Villeneuve-lès-Maguelone first and foremost, is a 9 kilometres long, wild, protected beach, ideal for walking with your feet in the water, for bathing or for kitesurfing.
It can be reached by a footbridge which crosses the famous Rhône-Sète Canal. On foot, by bike, or on a small train, a path leads you to the beach but not only that, on the route bordering the salt water lake of Arnel, you can admire the many migratory birds : flamingos, ducks, waders…
Along the way, visit Saint-Pierre de Maguelone Cathedral. This fortress church, once a romanesque bishop's palace, welcomed popes and bishops throughout the Middle Ages. Surrounded by waters and vineyards, and now fully accessible, it offers an enchanting setting and a beautiful panorama. In the autumn, this location hosts a music festival, ‘Voices of Maguelone’.
Inland is the ancient medieval village of Villeneuve-lès-Maguelone itself. Discover there, typical Languedoc houses, St. Etienne's church, built in the twelfth century, the workshops in the narrow alleys and the vineyard estates of the town.
Another local tradition, the exploitation of salt, has been continued since the Middle Ages. At that time the salt marshes of Villeneuve belonged mainly to the bishop's palace of Maguelone, which closed its doors in 1969. Today they are the property of the Conservatoire du Littoral and have become a natural, protected space.
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