La Grande Motte

La Grande Motte, a unique seaside resort famous for its pyramidal buildings, is the perfect destination for lovers of the great outdoors.
La Grande Motte, a Mediterranean seaside resort with a distinctive style of architecture, was built in the 1960s. Created by the architect Jean Balladur, the town was designed to please its inhabitants and the tourists who come here.

Contemporary architecture

Bord de mer, Grande Motte - Hérault, le Languedoc © Photothèque Hérault Tourisme - M. Sanz
From its conception, La Grande Motte has always been a remarkably harmonious town. Consisting essentially of pyramids, buildings directly facing the Mediterranean, and scattered villas buried in the greenery, the town has many unique features. Along the sea front, its bold architecture creates a horizon that resembles the teeth of a saw.

Green spaces

La Grande Motte et sa verdure - Hérault, le Languedoc © H.Comte
With 70% of its surface area given over to green spaces, and with footbridges to segregate the road traffic from the 25 km of footpaths and the 7 km of green lanes, the town enjoys an exceptional quality of life. Mediterranean vegetation is also a prominent feature and takes pride of place in the borders planted beside the pavements: you’ll see lots of parasol pines, oleander and tamarisk. An attractive town, full of flowers, La Grande Motte really is a green holiday resort.

An award-winning town

La Grande-motte - Hérault, le Languedoc © J.Debru

A pioneer in terms of architecture, urban planning and landscaping, the town has become part of France’s national heritage. In fact it’s the first town in the region to have received the '20th Century Heritage’ label, awarded by the Ministry of Culture to architectural works that are considered to be outstanding.


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