Beach Biking

Cycling paths weave in and around Palavas-les-Flots, where wheels can be rented from Cycloloc ( % 04 67 68 55 84; 49 rue Sire de Joinville; half-/full day €10/15; S Tue-Sun). Look for the pea-green facade and the 'Vélo & Oxygen' sign.

The silky-smooth, two-lane Chemin de la Plage cycling track covers the entire 10 km stretch along the D21 from Montpellier to Carnon Plage via Pérols; in Montpellier pick it up next to the river in the Port Marianne university district (signposted 'Les Plages'). An alternative cycling route, direct to Palavas, is along the D58 that starts immediately south of Lattes. By 2010 cycling paths from Palavas will extend north along the coast to La Grande Motte and south to Sète and Agde.

.com; S 10am-8pm Jul & Aug, 10am-1pm & 2-6pm Apr-Jun & Sep, closed Sun Oct-Mar) organises nature activi ties in the étangs, including kid-orientated flamingo-watching (child/adult €3/free) and kayaking (€20) in July and August. As in nearby Sète, nautical jousting (p36) is a serious sport here. Then, of course, there are the corridas and other bullish games (p36) during its May and September férias (p99).

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