The jewel of the lagoon
Along with Collioure in the south, Marseillan has to be Languedoc’s most sophisticated seaside village. A mid-sized port in Phoenician, Greek and Roman times, it benefited along with the rest of the region from the ‘wine boom’ of the late 19th century, its elegant houses testament to the wealth of the time.
Today, Marseillan is a favourite place to come for a meal by the sea, whether it be the gourmet creations at the swish Château du Port, simple and light traditional food at one of the port’s many other restaurants, or slightly more funky fare at the retro Delicatessen restaurant in the heart of the town.
Traditional and lively in equal measure
Marseillan is a lively place. Like all traditional towns and villages in this part of France, old-fashioned bakeries here pump out melt-in-the-mouth croissants, all manner of delicious breads and intricate pastries.
Close to the port, the Noilly Prat company produces its famous vermouths and invites you to take a tour of the facilities and cave.
During the summer, the port plays host to ‘water jousting’ tournaments, where teams of men dressed in white attempt to knock each other off long row boats - to rousing applause.
“Marseillan is like St Tropez before Bardot. Staggeringly pretty, it's one of the most unspoiled ports in France.”