Even though we havn’t actually moved any closer to the coast we now have a lovely sandy beach just a 15 minute drive away from us in Alés where in Summer 2010 a very nice man-made river beach was created .
La Bastide des Lavandieres , Route de Lezan , Canaules , France Tel: +33 466 931 038 (France) / +353 87 2228602 (Ireland)
The beach which is officially open from early June until the end of August is on the bank of the Gardon River & it has some excellent facilities including easy parking , shallow water swimming for kids , showers , a lifeguard , beach volleyball , boules , pedal boating , kayaking , water bubbles , a café bar & a Restaurant . You can also rent sun loungers, umbrella’s , kayaks , pedal boats etc … At night time during summer there is normally a DJ or other free musical entertainment throughout the entire week. Although it is not a substitute for the stunning beaches of the Med it is still a nice place to spend a sunny Summer's day. And it's just a short drive from your apartment.