The history of “La Côte Bleue” is closely connected to the oyster and mussel farming in the Pond of Thau.
It all began in 1896 when Mr. Laffite began the mussel culture in the channels of Sète.
In 1904, Mr. Tudesq began to culture oysters. The collection of oysters was made on openwork cement pyramids. The oysters that were especially bred then were flat oysters which were the most widely grown in the Pond of Thau at that time.
Mr. Tudesq was a mason. He adjusted the attachment of oysters with cement on pieces of tropical hardwoods such as the mangrove.
Hollow oysters were progressively introduced in the Pond.
Spats of oysters came from Marennes-Oleron and Arcachon, on the Atlantic Ocean side.
In 1925, Mr. Tudesq started to offer the possibility to sample shellfish in “La Côte Bleue”. From this moment, the sampling was developed in the whole area.
From the beginning and since then, oysters have been sold by the kilo.
Mrs Tudesq, who had carried on the business after his husband died in 1948, sold the sampling to Mr. and Mrs. Archimbeau René in 1961.
Mr. Archimbeau and then his children carried on to develop “La Côte Bleue” which had become a trademark after Mr. Tudesq registered it before selling the company. The trademark is renewed every 10 years.
Major building works have been realized since 1972 to fit out rooms and kitchens in the restaurant.
The farm of shellfish production and selling was built in 1967 to 2017.
The Motel was built from 1969 to 1971; first guests were accommodated in July 1971.
Bouzigues is a small typical fishermen and oyster farmers village, located in the Languedoc Roussillon.
Its charming marina and the genuine atmosphere in the village will conquer you…Lots of activities are to enjoy: visit of the church, walking by the seashore, visit of the Museum of shellfish farming of the Pond of Thau…
10km away from Bouzigues is Sète which fishing port is the 1st in France. You will be able to visit the Museum dedicated to Georges Brassens, the famous French singer, and also to walk by the seashore.
The Herault is also famous for its so beautiful and typical hinterland, its abbeys, its archaeological places but also for its natural spaces such as the Gorges of the Herault and its natural caves.
Do not forget to taste our regional products: olive oils, goat cheese (“Pelardon”)…and of course our wines: red, white and rosé, Muscatel wine of Frontignan and Saint Jean de Minervois.