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Le Crès

Located north east of Montpellier, Le Crès is well known for its lake which is appeciated by the inhabitants of the region. The vast  site of the lake is well equipped and benefits from footpaths, a bathing area, a children’s playground, a picnic area, an orienteering circuit, a skate park, a multisports ground, BMX and mountain bike trails…

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  • Crès Lake
  • market
  • picnic area
  • children’s playground
  • Camarguaise bull running
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Today, the Crès lake is a place for leisure and relaxing, open to the public 365 days a year. This 27 hectare site is accessible by car but also by foot or by bike from the line 2 Tram stop ‘Via Domitia’.

In addition to the lake, the local Council has developed 10 km of cycle paths, part of which run alongside the Salaison river.

Le Crès also has a historical centre, ‘wine-maker’ style houses, a Town Hall and the Saint-Martin church. Let’s not forget the bullfight arena built in 1995, where there are organised camarguaises bull running (courses camarguaises) a bloodless alternative to bullfighting, from June to September and the market which takes place every Sunday morning.

The arena often plays host to a now famous local child :  Rémi Gaillard.


If the municipality is quite recent, the site of Le Crès has been inhabited for a very long time.

Remains dating from the Paleolithic age  and the Gallo-Roman period can confirm that. If the village developped during the 6th and 7th centuries, the history of Le Crès is then linked to that of the Lords of Castries, of the Guilhem, the Maguelone Bishops, the Mauguio Counts and the Lords of Montpellier.

Integrated with the Municipality of Castelnau, Le Crès got its independence from an 1872 Republican decree.

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Did you know ?

The Crès lake is 15 metres deep and spreads over 6 hectares. Its origin is a former quarry where limestone was extracted. Cracks in the stone allowed underground water  sources to  progressively fill the cavity.