27th August 2016 
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Self Catering in Marseillan

The 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.




Church and Masts

The Port

Marseillan 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.


Marseillan towards Sete

Climate

Marseillan 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.


Marine Bar & WiFi

A Colourful bar in the town centre - The Marine Bar.

Adjacent to the church in the town centre is a lively bar, called the Marine Bar, whose exterior painting always make us smile. The bar is now equipped with free wi-fi.



Church & Hall Des Oiseaux

Food

Marseillan has more than a dozen restaurants of every standard including two (Chez Philippe & La Table d’Emily) mentioned in the Red Michelin Guide. Locally cultivated oysters and mussels are freely available and with Marseillan as the home to the caves of Noilly Prat and a number of good local wines it’s a favourite for lovers of the best of authentic regional cuisine.


Ferme Marine with Oysters

Ferme Marine Seafood Buffet.

Many restaurants in Marseillan, naturally-enough,specialise in seafood, especially oysters, both raw and cooked, and we think one of the most impressive, and which has only opened recently, is La Ferme Marine which is on the Route des Parcs, which runs along from Marseillan towards Meze towards the north-east: these are a couple of photographs I took earlier in 2014, showing their very impressive seafood buffet.


Ferme Marine with Prawns

Another Photo of La Ferme Marine's Buffet.

Another photo of La Ferme Marine's Buffet from the "Prawn End".


Marseillan Market One Fruit Stall

Marseillan Weekly Market on tuesdays.

The weekly market in Marseillan is a major draw on tuesdays for residents and tourists alike. We show below a few shots of the market, taken in May 2013.


Marseillan Market Five Covered Market

Marseillan Weekly Market

Another shot.


Marseillan Market Six Asparagus

Marseillan Weekly Market.

Fresh Green Asparagus and Strawberries in May.

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