Autumn holidays: 5 family experiences in the Thau Archipelago

On holiday, it's not always easy to please everyone! However, the Thau Archipelago offers a lot of good addresses and great escapades to make up memorable days, with young and old alike. Follow the guide!  

Dinosaur Park Museum  

Ready for a trip back in time? Head to Mont-Mèze for a visit to Europe's largest museum park dedicated to dinosaurs and prehistory. In this large wooded park, located in the heart of an exceptional palaeontological site, your children will shiver with pleasure! Life-size reproductions of dinosaurs, fossils, educational films... All the elements are there to learn and be amazed. Your visit continues in a second part of the park, dedicated to Man and his evolution, which will undoubtedly delight the older children.  

A booklet is given to children at the entrance to the park. All they have to do is tick off the right answers to obtain a precious diploma at the end of the visit. A great souvenir to take home to remember the good times spent on holiday... And to end this adventure in style, a mini dig site awaits you, unless you prefer a well-deserved snack in the site's picnic area. 
  •  - © Marion Ricard - OT Thau
  •  - © Marion Ricard - OT Thau

Visit the Saint-Louis lighthouse 

To enjoy the spectacular view of the port of Sète from the Saint-Louis lighthouse, you will have to walk along the mole, a 650-metre long gravel road, and climb the 126 steps to this incredible lookout point. But once you reach the top, your efforts will be amply rewarded! A magnificent 360° panorama of the commercial port, the marina and the old town will be offered to you. Enough to make your head spin!  

To buy your tickets, nothing could be easier: go to the lighthouse. The visit is free for children under 12, so take advantage of it! 

Please note: last admission 30 minutes before closing time. 

Check the opening days of the lighthouse. 
  •  - © Nicolas Chauveau
  •  - © Nicolas Chauveau

Donkey ride 

With Beau nez d'âne, starting from Gigean, explore the Gardiole massif without effort!  

Before leaving, the children groom their donkeys, brush them and pamper them in order to get to know them. Once the introductions have been made, it's off for a walk on a scrubland path that will lead you to the remains of the majestic Saint-Félix de Montceau abbey. Equipped with a small canvas bag indicating the route to follow, you will also be given instructions for a little treasure hunt. 

The walk lasts about 2h30. Bring walking shoes so as not to hurt yourself on the stony paths. You can also bring a snack or a picnic, to be enjoyed in the shade of the pines with a breathtaking view of the abbey. 
  •  - © Nicolas Chauveau
  •  - © Nicolas Chauveau

Treasure hunt at Valmagne Abbey 

Valmagne Abbey is known for its beautiful architecture and precious vineyards, but it also holds secrets that you can discover with your family during a great treasure hunt.  

On arrival, the guides will give you a bag full of surprising objects and a mysterious map. For almost 2 hours, you will have to solve riddles and decipher codes in order to find the lost treasure of the colours of Valmagne. This game tour will plunge you into a fantastic story, as you discover the secret places of the abbey, from the cloister to the medieval garden. 

To extend your visit, don't hesitate to eat at the abbey's farmhouse inn. You can enjoy healthy and tasty food, made from products from the abbey's organic vegetable garden and medieval garden. 
  •  - © Rodolphe Barras
  •  - © Aurélia Blanc - Thau en Méditerranée

Treasure hunt in Frontignan: the secret chest of the kraken 

If your children are pirates or treasure hunters, this treasure hunt is for you! Plan a one to two hour walk in the Frontignan-plage district. 

Ready for the mission? We'll give you the lowdown! A mysterious chest has been found off the coast of Frontignan, and only the bravest children will succeed in unlocking its secret. Come to the aid of Captain Moustache and take up all the challenges required to flush out the kraken, this legendary animal that has haunted the seas for centuries... 

This game is available every day during the opening hours of the Tourist Information Office of Frontignan-Plage. What are you waiting for to jump into the water? 

Practical information 
In french only
Maximum number of people: 4 
Price: 6 € per person 
Deposit of 20€ required (cheque or cash). 
  •  - © A. Forestier
  •  - © A. Forestier

And that's not all! 

The Thau Archipelago is full of activities to do with the whole family: visit the Bagnas nature reserve, boat trips on the lagoon to discover the secrets of the shellfish, discovery workshops... Don't hesitate to contact one of our reception offices to find out more! Our holiday advisors will be happy to help you design a programme adapted to the age of your children and your interests.