February 28th, 2012
Le Grau-du-Roi 300133 30240
43.536 4.138 2 m
The bench, Le Grau-du-Roi
Sunset and lovers, in Le Grau-du-Roi.
The word GRAU comes from Latin gradus meaning “passage”. A grau make communicate the littoral sea and ponds.
This grau was at the origin naturally open by a rising of the Rhone to 16th century.
The city of the Grau-du-Roi was based by the King Henri IV, 1533-1610, to give an outlet on the sea to the old port of Aigues-mortes. The port of the Grau-du-Roi is connected since 1724 by a canal of six kilometers to Aigues-Mortes. Under the reign of King Saint-Louis, 1214-1270, the town of Aigues-Mortes was a royal port far away from the sea. The ships left by a canal dug through the ponds.
The Grau-du-Roi, second French fishing port of the Mediterranean, had in 2006 a production of approximately 5400 tons, mainly octopus, hake, bar and plate. He is also practised fishing with the telline and eel. The flotilla is composed of 95 units, including 32 trawlers of more than 18 meters, taking on board 210 sailors.
The port of the Grau-du-Roi is located at the south of the department of Gard, and is the only maritime outlet of this department.
Near the Grau-du-Roi are Port-Camargue built of the Sixties to 1985, one of the largest marinas of Europe, and of the considered beaches, whose famous beach of Espiguette of several kilometers length.
Near the harbour, is the CANAL du RHÔNE à SÈTE.
_The CANAL du RHÔNE à SÈTE, goes from the Rhône river, in Beaucaire, to the "Étang de Thau", pond of Thau, in Sète. Completed in 1811, it is the prolongation of the Canal du Midi built from 1666 to 1681, during the reign of Louis XIV.
This canal runs through the plains of the Camargue wetlands, ponds and brackish water along the Mediterranean in the south of Montpellier region.
LE GRAU-DU-ROI is a french commune, located in the department of the Gard of the Languedoc-Roussillon area, populated of 7992 Graulens in 2007, distributed on 54,7 km², that is to say 146,0 hab/km².
Situated at 30 km from Montpellier and Nîmes, le Grau-du-Roi is a small harbour for fishing and tourism.
My images of le Grau-du-Roi
My images of "Canal du Midi" and "Canal du Rhône à Sète"
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