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A Day at the Beach
Pack your lunch, your swimsuit (though you might choose never to wear it), and plenty of sunblock. We’re headed for a Mediterranean beach. Time: 25-30 minutes.
From the house in Valros, take the road to St. Thibéry.
Drive through St. Thibéry. Pick up the D18 to Florensac. You’ll pass signs for a Pont Romain, a Roman bridge.
Stay on the D18 through Florensac, headed toward Marseillan.
Veer onto the D32/e8 to Marseillan.
In Marseillan (one of the little shellfish ports of the Bassin de Thau; near the Mediterranean terminus of the Canal du Midi; and the waterfront home of the Noilly Prat distillery and La Taverne du Port, a small, superbly stocked wine store and bar), follow signs for Marseillan-Plage (plage means beach).

Industrial-strength nudism is just one part of Cap d'Agde, a resort built for the masses during the De Gaulle presidencies. The beach in Marseillan-Plage is white, wide, and stretches for miles. Walking distance away, southeast, is Cap-d’Agde, promoted as Europe’s largest "naturist" community. Imagine any beach resort. Now remove all clothing. There are nudist bars, nudist banks, nudist supermarkets serving tens of thousands of naked people on a hot, sunny day. We prefer Grau-d’Agde, at the mouth of the Hérault, a few miles from Marseillan-Plage. Grau means a channel through which a river runs into the sea. It’s a pocket-sized resort with few pretensions and a hotel bar on the beachfront.
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