Cap d'Agde is a seaside town in Agde, France set on the Mediterranean sea. Prior to 1960 when Cap d'Agde started becoming a tourist destination for visitors in France, it was mainly a city that locals visited for a weekend getaway. With the development of the city as a tourist resort, more international visitors have started flocking to this beautiful port city. Below are 12 varied things visitors to Cap d'Agde can engage in whilst in the city.
1. Head outdoors to Plage de la Grande Conque
The Plage de la Grande Conque is one of the most beautiful sites in Cap d'Agde. The stunning site might seem like the least attractive of all attractions but it is truly beautiful. The Grande Conque is a volcanic beach with fine, black sand and fine pebbles. Surrounding the beach are cliffs which break off into two sets of stacks known as Les Deux Frères, otherwise known as two brothers. When the weather is in your favor, this is a perfect beach to frolic around in. Even if the weather is wild, you can stand atop the cliffs and watch the waves crash against the base of the cliffs with great force.
Plage de la Grande Conque
Address: Allée de la Conque, 34300 Cap-d'Agde, Agde, France
Website: Plage de la Grande Conque
2. Casino Barriere
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Casino Barriere is set in the leisure area of Cap d'Agde which is also home to several restaurants, bars, the family-friendly Luna Park and much more. The casino which opens at 10 a.m. every day allows free entry only for adults with an ID on them. The casino features almost about 150 slot machines and video pokers. There is also an English electronic roulette which is a great attraction in the casino. In the night from 8.30 p.m., games like the English Roulette, Ultimate, and Black Jack start operating. There is a bar in the casino which features live music and offers a serenading experience to your ears.
Address: Île des loisirs, 34300 Agde, France
Website: Casino Barriere
3. Aquarium Marin du Cap d'Agde
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The aquarium in Cap d'Agde is completely natural and relies only on sea water for its water supply to sustain marine creatures. This aquarium has been renewed and serves a good attraction for everyone, especially young kids. The aquarium is built around three themes and the indoor attraction takes slightly over an hour. Presenting the Mediterranean fauna such as murres and seahorses, the aquarium is also home to tropical creatures such as turtles, corals, and sharks. Constructed very closely to the natural habitats of this marine life, the presentation of all these exhibits are of high quality.
Aquarium Marin du Cap d'Agde
Address: 11 Rue des 2 Frères, 34300 Cap d'Agde, France
Website: Aquarium Marin du Cap d'Agde
4. Aquapark Cap d'Agde
Aquapark consists of a series of inflatable structures laid on the water surface. It offers the young and old a day of pure adventure, leaving you asking for more. Inside this park, you will be able to experience a wave pool, a bubble area for some fun and even a hot tub for some added relaxation. If adventure is your cup of tea, then climb the giant buoy and lead yourself to the rapids which will encompass you. You could also play on the several slides in the park for some fun with friends and family.
Aquapark Cap d'Agde
Address: Allée de Basse Terre, 34300 Cap d'Agde, France
Website: Aquapark Cap d'Agde
5. Archaeology museum
Musée de l’Éphèbe is an underwater archaeology museum which overlooks the beautiful harbor in Cap d'Agde. This museum was opened in 1987 and consists of 3 galleries; modern gallery, bronze gallery, and antique gallery. The modern gallery contains exhibits like medieval ceramics, ammunition from the royal fleet and shipwrecked cargoes dating back to the 17th century. The antique gallery consists of items from maritime trade as well as ancient boats. The bronze gallery is especially impressive as it houses ancient bronzes. The museum derives its name from one exclusive item in the museum, the l’Éphèbe d’Agde, which is a late-Hellenistic bronze statue of a young man, purported to be Alexander the Great.
Musée de l’Éphèbe
Address: 34300 Agde, France
Website: Musée de l’Éphèbe
6. Enjoy Luna Park as a family
The Luna Park in Cap d'Agde is a family friendly amusement park which offers a fun day out for all ages. This funfair attraction has free admission and individual rides are charged. There are about 20 adult attractions and more than a dozen family attractions catered to young children. There are several games of skill and strategy as well. Different crowds are present at different times of the day at the park. if you have kids with you, then the best time to come to Luna Park is in the early evenings. This is when people usually bring their little ones to play on the slides, bouncy castles, and carousels, something that children always enjoy! As the park is located on a leisure strip, later at night, young adults flock the park and later move on the discos to continue the night.
