It's a short drive, tram trip, or bicycle ride along the river Lez from Montpellier to small fishing and beach towns on the Mediterranean (Mer Méditerranée): Palavas-les-Flots, Carnon, Plage le Petit Travers, Plage du Grand Travers, La Grande-Motte, and Le Grau-du-Roi.
We first wander around Palavas-les-Flots, noting that the the fishing boats have stands on the dock alongside each boat to sell fresh catch. We're too late for today's offerings, so we visit one of the restaurants across the street from the docks to enjoy the fresh fish.
A little further along the coast, two beaches, Plage le Petit Travers and Plage du Grand Travers offer sun, sand, and delights of the sea.
The town of La Grande Motte provides more of the same, with beaches, modern seafront apartments, and tempting seafood.
The last town on this stretch of coast, Le Grau-de-Roi, is a serious commercial fishing port, with nets piled on the docks near the ships and more great beaches a little further on.