Self Catering in MarseillanThe old town & port of Marseillan is an ideal location to find a Holiday Home near Agde, and especially Self-Catering Holiday Accommodation in Marseillan, and as the town is close to the Mediterranean, and at the southern end of its Départment, where better than here to find Holiday Accommodation in the Languedoc Region
The Canal Du Midi is an outstanding, and very early, example of commercial civil engineering which was constructed to link the Atlantic Ocean with the Mediterranean, and was built by Pierre Paul Riquet between 1665-1681. The canal passes through Beziers and its eastern end terminates in the Bassin de Thau only a couple of kilometres from Marseillan, and as a result, the town grew & prospered with the brisk commercial traffic, in both directions, along the Canal. This activity peaked by 1857 with the coming of the railways, but remained important, albeit at a slower pace, until 1980. Whereafter, the Canal du Midi & its environs have became more and more important as leisure & tourist destinations for those seeking Holiday Accommodation in the Languedoc. In fact, the Canal du Midi is now the most popular pleasure waterway in Europe, and Marseillan is its eastern terminus, with access to the sea at Agde.
Marseillan-Ville grew and developed inland from its port, the layout of which is a small version of that found at Marseilles. The town is centred on its covered market in Place Carnot , the Parish Church of St Jean-Baptiste, and the Town Hall (Hotel de Ville) The town is now well established as a destination for holiday rentals for visitors seeking to relax with walking holidays among the vineyards that crowd the slopes inland, also for those seeking Self Catering Accommodation or Holiday Apartments there is a wide choice. Our own holiday home is situated only some 100 metres from the port and Marina of Marseillan, and roughly the same distance from the Old Town to the north.
The PortMarseillan originally developed as a trading and shipping post for goods and food products, such as wine & vine products, oysters and seafood produced on the shores of the Etang de Thau and in its hinterland and which were exported through the port of Marseillan, via Sete, and then to elsewhere on the French Littoral, or otherwise throughout France & the Mediterranean coast. Marseillan has, therefore, grown up as an essential link between the productive areas of land behind the town and along the borders of the Etang de Thau, and the sea-borne access for commerce into, and out of, the town.
The port has developed into a centre for sailing and wind-surfing, aided by the construction of a Port de Plaisance by the western entrance of the original Quai. The port also hosts larger motor vessels which use the Canal du Midi as a holiday route and destination.
ClimateMarseillan and the Languedoc have an exceptionally mild climate with nearly 2700 hours of sunshine annually. The average temperature in the shade in July and August is around 23 degrees Centigrade, with between 315 and 316 hours of sunshine in each of those two months.
NEW GUIDE BOOK. We have, rather belatedly, been introduced to a new & excellent guide book. It is called "How to be very lazy in Marseillan and a lot of Languedoc" by Laurence Phillips, and published by Imprint Illyria Books, and retailing at £14.99. We have no connection with the book, other than that we find it very helpful, and were very pleased by some of the comments & reviews of it on amazon.com.
By the way, the photo above was taken in April 2011 from the end of the harbour only a couple of hundred metres from our holiday home, and shows the view to Sete in the distance.