As a child evoking the Mediterranean Sea always carried, some exotic sounding, I lived so far away from the Sea and hearing about these fantastic resorts like, Nice, Cannes, Menton, St Tropez, was the essence of French glamour. The first time I holidayed at the seaside was in Corsica, travelling via Nice to take the ferry crossing over was like reaching the Holy Grail. For years I would not even consider looking at any resorts on the South West towards Spain, too modern, not sophisticated enough, what else? I was so wrong!! It is only when I moved to Nîmes for 10 months that I fell in love with the Languedoc Roussillon region and its authentic charm. St Cyprien-plage is nested between the Catalogne and the Pyrenées, it is a wonderful beach resort, that I love coming back to, this being my fourth year. The beaches are public access and wide enough to enjoy the sunshine and sea without your neighbours feet stuck into your face. The water was clean and safe, the people nice and laid back, no show offs, just families enjoying their holidays. The resort offers a good selection of restaurants, excellent bakeries, catering and shopping facilities all within walking distance from the main beach at the end of Boulevard Maillol. Nearby the villages of Port Vendres, Port Bou, Collioure are worth a visit. The beautiful village of Cadaques (a hot spot for Dali and Picasso) in Spain is only 41 kilometres away, when driving back to St Cyprien instead of taking the motorway take a drive via the coast the scenery, is breath taking.