Many American tourists flock to
Biarritz to get a taste of southern beach life, but not as many make it to
Valras-Plage, another treasure of a town. Located in the Languedoc-Roussillon region
of France, Valras-Plage is a former fishing village at the mouth of the Orb
The charming and beautiful Valras-Plage
has become haven for international tourists. There are many options for
delightful and affordable accommodations, such as small hotels, vacation
rentals, and extensive resorts/campgrounds.
Like most French towns, Valras-Plage is
brimming with history and authentic turn-of the-century architecture. Take a
stroll along the waterfront and you will see remnants of Valras-Plage’s once booming
fishing industry. Fishermen still go out daily and bring back their catches to
sell to local restaurants and at regional markets.
Take a step back in time as you visit
Valras-Plage’s historic market hall, full of vendors selling fresh seafood
(including squid, crab, octopus and skate), meat, fruits, vegetables, artisanal
cheeses, a variety of breads, and other gustatory delights. You can also find local
craftspeople selling handmade textiles and furniture.
One of the main tourist attractions in Valras-Plage is
the modern casino (http://valras.groupetranchant.com/),
complete with cutting-edge gambling technology. After you’re done trying your
luck, head to the beach for a relaxing sunbathing session.
If an active vacation is more your style, there are plenty of ways to enjoy the
outdoors in and around Valras-Plage. It’s possible to rent all of the equipment
you need to go surfing, sailing, windsurfing or water skiing in the
Mediterranean, or kayaking, canoeing or pedal boating (called “pédalo” in
France) on the rivers of the Languedoc region. If watersports aren’t your
style, there are also plenty of opportunities for hiking, biking and enjoying
the natural beauty of the land.