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Things to see and do in Portiragnes

Treat yourself to a relaxing stay at Camping Les Cigales. The campsite welcomes you in Vias and is a convenient starting point to discover other nearby family resorts such as Portiragnes, Valras or Agde.

Discovering Portiragnes

It takes you less than 10 minutes to reach Portiragnes from the camping site located at Vias Plage. Whether it’s for a romantic weekend away or a holiday with family and friends, the town is an ideal destination to enjoy the Mediterranean climate. Popular for its beautiful beaches and rich heritage, the town is also close to other charming destinations such as Vias and Valras. If you have time, you can take advantage of your passage in Portiragnes to push the escapade to Sète, Béziers or Montpellier.

Portiragnes and its Mediterranean climate

The gentle Mediterranean climate is a major asset for this Hérault destination. Families come in large numbers every year, especially as the town has many activities and places of interest to keep children happy. Portiragnes also welcomes couples in love as well as groups of friends, also seduced by the quality of the living environment and eager to discover the natural areas and the historical sites that make up the richness of the town and the region.

Holidaymakers have the opportunity to explore different places that are both wild and peaceful. The wild beaches and coves are naturally part of the must-sees in Portiragnes. The seafront is also a relaxing place, appreciated for the beautiful view it offers on the Grande Bleue.

There are also beautiful things to discover in the hinterland. The tastings of the best Provençal wines are going well here. Many holidaymakers have a penchant for the Minervois in particular.

Several activities await holidaymakers in and around Portiragnes, from hiking to boat trips to various water sports. In addition, visitors have the chance to discover some emblematic sites whose reputation sometimes extends beyond the region’s borders.

Several discoveries and activities also await you in the surroundings of Portiragnes. Among the nearby destinations, Béziers is, for example, about 20 minutes away. The town is appreciated for its rich architectural heritage, symbolised in particular by this cathedral which sits majestically on a rock overlooking the Orb. Take advantage of your visit to walk along the green Paul-Riquet alleys, which run alongside the site of the city’s former moats and ramparts. Your getaway to Béziers is also a great opportunity to discover major sites such as the Musée du Biterrois, which notably retraces the 1209 massacre of the Cathars in the midst of the Albigensian Crusade. Other must-see sites include the Pont Vieux, the Jardin des Evêques, the Canal du Midi and the Plateau des Poètes.

If you wish to visit Agde, you will need a quarter of an hour’s drive to get there from Portiragnes. Agde, a popular seaside destination for families, is known for its fine sandy beaches. La Grande Conque is one of the most popular of these; it is distinguished from the others by its grey-black sand and fine pebbles. The fact that it is protected by headlands and has a gentle slope makes it a good beach for swimming, even for children. Many other places are worth a visit in this town, such as the Marine Aquarium, Aqualand, the Agathois Museum, the old town or the Ecluse ronde d’Agde.

Ideas of activities to do in Portiragnes

Several fascinating discoveries await you in Portiragnes: architectural gems, beaches but also traditions or culinary specialties. Among the historical monuments not to be missed in the town is the church of Saint-Félix. Recognisable by its gothic architecture, the religious building dates from the 12th century. Take the time to visit the archaeological museum of Portiragnes, which houses a host of remains dating from the Neolithic period.

The coastline of Portiragnes is only 4 km from the town centre. Treat yourself and spend at least one night with family or friends in the seaside resort. There are several beaches to choose from and you can enjoy a variety of water sports and outdoor activities.

Also take the opportunity to discover, on foot or by bike, the natural areas for which the region is famous. The wetlands of the territory, where local flora and fauna flourish, are in particular among the places not to be missed.
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The beaches of Portiragnes

Portiragnes is a popular family destination for the beauty of its beaches. But if the town attracts many holidaymakers each year, it does not suffer from the devastating phenomenon of hyper-tourism for the ecosystem. In this respect, the town stands out from other coastal towns in the Hérault.

Portiragnes has several natural areas accessible on foot or by bike. Several paths and cycle tracks also allow you to reach the other neighbouring family resorts, notably Vias Plage and Sérignan Plage.

  • The East Beach

The East beach is the closest to the town centre. It is also characterised by the good preservation of its environment. The protection of a wide dune belt makes this beach suitable for swimming, including with young children. The East beach, on the other hand, is also one of the wildest natural areas in Portiragnes. This characteristic makes it a popular place for couples as well as families looking for a peaceful setting to recharge their batteries at any time of the day.

  • La plage du Bousquet

To enjoy the beach of Bousquet, you have to go to the western part of the resort. This large stretch of fine sand begins at the end of the seafront and stretches to the Bousquet wood, from which it takes its name. The Bousquet beach is the wildest in all of Portiragnes.

  • The West beach

The Plage de l’Ouest, also known as Plage de la Riviérette, is also characterised by its wilderness. A stretch of fine sand appreciated in particular by families, it is accessible to dogs on condition that they are kept on a leash at all times. It is also home to a sailing school, and is conducive to the practice of many water sports, from windsurfing to stand-up paddle, including sailing, kitesurfing, jetskiing…