|Community association||Le Grand Narbonne|
|surface||43.65 km 2|
|Residents||5,000 (January 1, 2017)|
|Population density||115 inhabitants / km 2|
one of the numerous boat docks in Gruissan
Gruissan is a municipality and port town with 5000 inhabitants (as of January 1, 2017) in the south of France in the Aude department . It lies in the shadow of Narbonne , directly on the Mediterranean . It offers a number of attractions to vacationers in the Occitania region .
The place essentially consists of four parts: Gruissan-Village, Gruissan-Port, Gruissan-Plage and Gruissan-Les Ayguades.
History and tourism
Gruissan-Village is the historic town center , the houses of which wind in a circle around the old castle complex. The castle complex protected the port of Narbonne in the 14th century. There is nothing left of the port, and only the ruins of the Tour Barberousse remain of the castle .
Gruissan-Plage originated in the 19th century as a place of summer retreat for the Narbonnais population. The pile dwellings ( pilotis ) , which are unique for this coastal region, are particularly worth seeing . These stilt structures are mostly located directly near the beach on the still growing areas of alluvial sand. They currently look rather neglected, but some renovation work has started. The pile dwellings, which are now mainly used as holiday homes, served as the backdrop for the film Betty Blue - 37.2 degrees in the morning (director Jean-Jacques Seele , starring Béatrice Dalle , 1986).
Gruissan-Port is the newest part of Gruissan. The modern marina was built in the 1970s. It offers everything that tourism needs and still blends in quite harmoniously with the old town.
Gruissan-Les Ayguades is located just outside the actual center on the Étang de Mateille , one of the lagoons around Gruissan. In addition to a small shopping center, there are numerous holiday home complexes - mostly with their own pool. A number of French and Germans have made these holiday homes their main residence, but many properties are also rented out to holidaymakers.
Together with the neighboring towns of Narbonne-Plage and Saint-Pierre-la-Mer , Gruissan forms a holiday area that is perceived as a unit for holidaymakers along this Mediterranean section on the Gulf of Lion. The infrastructure relevant for guests is most clearly developed in Gruissan. In the spring of 2010, the place received another large shopping center on the outskirts next to the amusement park Pirat 'Parc .
|Sources: Cassini and INSEE|
Gruissan gets a touch of fame by the fact that the actor Pierre Richard runs his winery here. It is open to visitors all year round. The vineyards of the municipality are part of the Corbières Designation of Origin .