Montpellier has a particularly attractive, unspoilt coastline, with many beaches and marinas.
Villeneuve-lès-Maguelone, located 10 km south west of Montpellier, offers 3000 hectares of protected nature. Between sea and lake this is a real change of scenery.
Close to Montpellier, the beaches of the Petit Travers and the Grand Travers (between the Grande Motte and Carnon); those of Palavas-les-Flots; of the Aresquiers in Frontignan; or the Espiguette in Le Grau-du-Roi, are ideal for long walks, for paddling, for water sports, or just lazing about with a drink on a private beach.
To get to the beaches, by bus, tramway or bike (if you’re the athletic type!), visit the websites of the TAM or of Hérault Transport where several options are available to you.
The Vélomagg Beach (TAM) operation allows you to go from Montpellier to Villeneuve-lès-Maguelone beach by bus and then onwards by bike. Also, from Montpellier, there’s a tarmac cycle path along the River Lez via Lattes, allowing you to reach the beaches of Palavas-les-Flots 8 km away.