The beach of L’Espiguette
A protected natural area in Grau du Roi

The beach of L’Espiguette is a natural beach, untouched by any construction and unique in Europe, it extends over more than 10 km as if it were infinite … Consisting of alluvial deposits of the Rhone, the beach of Espiguette is one of the most beautiful dune systems of the northern Mediterranean basin. The dune system is very active and diversified, with mobile dunes of the Saharan type (barkanes), white dunes with oyats or dunes with Juniperus phoenicea on the way to the Baronnets massif.

The Espiguette beach is also distinguished by the quality of its bathing water, which has been awarded the European Blue Flag for over 20 years, like all the beaches of the town.

We set the scene : endless dunes, white sand, golden light and the Big Blue Sea. This unusual landscape is regularly used as a backdrop for film shoots, music videos or photo shoots.

 A wild break : escape and change of scenery guaranteed!

Naturism is allowed in the marked-out area.

A protected area

Its white dunes can reach up to 12 meters high and its sandy beach stretches as far as the eye can see. All of this forms a dune system admired by all environment lovers. Included in the perimeter of the Grand site de la Camargue gardoise in 1998 and classified as a Grand site de France in 2014, it is 534 hectares of protected natural area. 10 kms of coastline free of any construction.

The dunes are fragile. Each grain of sand took 100 years to climb the dune. That is why you should not walk on the dunes, in order to preserve this sumptuous landscape.

Preservation work is carried out: ganivelles, wooden footbridges, signs to make visitors aware of the fragility of this environment, … to protect the Espiguette beach as much as possible, and to ensure that the site and its many visitors live together as well as possible.

Enjoy the site but respect it!

Access to the beach

The campsite is located almost on the beach of Espiguette !

To enjoy this mythical beach: 3 direct accesses are located at the campsite.

Forget your car, forget the hassle of parking, the sand that falls everywhere, the hot seats that need to be protected from wet swimsuit and the sauna session. Forget All. All you have to do is take your flip-flops, your towel, a cap and a bit of water.

OK, you will have to walk a bit. The sea is accessible in 15 minutes on foot or 5 minutes by bike, by the beach access n°3. But a landscape like this has to be earned, doesn’t it?

  • Access number 1 : Between the beach volleyball court and the coco Sweet
  • Access number 2 : Near the sanitary facilities 10
  • Access number 3 : Near the water park, next to the port

Fauna and Flora

The fauna and flora are characteristic of the dune environment. In the Camargue, the sea and the wind have made to the Espiguette beach a major site for biodiversity. Plants and animals can hidden in the dunes, marshes and reed beds.

There are nearly 109 species of birds, including 25 rare and protected species. There are a lot of insects and amphibians such as lizards and frogs!

The sand of the dunes is brought from the Alps by the Rhône. These dunes are fragile and there are numerous specie plants: the immortelle, the sand lily, the Oyat or the dune julienne.

The Espiguette lighthouse

This emblematic lighthouse rises 27 metres above sea level, between dunes, fauna and flora.

Recognisable thanks to its original square shape and its black colour (visible from the sea), it was inaugurated in 1869. It was located only 150 metres from the shore, at the time. With the passage of time, waves and the silting up, it is now over 700 metres from the sea !

The Espiguette lighthouse has been lighting up the coast and guiding sailors for almost 150 years.

It has been classified as a historical monument since 2012, and is also in a Natura 2000 zone. Its access is therefore regulated.

Coming soon

The Espiguette lighthouse will open its doors to the public in autumn 2022! Visitors will be able to enjoy a 360° view from the top of the lighthouse.

The Espiguette lighthouse is at the heart of a vast ecotourism development project. This major project will soon allow access to the lighthouse from the Baronnets car park by walking through the dunes on wooden decking.