LA POINTE COURTE - the fishermen’s district


Explore La Pointe Courte district with huts, fishing nets, boats, lobster pots and stray cats...
A village inside the city and a world away.

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It’s an unusual area with colourful facades, alleys and fishing nets drying on the docks.
The residents of La Pointe Courte have their own identity.  Read the street names and you’ll understand: traverses des jouteurs (jouster poles), des rameurs (rowers), des pêcheurs (fishermen), Rue la Pétanque just to name a few. Explore and see!
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  •  - © F. Ambrosino
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Sea bream is caught in October. Hundreds of fishermen on both sides of the canal eagerly await the inevitable passage of the fish from the lagoon to the sea. The quiet district turns into a frenzy each year.

On the other side of the Royal canal, opposite La Pointe Courte, stands the marine biology station, built in 1896. The building is home to the centre for the study of lagoon ecology and a laboratory for marine organisms, part of the Université de Sciences in Montpellier.
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