Palavas is one of the most famous tourist destinations in the Hérault thanks to its authentic fishing village, its wonderful landscapes, its maritime traditions and its exceptional lagoon heritage. The Palavasian ponds are of incomparable beauty and cover more than 5,000 hectares, forming a unique coastal lagoon complex in the world.
Discovering the Palavasian ponds
Palavas has an area of 9 km², of which about 6 km² are made up of coastal ponds that form a remarkable complex of lagoons. All the Palavasian ponds are a natural habitat rich in fauna and flora. That is why it is protected and classified as a Natura 2000 area.
During your stay in the campsite, you can discover all these ponds which communicate with each other:
Thau, the largest in Occitania with its 19 km long and 5 km wide, is full of natural resources including the famous oysters of the Etang de Thau.
Vic, with an area of about 1300 hectares, is located halfway between Montpellier and Sète and is separated from the Mediterranean by the beautiful beach of Lido.
Grec and Ingril are located near the most urbanized areas. Ingril is divided into 2 parts north and south by the Rhône canal in Sète.
Perols, Méjean, Or, Prevost, Arnet, Pierre Blanche complete this exceptional lagoon complex.
The oysters of Thau
In addition to being the largest in Languedoc, the Thau pond is very rich in phytoplankton on which molluscs feed. This is due to the fact that the waters are moderately deep, about 5 meters, with a warm temperature while being very calm. These conditions are conducive to the cultivation of oysters, a real speciality of the region
The territory of the pink flamingos
The ponds around Palavas are used for the migration and nesting of many bird species, including one of the region's emblems, the pink flamingo. This gregarious species lives in groups often composed of about a hundred individuals.
From your tent, caravan or motorhome pitch or from your mobile home rental you can see them behind our campsite, otherwise do not hesitate during your holidays in Palavas to visit the Méjean Reserve to see them closer.