Bouzigues is famous throughout France for its seafood. Situated on the northern shore of the Etang de Thau, the seafront of the town is only 50 metres from where the oyster beds begin out in this brackish lagoon. From one of the many little restaurants lined along the promenade, you can see exactly where the oysters or mussels on your plate started life. You cannot get fresher food than this!
The farming of oysters, known as ‘conchyliculture', is a relatively new technology, first attempted in the early 20th century by local fishermen and then copied and developed throughout the world. Bouzigues now has its own museum dedicated to the town and its oyster-farming industry.
In early August the Fete de Bouzigues takes place and which attracts thousands of seafood devotees. There are many other resorts along the same coast, ranging from bustling Cap d’Agde to Sérignan Plage, which offers miles and miles of beach so it is easy to get far away from the madding crowd.
Very close to the sea you will find the other economic mainstay of the town, and indeed of the region - wines and vine-growing. Whereas wines in Languedoc are predominantly red, down here by the coast the main varieties are white. The best known wines are Picpoul de Pinet, or a sweet wine known as Muscat de Frontignan after the nearby village of that name. The Picpoul is excellent with fish and seafood, whereas the Muscat is delicious with fruit, desserts or even foie gras.
For days out, try nearby Montpellier, a city which has its own long history but has grown immensely in recent years, largely due to its science parks and associated industries. Visitors go to Montpellier for its fantastic architecture, vibrant feel and shopping opportunities. In the other direction the historical cities of Beziers and Narbonne make an interesting daytrip for young and old.
Bouzigues is a great holiday spot for both families and couples.
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