Photo Tour of Plage Napoleon

  Tuesday, December 2, 2014 / Stephanie / Exploration  

Plage Napoleon is a beautiful, 6.2 miles of sandy beachfront along the Mediterranean Sea. We frequently visit Plage Napoleon just to hear the sound of the ocean waves lapping onto the shoreline; we terribly miss the sounds and smells of the ocean!  Cars drive down the wide, hardened beachfront where there is about one mile of parking space.  (The parking space has been flooded on all but two of our beach visits, it's been raining a-lot!)  Fortunately during the off-season there is no admission fee. During the summertime, visitors pay 3.50 euros per vehicle and access by foot or bike remains free of charge.  The beach is accessible from the bike path; both the beach and path are great places to run while admiring the intriguing landscape. [caption id="" align="alignnone" width="2048"]
Looking across the beach toward the port; in the distance a ship enters from the Mediterranean Sea.[/caption] [caption id="" align="alignnone" width="2048"]
The flooded foreground, when not flooded, is where cars normally park. In the distance the beach and waves from the Mediterranean Sea crashing ashore.[/caption]
[caption id="attachment_404" align="alignnone" width="1300"] Flocks of flamingos and swans liven the brackish waters in the marshes near Plage Napoleon.  In the background, the industrial port.[/caption]
[caption id="attachment_398" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Cabanons - these residences historically built from clay and reeds once provided safety to fishermen; the cabanons' building materials and purpose have evolved over time and now the buildings are typically used to store equipment[/caption] [caption id="attachment_392" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Let's go fly a kite!   Kite surfing is very popular in the Camargue; here the Mediterranean water is sheltered and surfers enjoy smooth flying![/caption] [caption id="attachment_396" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Kite Surfing 3-Time World Record Holder, Alex Caizergues, was raised in Port St Louis du Rhone.  Alex's most recent speed record was set in November 2013 when he sustained 104.8km/h (65.1mph)![/caption]


  1. From Stephanie Grandjean on Dec 03, 2014
    Tasha, Great to hear from you! I saw on FB that you and Ryan are out on the water again, hooray! Hope we do cross paths again soon. Happy sailing!

  2. From Tasha | Turf to Surf on Dec 03, 2014
    Wow! That's a lot of kites out there - amazing! Great to see you guys again - I've just clued into the new blog location! I'm excited for your new adventure path on the new boat! Perhaps we'll come raft up to you somewhere soon :-) xx