Many of our guests ask how far it is to the nearest beach, well if you don`t want to be driving for 3 hours to get to the Mediterranean coastline, or the Atlantic coast, then the big surprise is that the nearest beach is actually only 10 minutes away. Yes here in the heart of rural SW France we have a wonderful Beach on the banks of the Lac de Roucarie.
The lake is man made, a large area of grasslands and agricultural land was flooded to make a large reservoir to supply water to the Carmaux region. It has become a very popular spot to spend a day lazing on the beach and swimming in the beautiful clear waters.
The beach area is on one side of the lake, and offers safe swimming, which is monitored during the main season. It also has plenty of BBQ areas so you can spend the whole day relaxing in the Summer sunshine and enjoy plenty of picnic food.
On the other side of the lake is a large sailing club which offers all sorts of water sports, from sailing dingy`s, windsurfing, canoes and many other non-motorised crafts.
There is a well maintained road / footpath that encompasses the whole lake, it is a wonderful walk that takes around 1 hour 30, and is just over 7km, but is mainly on level ground with just a few small inclines, so is relatively easy for all ages. For the more fitness driven there is also a fitness trail that contains many exercise equipment and adventure type climbing frames.
Facts and figures for the Lac. Total volume of water is around 6 million cubic metres, it has a maximum depth of 28 metres and a surface area of 0.64 km².
So just because you are in the heart of the countryside, it does not mean you have to miss out on a day at the beach.
Need to know more then take a look at our pages on this and many other things to do and see while on a relaxing holiday here in the stunning SW France.