Gruissan Travel Guide

  • The Clape massif seen from the boat.
    The Clape massif seen from the boat.
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  • Sea-gulls and the ferris wheel.
    Sea-gulls and the ferris wheel.
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  • One of the sea-gulls.
    One of the sea-gulls.
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Gruissan Things to Do

  • Boat trip – Very nice experience.

    The huge advantage of riding the waves of the Mediterranean Sea via the boat tour is that we had a great view at the entire coastline of France. The tour took us from Gruissan all the way to Narbonne Plage and returned in a huge U turn back to the harbour of Gruissan. During the boat tour we saw the Clape massif covered with fragrant pine forests,...

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  • Boat trip – Straight and plain trip.

    However don’t expect too much of this boat trip. It’s not like you’re going to stop at pretty ports, have a stop at beautiful deserted beaches, stay at magnificent islands. So, don’t expect an unique experience that reveals the secret gems of the Mediterranean and its islands to you. So, what to expect from it all? Well, that is quite easy: the...

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  • Boat trip – Just for the fun of it.

    If you want to discover the truly Mediterranean character of this area, don't miss a stop at Gruissan. This is what was told us in advance before we had a visit planned to Gruissan. Going to Gruissan means discovering a Mediterranean port, a spectacular part of the country, people and their history. The resort also offers a marina and sailing...

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  • Marina – Very touristic indeed.

    Walking in the marina is quite a pleasure. The weather was good, the sun was shining, it gave us an ultimate holiday feeling. There are small restaurants dotted around the harbour offering a variety of types of food from Spanish Tapas to French dishes. There is plenty of sea food on offer because the French are very partial to all kinds. Numerous...

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  • Marina – Do look into the water.

    We walked our way via the water side over the Boulevard de la Corderie and enjoyed the views we had over the harbour itself. By the way, don’t forget to watch into the water, because it reveals some nice secrets to you. Because of the bright water we saw a lot of small and big fishes swimming around. Highlight of viewing the water was for us...

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  • Marina – The modern part of town.

    Gruissan was originally a fishing village on a small island surrounded by marshland. The narrow streets of Gruissan village encircle the ruined 13th century castle tower. In recent years a modern yachting marina, with holiday apartment buildings around the palm-lined quays, has turned it into a nice destination in the Languedoc. For us the main...

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  • Old town – Just a short visit.

    Gruissan truly has a beautiful and picturesque old town built in concentric circles round a Barberousse fort that dominated the entrance to the etangs-lagoons. Driving towards Gruissan just makes you simply want to visit the old town. I can make this tip more interesting by maybe stating a lot of facts, but to be honest we just visited the old town...

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  • Climb to the tower...

    It's a short steep climb to the top... With a nice view : at one side the sea and the new village, at the other side the vineyards and the mountains...

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  • Salt...

    Over a total surface area of 392 ha between the sea and the island of St Martin, you'll find the salt-works. A old agricultural technique makes it possible to gain 30000 tons of salt every year. The harvest, in September, in entirely mechanised and is calles "Fleur de sel"...

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Gruissan Hotels

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  • Best Western Hotel Du Casino Le Phoebus

    Boulevard de la Sagne, Gruissan, F-11430, France

    Satisfaction: Terrible

    Good for: Solo

  • L'Oustal Des Mers

    Rue de Sampan, Gruissan, 11430, France

    Satisfaction: Poor

    Good for: Families

    Hotel Class 3 out of 5 stars

  • Hotel du Port

    Boulevard de la Corderie, Gruissan, 11430, France

    Satisfaction: Terrible

    Good for: Families

Gruissan Restaurants

  • Famous “Churrascos”.

    When we were in Gruissan we were together with a nice couple we met in Narbonne. They already advised us to go have dinner at the L’Escale du Soleil right at the harbour, because they ate here a few days earlier and liked it very much. For us it was no problem, because we had the boat trip and the restaurant is located right at the marina and...

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  • A true delight.

    Gruissan is well known for its labyrinth of back streets, forming a circle around the castle. This is known as the “Tour de Barberousse”. Great thing is that Gruissan has managed to mpreserve its old fishing and wine-growing village. But we also learned that Gruissan is also known for its ice cream parlour by the name “Candy Ice”. This particular...

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Gruissan Transportation

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    by Jerelis Written Aug 8, 2012

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    Are you nervous about taking your baby or child on a plane trip? You aren't alone, most parents are nervous about it. We have moved with Iris and Sam Tarragona Corfu by plane this holiday and drove some distances by car on the island itself and we learned a few things that hopefully will help you.

    General:
    Bring books, old favorite toys and new surprise toys. Do remember that balls are not a good idea as they can end up anywhere! Our best buys were definitely books, especially sticker books are great! They can peel the stickers off, are glossy, have thick pages to turn easy, have bright colours and come in endless subjects. They're a nice break from the other books your child might be tired of, too. Put aside fears of setting poor eating habits, and bring on the snacks! We told Iris: “Welcome to the world of boredom eating."

    Plane:
    If your child is big ask for earplugs as soon as you board the aircraft. Make use of them for take-off then save them for landing as the crew may not have any fresh ones left by then. Also let them eat candies, this helps the kids tremendously if they don't know how to pop their ears.

    Car:
    Toy bars meant for stroller use are a big help in the car, as they often feature toys plus a snack cup, and are big and easy for you to grab from the front seat for refills. During the car trip it’s always a good idea to play a game and sing some songs. It sounds rather easy, but it does work!