Address: Ile des Loisirs, Avenue du Passeur Challies, 34300 Cap d'Agde, France
Website: Luna Park
7. Amazing experience at Cap d’Agde Naturist Village
The most surreal part of a trip to the resort village in Cap d'Agde can be on your first ever visit, as you enter the resort for the first time. Cap d'Agde is known to have fine, sandy beaches in a preserved, natural environment. As such, the Cap d’Agde naturist village lets visitors fully enjoy whatever nature has to offer. The naturist village in Cap d'Agde opens up to the Mediterranean sea and is self-contained. With about 2km of beaches for visitors to enjoy, the Village also consists of a varied range of accommodation options. There is also a wide variety of restaurants, leisure activities and shopping avenues for you to spend your time.
Cap d’Agde Naturist Village
Address: Rond-Point du Bagnas, 34300 Agde, France
Website: Cap d’Agde Naturist Village
8. Spend a day whale watching
Why not try out something different for a change and set out on a boat. Whale watching is a popular activity in Cap d'Agde and the Mediterranean sea provides just the right opportunity to do so. There are dedicated whale watching companies which offer boat trips out to catch whales having a good time in the water apart from other tours like fishing and sunset tours. The boatmen will explain the various species of whales and also educate people on the various measures in place to protect these creatures and their habitats.
Do note that sightings are not always guaranteed. Nonetheless, you will still get a fun day out at sea with a fresh breeze blowing at your face. One reputed company which offers excellent trips out with top-notch service is Terre Marine. Do check out this company which offers such trips that are reasonably priced and reliable.
Address: Port du Cap d'agde - Quai Beaupre, 34300 Cap d'Agde, Agde, France
Website: Terre Marine
9. Visit a World Heritage Site
Canal du Midi is a 240-kilometer (150-mile) long waterway which stretches from Toulouse to Sète and was constructed in the 17th century. It is one of its kind in the world and has been recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Adge lies towards the end of the Canal du Midi just before ending at Sete. As such, this site can be visited while at Cap d'Agde. The canal is mainly used as a transportation route for irrigation as well as tourism. Visitors can take a boat ride along the canal and enjoy the sights and sounds of the city from this world heritage site.
What is unique about this canal at Agde is that the Agde lock is the sole round lock on the canal. This has been made out of volcanic rock and extends over three varying depths. This feature allows boats to navigate in different directions, heading further to Béziers towards Toulouse, Thau lagoon and the town of Agde.
The Canal du Midi
Address: 6 Rue Chassefière, 34300 Agde
Website: The Canal du Midi (in French)
Set along River Hérault, VentilEau is a popular kiteboarding destination in France, where you can take up private kite surfing classes, in groups of two and four. Enjoy a complimentary breakfast, before heading out to the sugar-white beaches of Vias Plage or the sandy shallows of Etang de Thau. Under the unfortunate circumstances of weak wind conditions, guests could participate in a range of activities such as wakeboarding, paddle boarding, or canoeing at Lake Salagou. Other non-water related available include hiking, mountain biking and beach bumming until sundown.
Learn to kite surf
Duration: 2-3 days
Price: 221 USD
Clad in wetsuits, groups of paddle boarders are seen standing on what looks like an oversized surfboard and propelling themselves along the coast of Palavas-Les-Flots with a single paddle. Unlike surfboarding, stand-up paddle boarding, otherwise known as SUP does not require hours of learning how to fall off the board; instead, the trickiest part of SUP would be learning how to keep your balance. A one-hour introductory lesson will get you up and paddling with confidence, and after mastering the basics, you can proceed with playing games in groups on the water. Anyone over the age of eight can participate and the only other requirement is to know how to swim.
Take a class in paddle boarding
Duration: 1 hour
Price: 17 USD
The Hérault Méditerranée region where Cap d'Agde lies on a perfect terrain for wine-growing. Cultivators have used this opportunity and converted the region into a wine tourism destination. Wine tourism maps can be found at the tourism office in Cap d'Agde, helping you plan your vineyard tours. The wines in Agde are highly reputable and provide an explosion of tastes.
In particular, Cap d’Agde welcomes Vinocap, an annual open-air wine tourism event. This event features several wine producers and exhibitors from Hérault Méditerranée and Languedoc-Roussillon. If you are in the city when Vinocap is held, then you are in for the time of your life with the opportunity to savor different wines from the region.
Address: Cap d'Agde Quaside
2h outing: Calypso, after work, after beach - Trio of whites
Duration: 2 hours
Cap d'Agde beckons
Cap d'Age is a popular holiday destination in the French Mediterranean region and offers so much relaxation to its visitors. With a non-stop party atmosphere, every day will feel like a dream come true. An unspoiled and extraordinary surrounding, Cap d'Agde is a worth visiting for the varied activities it offers.
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