Marseillan is across the Étang de Thau (lake) from Sète and its port is a protected heritage site. The best places to run in Marseillan are along the beach, a pier out to the Onglus Lighthouse, and a waterfront promenade along the lake and around the marina.
Waterfront Run. One can put together is a nice run along the lake, combining the Prom. de la Belle Scribote, the marina, and Chem. de l’Étang. There are nice views of the lake. The path is a combination dedicated promenade and roadside path/sidewalk. It’s 2.3 km from the Les Glénans sailing school north to the Chez Titin restaurant. ROUTE MAP
- Longer Option: At the Les Glénans sailing school, you can run along the Chem. Boudas/Chem. de la Belle Bouche for 1.8 km. There’s a cycle path featuring nice water views. ROUTE MAP
Beach Run: There are two sections of beach in Marseillan. The better one for running is the beach that runs south from Sète. It has several names along its 7 km length, but look for Plage Castellas on the map. The beach is wide and often has sections of firm sand that are good for running. South of there is the shorter Plage Marseillan, which features softer sand.
Run to Onglus Lighthouse (phare). In the Les Onglus area inland from the beach, there’s a quay/pier path that runs out to the Onglus Lighthouse. It’s 2.2 km one-way. There are nice views of the canal & water the whole way. The surface is dirt and can get wet/muddy. The start is right near the Gare de Marseillan-Plage train station. ROUTE MAP