The Village of Marseillan

Only 45 mins south-west of Montpellier International Airport, Marseillan village is nestled on the shores of the Mediterranean and the Bassin de Thau.

One of the oldest villages in France, believed to have been founded around 535BC by the Greco/Phoenician Massaliotes, Marseillan is now a bustling centre characterised by narrow streets surrounding a market square and church. Rue Gay Lussac is only 200m from the square in the heart of the village and #11 is in a tightly packed row of ancient stone houses around 300 years old.

Still a working port, Marseillan is small, friendly and well serviced with all the basic amenities literally within walking distance. Artisan boulangeries, patisseries, charcuteries, cafés, restaurants and pharmacies are peppered throughout the central village, with more modern facilities such as supermarket, post office, laundromat, banks and hardware stores line the wider ring road and port – all no more than 5 minutes walk.

The port itself is lined with restaurants and bars on one side, while opposite, the local cave boasts a surprisingly good range of very affordable wines. The headquarters of the region’s signature aperitif, Noilly Prat, sits alongside the elegant Chateau at the Port’s edge.