Valras-Plage is the ultimate sea resort with 4 beaches so a trip to the seaside is a must.
The fishing port
The fishing crisis had a big impact on Valras-Plage. But while the former port with its “prud’homie” (local fish management), Catalan fishing boats and buzzing atmosphere (wholesale fish merchant, canning factory, shipwrights, chandlery…) has dwindled, the new generation of “small tradesmen” is sure to give the local port a boost. So give them a visit and buy some fresh fish while you’re there!
After a dip in the sea there’s one ritual you shouldn’t miss: a stroll along the Prom. Facing the Mediterranean, the Boulevard Jean Moulin takes you from the Casino right up to the “Théâtre de la Mer” – the open-air theatre. It’s the perfect spot for chilling out and enjoying some of the local seafood specialities.
The Festival of St Peter in Valras-Plage
During the last weekend in June, the town pays homage to fishermen past and present, who helped to create the town and still play a part in maintaining its very special character. The lifeboat station, established in 1930, bears witness to this, running a launch that still covers the stretch of coast from Cap d’Agde to Gruissan.
There are 4 beaches totalling 4km in length. They have all been approved by Pavillon Bleu for 25 years without a break:
- les mouettes
- Casino beach
- Central beach
Lifeguard posts :
Beach surveillance from 11.10am to 6.30m every day.
4 lifeguard posts (La Plage, Les Mouettes, Casino, main lifeguard post). Beach surveillance June 15th-September 15th by the MNS (lifeguards) from the CRS (special mobile police force) and paramedics + 1 emergency doctor (at the main lifeguard post).
Tel: +33 (0)4 67 32 00 59.
There are 3 public car parks by the beach in Valras-Plage.
- Casino car park, 50 spaces, free.
- Beach car park, 70 spaces, free.
- Les Anciens d’Indochine car park (next to the casino, at the end of Bd Jean-Moulin), 100 spaces, pay & display, June 15th-September 15th.
- Seafront car park, 700 spaces, pay & display June 15th-September 15th.
Whichever pay & display car park you choose (seafront and Les Anciens d’Indochine)
Rates: 1 hr = 1 €, 1.5 hr = 1.50 €, 7 hr = 7 €, 8 hr = 25 €
Beach wheelchairs are available from the main lifegaurd post. Mats provide easy access to the edge of the beach.
- Allées Charles de Gaulle
- Casino lifeguard post: Avenue des Elysées (opposite the casino)
Main lifeguard post: Boulevard Jean Moulin
>> Valras-Plage : accessible disabled facilities or approved by Tourisme et Handicap
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