IF YOU SHARE A PASSION for food and wine Marseillan is a veritable paradise - a village surrounded by vines and lapped by the waters of a lagoon brimming with oysters
and seabass, with a weekly market offering delicious fruits, olives and the aromatic herbs of the south of France and two dozen mouthwatering restaurants.
Stay in a cottage by the water or a centuries old maison du village, a quayside apartment or a garden villa - click on the picture to choose your place in the sun.
Let the rest of the world sail into your own private view. Marseillan Village vous attend.
If you are looking for the real South of France, then Marseillan, a genuine Languedoc village of fishermen and winegrowers, has the perfect combination of simplicity and abundance, a warm welcome, magnificent views and an eagerness to share its treasures with new friends.
Here, flamingos gather in spring, and swallows swoop in autumn, and every week brings a fresh excuse for the rest of us to raise a glass of the village's own Picpoul de Pinet wine and Noilly Prat aperitif.
Stay in a fabulous townhouse in the portside fishermen's street or relax in a cosy hideaway cottage on the waterfront, a centuries-old winery house in the heart of the village, a hideaway with a secret courtyard garden, or maybe even a luxury villa with a pool close to the centre of Marseillan or by the beach at St Vincent.
Excuse 1: Homehunter Escapes from £190
Experience Languedoc Living before you buy. Since Location Location Location is everything when it comes to A Place In The Sun, live the dream and try the lifestyle for yourself when hunting for that property in the South of France. Stay in one of our homes from as little as £150 for a short break in Marseillan - we can even arrange for details of local properties to be emailed to you before you get here and sort out a day of viewings with the best honest and trustworthy agents in the area. You can even Try Before You Buy and stay in a house before making an offer to the owner's agents.
Excuse 2: Discover Rick Stein's seafood heaven
Rick Stein discovered and fell in love with Marseillan at the end of his BBC French Odyssey along the Canal du Midi. Then The Sunday Times discovered and fell in love with Marseillan, the last unspoilt port on the French Mediterranean. Last year, Ryanair launched flights into Beziers-Cap d'Agde, just 12 minutes from Marseillan. So come and discover the fabulous food, wine and Languedoc village lifestyle at what The Guardian calls "A Left Bank of thriving restaurants and cafes" whilst the rest of the world just reads about it and watches it on TV.
Excuse 3: Bienvenue au Foodie Central
The Château du Port restaurant on the quayside has Jazz nights in July and August. Since La Table d'Emilie is already in the food guides, Entre Ciel
et Mer serves bistro clasics by the waterside, Taverne du Port now has a outdoor oyster wine bar for light lunching. Delicatessen is party central and
La Pacheline is a summer visitor favourite, and Le Glacier now back with a vengeance, and Ile et Thes Une Fois the delicious
home-made desserts on the boulevard. With more than 20 restaurants walking distance from your front door, Marseillan is now officially FOODIE PARADISE.
Excuse 4: New Houses, New Locations
With around two dozen homes to choose from, we have somewhere for every occasion and every taste:
A range of waterside homes in Port Tabarka, from a family home with its courtyard garden to a row of cottages overlooking the fishing boats - all just a stroll from the plagette.
Private pools in the gardens of our five villas in Marseillan just minutes from the village centre. And a plunge pool for grown ups in our newest contemporary designer home
Already booking fast are waterside properties away from the village: including a family villa with its own architect-designed pool and poolhouse in a walled garden by the beaches of Grau d'Agde.
Apartments in the quayside foodie quarter, historic vilage or overlooking the lagoon; from stylish studios for singles and couples to an entire floor of a classic family
Stunning and beautifully renovated traditional Languedoc houses
winegrower's mansions and a house with a hidden courtyard garden in the heart of the old village.
Romantic hideaways for couples or perfect venues for family reunions. Come and see.
Discover Marseillan, what's on and where to eat and where to stay and where to go, when to visit again and again and again ...
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Marseillan in Summer - eccentric sports in the port.
Marseillan in Spring - discover the world of wildlife around the lagoon.
Marseillan in Autumn - the harvest, the new wine and a month of music and parties.
Marseillan in Winter - from the Med to the mountains, sunshine on the waterfront, skiing in the back country. And our legendary Christmas Market with its parades and concerts
A YEAR IN PICTURES - THE FACES AND JOYS OF MARSELLAN.
Read your way to the Sunshine
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Visit Marseillan at the Languedoc Bookshop when you plan your trip.. Click HERE
THE 400-page guide to Marseillan and a lot of Languedoc,was chosen as the UK's Guidebook of the year within months of publication. The prestigious best prize, presented by the British Guild of Travel Writers went to the three-times award-winning author Laurence Phillips and has Marseillan's memories, sites, sights, stories and legends with 150 restaurants reviews, days out in 50 towns, villages and cities, from the Canal du Midi to the mountains. And once you buy the book, you can have download and print free updates every summer so your Marseillan listings remain fresh each visit. Order yours with free delivery to UK addresses from the Languedoc Bookshop
Let the train take the strain
TGV and Eurostar to the South in just over 5 hours from London. Direct high speed rail link from St Pancras to Avignon conects with local trains, or choose your own timetable and take the train from the UK to Montpellier, Agde or Sete, via Lille or Paris. for as little as £99 return.
"Life begins with lunch and the lazy journey brings the most memorable views" - Lazy France