Agde, located 50 km south of Montpellier, is the Mediterranean port of the Canal du Midi. The two best places to run in Agde are the paths along the Hérault River near the historic center, and on the quai paths at the Port du Cap d’Agde.
Hérault River Paths. In the historic center, there are paths along both banks of the Hérault River that extend for nearly 5 km south to the sea. There are nice water views most of the way. On the east bank, it’s the Quai Commandant Méric, and on the west bank, it’s the Quai Théophile Cornu. Note: There are no bridges south of the centre, so you must commit to one side! ROUTE MAP
Port du Cap d’Agde Marina. This is a nice run along the quai paths of Port du Cap d’Agde, located on the Balearic Sea about 5 km south of the center of Agde. It’s ~4 km one-way, between the pier (where the lighthouse is located) and the Aqua Park. The pedestrian marina path is nearly seamless, save for some short on-road segments. There are nice views of the boats and the water. ROUTE MAP
Rochelongue Beach. There’s a paved pedestrian path (All. Piétonne) alongside the beach that runs for nearly 2 km. Some sections have views, others the view is blocked by dunes. The beach itself is wide, with soft sand that isn’t great for running. It can be firmer near the water. Good access from the Caravelle parking lot. ROUTE MAP
- Marina Path: Up to 4 km (2.5 miles) one-way; River Path: Nearly 5 km one-way, on either bank. Beach Path: ~2 km one-way
- Marina Route: Pier, Aqua Park, or anywhere along the route. River Route: Tourist Office in the historic centre
- Agde has a train station