, as its name suggests. To the west of the town, the coastal strip is breached where the Vidourle empties into the Mediterranean, and to the east is that of the Petit Rhone. The course of these two rivers has been subject to change and reversal. The Rhone used to flow into the étangs further to the west and at one point, the Vidourle flowed into it rather than the sea, The route in the 12th Century was through the Grau Louis and the Old Channel. In 1570, a new breach occurred at a point called Gagne-Petit. It is around this grau that the settlement was formed. The area between the étangs and the sea was settled by Italian immigrants at the end of the 19th century. From then until the 1920s, the economy was based entirely on fishing, but tourism later became important, culminating in the construction of Port-Camargue.
Port Camargue is a Beautiful and Perfect Place For Relaxing
Built in the 1970s, the Port Camargue pleasure marina and harbour is the ideal base for docking, with its sheltered entrance and many nautical services provided. It is the largest marina in Europe. The port is situated next to the old fishing port of Grau du Roi and its canal lined with fishing boats, old buildings, hotels and cafés. This can be reached from the marina by foot or cycle path.
Situated 20km away from Montpellier and 40 km from Nîmes, there are over 300 days of sunshine a year in Port Camargue. This is the ideal base for a spell of land-based tourism, located on the edge of the Camargue, a national park with a sense of mystery and unique natural environment. This is the land of black bulls, white horses and their horseback guardians, flamingos, marshes full of migrating birds.
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