    Finally:
    We only have one last statement! Just do it! Don’t be afraid that it might go wrong. We have learned this, because we have been travelling with Iris from the beginning. She was only 6 weeks young when we had our first short vacation and stayed in a hotel. Iris has been used to it rather fast and (maybe because of it) has always been an easy kid to get along with.

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Gruissan Shopping

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    by Jerelis Written Mar 21, 2013

    Gruissan is a small resort with everything you need for a great holiday. Miles of clean uncrowded beaches with fine sand, warm seas and safe bathing for children. There is a wide range of sporting and aquatic activities for all the family including windsurfing, sailing, riding, cycling and an amusement park.

    Apart from a casino and the four nightclubs, there is plenty of night life in the bars and restaurants around the marina, where you can dine while overlooking the yachts and listen to live musicians playing all types of music. Of course you will find more than enough shops at the marina. Numerous small boutiques offer the sort of clothing and mementos that tourist like but they are not tatty, merely a bit pricy. Funny details were the shops on boats truly floating on the water. Have a look at the photo and you know what I mean.

    Shop on the water.
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Gruissan Local Customs

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    by Jerelis Written Aug 8, 2012

    I guess we all agree on this on; there is nothing more exciting than going travelling - exploring another country, experiencing a different culture, travelling around in new ways, sampling the local cuisine and chatting to the local people for a different perspective on life.

    However during our travels we learned that there is one certain thing that you should be aware of and prepared for to make sure that the trip is as easy and enjoyable as possible. We always try to see everything once we're there, but this is not always an act of responsible travelling. We always talk to the locals and we know that they have the information about just the right spots to visit and how to undertake them. It will not only enhance your experiences but also avoid any unnecessary hassles.

    For me the travel tips I have written down in this section made the most of mine travel experience and I came home in the same happy, healthy state that I left.

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Gruissan Warnings and Dangers

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    by Jerelis Written Aug 8, 2012

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    Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus, the catchy title of the 1992 bestseller by John Gray, succinctly expresses an ancient dilemma. What--if anything--do men's and women's brains do differently?

    The general statement that men and women respond and behave differently under the same circumstances is true; For example, from the crib, male babies tend to be more aggressive and females more passive. As adults, in spatial operations, men have the edge in such skills as negotiating a maze, reading a map, and quickly discriminating between right and left. Men also perform better than women when asked to visualize an object and imagine rotating it. On the other hand, women tend to perform better than men when asked to look at objects of different shapes, sizes, and colors, and then to group them in some order.

    This still doesn't explian why a woman turns the map all around when a man is asking for the road to travel, while I like the map at one point so I can better visualize our position. Help!

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Gruissan What to Pack

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    by Jerelis Written Aug 8, 2012

    Luggage and bags: * Map and guidebook;
    * Crackers;
    * 2 Liter of water;
    * Fruit / power bars.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: * Hiking boots;
    * 1 extra t-shirt;
    * Shorts with many pockets;
    * Sunglasses;
    * Fleece type jacket;
    * Hat / cap;
    * Raincoat.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: * Lip balm;
    * (Neck) sunblock;
    * Band-aids.

    Photo Equipment: * Camera and lots of films!
    * Filter;
    * Extra batteries;
    * Lens 210 mm.

    Miscellaneous: * Binocular;
    * Compass.

    Here we go ...
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Gruissan Off The Beaten Path

  • Narbonne - Take time to meander.

    Take time to meander - losing yourself in the maze of alleys, streets and lanes is one of Narbonne old town´s principal pleasures. The streets wind and wander with no discernible order or object. After our strawl we rewarded ourselves with a cool glass of beer or wine for our effort! We learned that you won´t do justice to the entire city of...

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  • Narbonne - Game plan strategy.

    Most people try to rush Narbonne on a budget so they end up missing some of the highlights in a whirlwind. The key to seeing Narbonne properly is a game plan, you must know what you want to see before setting out. Before we visited Narbonne we saw on a city map that the small town of Narbonne is divided into three areas - the historical old town,...

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  • Narbonne - More than 2000 years of...

    Narbonne is a city with more than 2,000 years of history. The ancient city of Colonia Narbo Martius was founded in 118 BC and its golden age began in the years later. The compact town of Narbonne is easy to get around, and the ideal place to explore on foot. Narbonne is France, and yet it is a culture unto itself. It was the capital of the ancient...

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Gruissan Sports & Outdoors

  • Rafting in the Pyrenees - What an...

    We were descending the powerful rapids of the Aude river in this rubber dinghy, using peddles to steer away from the rocks and move along other obstacles. We found out that boat used (zodiac type) was very safe and had a great resistance to the blows. We sat in the raft with eight people and the instructor at the back. We all sat on the edges of...

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  • Rafting in the Pyrenees - Own level of...

    The ROC Aqua Rafting Company has 3 trips to undertake. The beginners trip (2 trips available): The St George gorge: beautiful itinerary (level 3), of about 7 kilometres, that usually is practiced in the morning.The Pierre-Lyse gorge: aprogressive itinerary (level 4) of about 7 kilometres, that usually is practiced in the afternoon. The sportive...

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  • Rafting in the Pyrenees - No prior...

    Reading the hand-out of the ROC Aqua rafting company learned that a raft is an inflatable boat and that you need to manoeuvre it down the river with paddles. It's the best way to get a touch of white water sports without any prior technical skills. Of course with the help and support of a river guide onboard. How hard can it be, so for us (I did it...

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Gruissan Favorites

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    by Peter_P Updated Feb 8, 2003

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    Favorite thing: Gruissan can be devided in an old and a new town... Almost in the same architectural style, nearby the sea and the mountains.

    Fondest memory: Nice place to be !!

    Gruisan
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