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We have created these pages to make it easy for you to see what our wonderful Marseillan has to offer, and where to go on a few excursions. There's a lot to see and do in this little Mediterranean town and the surrounding region. Even if you don't know anything about the area, we hope these pages will give you plenty of ideas. Enjoy browsing the simple format, and don't forget to stop at the online souvenir shop if you would like to buy a T shirt, or something else, printed with the theme "I Love Marseillan".
IN LOVE WITH MARSEILLAN
Discover the rich history of Marseillan and immerse yourself in the charm of this picturesque village in southern France. Explore the fascinating stories and landmarks that have shaped its identity. Start your journey with us and fall in love with Marseillan.
The port of Marseillan is a protected heritage site, and the altar and organ in the church are also listed. There has been virtually no new building in the heart of the village since the 17th century, and many of the houses date to the 12th century.
There is dispute as to who exactly founded the village. Marseille claims that honour, largely due to the similarity between the names of the two towns. But both names are derived from the Greco-Phoenician Massaliotes who extended trading routes from the eastern Mediterranean.
The Massaliotes certainly founded Marseille around 600 BC and, shortly after, Agde. Thus, Agde is said to be the second oldest town in France. The foundation of Marseillan, however, is less clear. As Agde is only 8 km (5.0 mi) away it seems most likely that the Agatois were the founders. In any case, the origins of all three places lie with the Greco-Phoenicians. Either way, Marseillan is one of the oldest villages in France.
The Romans established the port, and with the Via Domitia running close they also established a rest and recreation centre. Many legionnaires took their discharge at Marseillan, having been granted land there. Vineyards were established on many of these allotments.
The centre of the village lies within the lines of the old walls. Until 1970, vineyards extended from the main boulevards built outside of the walls around 1870.
The Port of Marseillan forms the beating heart of Marseillan Ville. With its harbour-front cafes and restaurants at the foot of former merchant houses, nestled between wine cellars from earlier times. This simple fishing port, with a history of maritime trading in wines and spirits dating back to the 19th century, is now a charming marina.
Don't hesitate to stroll along the quays and look for the boat of your dreams among the 350 that are moored there. Cruising craft from the Canal du Midi tie up alongside pleasure yachts designed for easy day-sailing on the safe waters of L’Etang. You can even take an informative trip on "The Diane", with the option of tasting oysters fresh from the lines of Growing Tables you will have just visited.
THE PORT OF MARSEILLAN
Take a trip with our local oyster farmers on their purpose-built boat, "Diane 1". The ladies, who are rightly recognised as experts in this area, are happy to share their extensive knowledge in a most enjoyable one-hour cruise around the tables of L'Etang du Thau. Or book an extended tour for 90 minutes, with "degustation" included and enjoy a taste of their best oysters, freshly harvested. All accompanied by a refreshing glass of Picpoul de Pinet - of course.
Book your place on the boat directly on the harbour-front, at the dedicated ticket office.
No visit to Marseillan is complete without a tour of The Noilly Prat distillery. This world-renowned vermouth was first created in Marseillan over 200 years ago. Retaining the original recipe, and adding three others to suit the discerning generations that followed, a Tasting Tour is the best way to decide which is your favourite. Or, if you prefer, take a cocktail in their private courtyard ...
With guided tours available in English, French and even Scandinavian, this is a fascinating diversion, easily accessed at their Chais, and shop, on the waterfront.
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