(See the bottom of this page for details of how to get to them!)
Valras Plage is the nearest beach resort to Colombiers.
The beaches are lovely with plenty of shells available assuming the holiday makers haven't got there first!
The Marina is very popular as well.
During peak season this resort is very popular with holiday makers, particularly the French, who stay in Flats, Apartments, Caravans and Tents!
The Marina, Main Square, Promenade and walkways are particularly nice as are many of the Cafés and Restaurants.
Parking can be a major issue during July & August. If you aren’t intending to stay more than 2/3 hours there is a pay car park in the eastern end of the town at the end of the main road in from the D64.
If you want the beach and the wide open skies try these two:
To get to the beach just follow the walkways over the dunes or go past the small lake at the end. People enjoy flying Kites, Kite Surfing and jet skiing from here as well as sea fishing.
The principal past-time is, however - sunbathing!
During the season, there are temporary cafes etc available as well as loungers to hire.
Vendres Plage is at North side of the mouth of the river Aude and is popular with the locals but too far away from the bulk of the people based nearer Valras who don't wish to travel there by car. So there is nearly always some space on the beach!
It's very popular for fishing people who fish along the edge of the bank and off the large groynes made of enormous chunks of stone that protect the mouth of the river
Make your way to the beach by following the sandy paths through the dunes and find yourself a space or two!
During the season, there is a beach bar with toilets which hires out loungers and sunshades. It is polite to have a drink if you wish to use the loos!
To your right are large stones lining the edge of the mouth of the river. Looking to your left you can see Valras in the distance.
During the weekends and peak times there are often boats coming in and out of the river mouth which gives you something to watch and you can always walk up onto the Groynes to see what is going on on the river - just be aware that there are big gaps between the stones and you need to be very careful!
Directions - to Valras Plage
Retrace your steps to Exit 36 of the Autoroute but continue straight on to the coast. Follow the signs to take you into the town and find a place to park before walking to the front and the beaches.
Directions - Vendres Plage
The easiest but slightly longer routes are to follow the instructions for Valras Plage but either turn off just before Valras to Vendres Plage and follow this road along. When you come to where the road looks as though it is about to end, there is a rough road to your left just before a solitary small building.
Turn down this, down past the rivers edge where people often fish, drive through the area where motorhomes park up to a large sandy parking area. Follow the walkways through the dunes to the sea.
Directions - Serignan Plage
Continue on the D64 past the Vendres then the Valras turns then on past Serignan itself before turning off onto a minor road signposted Serignan Plage and follow it down for about 3 to 4 miles to a large car park at the back of the dunes.
(On your return you can either rejoin the D64 and retrace your steps via Valras Plage or turn right at a large roundabout after a mile or two and visit the large Supermarché then follow through Serignan ‘Centre Ville’ where the central ‘Place’ houses a number of attractive Restaurants. If you follow the signs for Béziers you should the rejoin the D64 the far side of the A9 access on the way back to Colombiers.)