Aux Quatre Vents
34340 Marseillan, Occitanie, France - Relax, Unwind, Enjoy!
When we bought the property we were not aware of the town we were buying in. We had only seen the
property and the Notaire's office which is on the edge of town. Little did we know it we had
made a sound investment. Marseillan actually has three areas. The name of the town is difficult
to pronounce for non-native French speakers. The "ll" is pronounced "y".
Marseillan Ville is the main town. It is about 4km inland. It is an old town with narrow streets.
The houses typically have little land and have steep staircases. It has a busy market every Tuesday morning.
It has a good choice of food shops which are open on Sunday and public holiday mornings.
Le Marine Bar is a favourite place to watch the world go by with a glass of wine.
Les Mougères is where we live. It is about 2km from town. Originally it was necessary to own a parcel of
land of at least 1,000m2 and you could only build on 10% of the land. These restrictions have since
Marseillan Plage is a seaside resort. It is very lively between early May and late September.
It has a selection of restaurants including Mosquito Beach which only exists in Summer.
It is very quiet and most places are closed out of season. It is adjacent to the infamous Cap d'Agde
with its Naturist Village. If you walk along the beach to the West from Marseillan Plage for about 20 minutes you will
find an invisible line which divides clothed families from unclothed Naturists and Swingers...
In July 2015, our friend Fiona from New Zealand became our first guest. We found a local Taxi company
called GT Taxi. I sent an email to book
a taxi and got a response within minutes. The driver arrived and asked us if we wanted to go to the Port.
We said yes and were in for a pleasant surprise.
Marseillan in on the inland sea called the Étang de Thau. It is connected to the Mediterranean by two canals.
It is about 4 metres deep and is perfect for growing oysters and mussels. Marseillan has a port from
where you can take boat trips on the Étang. It has a higher salt content that the sea.
The Port is beautiful and has many restaurants. It is a great place for a long lunch on a sunny day.
It has recently been refurbished. In the Summer there are frequent wine and food festivals at the Port.
There are quite a lot of British and German ex-patriates who live in Marseillan full or part time.
An Anglophone Society was formed to establish a bridge between the English speaking community and
the Mairie. They have events every few months either at local restaurants and wineries or to partake of French
passtimes such as pétanque (a form of bowling). The mayor always attends along with a translator.
The mayor is very approachable but it helps if you can speak French! The people are a great source of
information. As a result we have found a number of great artisans who have helped us with house renovations.