Jean Balladur often said “Human imagination has always made paradise in a garden.” Designing a garden city was a huge challenge; designing it on sand and salt water was nothing less than madness.
LA GRANDE-MOTTE, a garden city
In 1963, the Languedoc Roussillon coastline had one of the most sparsely wooded areas in France (2.5% wooded density).
The pyramid designs tamed the wind and protected the vegetation. The plants were specifically chosen for their capacity to thrive in sunshine, their resistance to sea salt and their water requirements: the pine is the most common tree, grown alongside tamarix, lagerstroemia, phormium, pittosporum, nerium and wild prairie flowers.
A few exotic palm trees arrived later. The architects structured the town with hedges and woodlands in exceptional density. Pierre Pillet, landscape architect, and Michel Germond, forestry engineer, designed and laid out the town’s parks.
As soon as you arrive, La Grande-Motte invites you to discover its huge gardens.
Do you know of any other town where 70% of its surface area is given over to greenspaces and nature? This makes it the leading green resort in Europe; the "Ville fleurie" committee awarded it the "3 fleurs" distinction for its landscaping and vegetation, and its commitment to sustainable development schemes.