Bordered by 7 km of fine sandy beach on one side, by wild ponds on the other, Palavas-Les-Flots draws its history and identity from the men who gave it its raison d'être: the fishermen. It was in 1743 that the construction of the Ballestras redoubt, a fortified tower decorated with a cannon erected in the middle of the eastern pond, made it possible to create this fishing village with its typically Mediterranean narrow streets. A few fishermen's huts were built around this fort and were at the origin of the creation of the commune in 1850. This date marks the beginning of the fishing village, and its coastline becomes the beach of election of the Montpellier bourgeoisie. A small train, immortalized by the designer Albert Dubout, was put into service in 1872 and greatly facilitated the tourist life of the resort: a Grand Hotel Casino and a multitude of "chalets" were then hastily built on the seafront. Classified as a seaside and climatic resort in 1924, Palavas adapted to the paid holiday clientele and then to mass tourism in the early 1950s. In 1997, the town created a new marina to facilitate maritime tourism, a booming sector. The city entered the 3rd millennium with the creation of the Lighthouse of the Mediterranean, resulting from the rehabilitation of the old water tower. Unique in France, it offers an exceptional panorama of the region from a height of more than sixty metres.

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