Port-Camargue UCPA is nestled in the bay of Aigues-Mortes between the immense beach of Espiguette and the traditional fishing port of Grau du Roi, now renowned for wind sports. The centre faces the slipway for launching the boats, the pontoon to reach the kitesurfing spots by boat and is located 200 metres from the North Beach (windsurfing spot) making it hassle free getting back to the centre.
A well appointed sea school
Port Camargue is the largest marina in Europe
Port Camargue, built in the 1970s is the largest marina in Europe making it the hub of all things boat related. Nestled in between Espiguette beach and the traditional fishing port of Grau du Roi, there are plenty of restaurants, shops, a market and tourist attractions such as the aquarium to keep you occupied. With great cycle paths all around the marina it is a great way to explore the Mediterranean coastline.
This UCPA centre was completely rebuilt in 2017 offering very pleasant, comfortable rooms and communal spaces. All the communal areas open onto a patio ideal for relaxing in the sun with a Beach-Volleyball court. There is an indoor dining room with a shaded terrace to escape the heat with its shaded terrace. The center opens directly out onto the sea and jetties to waste no time in the water.
- 4 or 5 person rooms, some with private bathrooms, some communal
- Twin rooms with private bathrooms (supplement cost)
- Well priced bar
- Buffet style restaurant with covered outdoor terrace
- Yoga room
- Large communal social area
- Beach volleyball court and sun terrace
- WiFi in communal areas. Please note the WiFi is not good enough for working on data intensive activities.
Breakfast is normally yogurts, cereals, fruit juice, coffee and bread - don't be surprised to see that the coffee and tea is taken in a bowl!
It is possible to return to the centre for lunch everyday where you will find 1 or 2 hot options available. As with all meals there will be a salad bar, plenty of bread, cheese, meat and of course desert. If you prefer you can make a packed lunch at breakfast time and eat on the mountain. Either way you will save a fortune avoiding the piste side restaurants.
Dinner is a 3/4 course buffet - typically a salad bar style starter, a choice of 3 hot main courses, a cheese and cold meat platter and ice cream/dessert.
Due to the cost focussed nature of UCPA and the wide range of dietary requirements, it is impossible to accommodate everyone as standard. If you have any severe dietary requirements please contact the centre two weeks before to let them know. Generally speaking vegetarians will find plenty of options, with vegan options being a little more scarce but improving year on year.
The nearest airport is Montpellier (28km) which is about a 20 minute drive from the UCPA centre. Check out Rome2Rio website to see the various ways to get to the UCPA centre from the airport.
The fastest: arrival by TGV at Nîmes station and take the TER to Grau du Roi (TER is runs infrequently on Sundays please check https://www.ter .sncf.com/occitanie) It takes 1 hour.
If you arrive in Montpellier Saint Roch: take tram 1 towards Odysseum to Station Place de France, then take bus line 106 to the Ecoles stop at Grau du Roi. Please note that only 4 buses serve Le Grau du Roi on Sundays: departures at 9:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 4:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. It takes 1 hour by bus.
When you arrive at Grau du Roi you can walk to the UCPA sports village along the sea front (30 minutes) or take a taxi (10 minutes). Boucanet Taxi: +33 4 66 53 08 08
There is plenty of parking nearby Port Camargue UCPA centre. Don't forget to budget in French toll roads.
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