The wine estates
Variety of architecture, witnesses of the rich viticultural history, but also of the beautiful days that the Languedoc vineyard has before it! The wine estates of here have known how to evolve, modernize, diversify, sometimes convert… Most of them will gladly open their doors to you!
They are an integral part of the local landscape and terroir! Easily recognizable thanks to their large pediments with the characteristic architecture, you will easily see the cooperative cellars during your walks ... Places of history but especially of tasting, the cellars will be essential during your visit here!
Pond of Capestang
Long ago, the sea came at the foot of the village of Capestang, whose name means "Cap de l'Etang". Thanks to its salt pans, the Capestang pond was, from the early Middle Ages, an important source of income ... Today it is a place of extraordinary biodiversity! Please note: The site is private and has areas reserved for hunting, access is highly regulated.
An emblematic landmark, the Domitian Way, established after the conquest of southern Gaul by the Roman authority, has established itself as the strategic, political and commercial axis of the province. It runs for almost 250 kilometers from the Rhône to the Pyrenees. Can you find its imprint in our current landscape?
It is here at the heart of everything: our landscapes, our history, our gastronomy ... the vine makes our soil. And it is with great happiness that the men and women who work it will make you discover their profession, their passion, their life ... Discover the professionals who welcome you
Activities and leisure
Discovery by electric boat or aboard a barge, Sunday ride on the towpath or more sporty hike ... the activities offered by the Canal du Midi are numerous!
Discover all the activities and leisures
Fauna and flora of the Canal du Midi
Slip for a moment into the skin of the naturalist! Depending on the season, here are some anecdotes and tips for observing the most emblematic species of the Canal du Midi and its surroundings. It's up to you to play !
Spring // In summer //In autumn // In winter
Dry pond of Montady
We are in the middle of the XNUMXth century, at the edge of a lake filled with standing water which " carries disease and death ". Uno bowl without natural flow, which receives water from a catchment area. The four owners of the time then decided to dry it out…
Ports of Capestang and Poilhes
In the small tourist town of Capestang or in the nearby charming village of Poilhes, the Canal du Midi leaves its mark on landscapes, villages and people. By bike, on foot or by boat, you can explore the quays of these two small ports as well as the towpath that will lead you to the discovery of many works of art. By boat, you can of course dock to discover them!
In Poilhes you will discover the stone bridge, the wash-house, the effanchoir ... but also other heritage objects such as English cannons or a background of Roman dolium.
Continuing on the Grand reach towards the Port of Capestang, other works will also be visible (siphon drain, aqueduct, weirs, bridges, drinkers ...) and will lead you to the old valance house, now used asTourist Office and Harbor master's office for the ports of Poilhes and Capestang.
La harbor master's office will tell you about the many port services available: water and electricity replenishment, internet point, toilets with showers, washing machine, dryer ... You can also access therental of boats without licensefor an hour, half a day or a day from the port of Capestang.
In the port of Capestang, the Pont de Saïsse, otherwise known as "stone bridge" by the locals, will deserve your full attention! It is the work of architects Claude Colin and Pierre Launay and its construction dates from 1688-1689. With the development of the canal goes that of bridges to cross it, their construction was taken care of by the States of Languedoc. The bridges of the canal have evolved in their form and their mode of construction, Capestang offers several examples of these constructions (see the iron bridge downstream from the Port). In the XVIIth century there are stone or brick semicircular bridges, the Saïsses bridge is an example. It has the distinction of having one of the lowest arches of the Canal bridges. In 1754, it threatened to collapse, it was then repaired at the expense of the municipality. In 1789, it was completely rebuilt with a new abutment built of rubble stone and an interior cladding in Nissan cut stone, some old elements are preserved and repaired.
The charming little village of Poilhes For its part, it will offer you an atmosphere of rest and serenity. You can admire magnificent views of thepond of Capestang and the Languedoc plain, up to the Clape massif.
In Poilhes as in Capestang, the few restaurants and cafes who line the Canal will welcome you for a peaceful break.
Contact our tourist office for the prices of the harbor master's services by telephone on 00 33 4 67 37 85 29 or by e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
May to September:
8 a.m. - 30 p.m. and 12 p.m. - 30 p.m. April and October:
9 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. and 14 p.m. - 18:30 p.m.
November to March:
Monday 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. and Friday 14 p.m. - 17 p.m.
As well as a penalty payment at 06.12.57.45.34
Dry pond of Montady
Castle of the Archbishops
Orb Canal Bridge
In Béziers, immediately after passing the locks of Fonseranes, the Canal du Midi crosses the Orb to reach Béziers. It was between 1854 and 1857, under the direction of Urbino Magues, that the Orb canal bridge was built. A real feat!
Saint Nazaire Cathedral
The Saint-Nazaire and Saint-Celse cathedral was built in the western part of the old medieval town in 1598 and erected on the promontory of an ancient oppidum. “The acropolis of Béziers” is said here. It majestically dominates the plain of the Orb and has witnessed a tumultuous history ...
Nine Fonseranes Locks
Arrived on his native lands, Pierre-Paul Riquet decides to pass his Canal on the slope to the North of Capestang, a route which avoids the Lower Plain of the Aude which is flooded from the South and occupied by the pond. But this last section with significant differences in level creates several difficulties. They will be circumvented by dint of technical prowess!
Church of Colombiers
A stone's throw from the Canal du Midi, Saint-Sylvestre and Sainte-Colombe church is classified in Romanesque style. The first trace of a place of worship dates from the early Christian era, the most beautiful vestige of which is the Visigothic altar, classified as a historic monument…
The archaeological site of the Oppidum of Ensérune presents to visitors the remains of the ancient village located at the top of this hill. The site was occupied between the XNUMXth century. BC and the XNUMXst c. A.D. Its location offers a unique panorama and its museum is a must visit!
Stone bridge in Capestang
Located at the Port of Capestang, the Pont de Saïsse, otherwise known as "stone bridge" by local people, is the work of architects Claude Colin and Pierre Launay. It dates from 1688-1689.
With the development of the canal goes that of bridges to cross it, their construction was taken care of by the States of Languedoc. The bridges of the canal have evolved in their form and their construction method, Capestang offers several examples of these constructions.
In the XVIIth century there are stone or brick semicircular bridges, the Saïsses bridge is an example. It has the distinction of having one of the lowest arches of the Canal bridges. In 1754, it threatened to collapse, it was then repaired at the expense of the municipality. In 1789, it was completely rebuilt with a new abutment built of rubble stone and an interior cladding in Nissan cut stone, some old elements are preserved and repaired.
Castle of the Archbishops
Come and discover the summer residence of the Archbishops of Narbonne in Capestang. This castle has a painted ceiling dating from the XVe century, you can see on the bugets many scenes of the time (animals, gallant and religious scenes). The castle of the Archbishops of Narbonne in Capestang was at the end of the Middle Ages, a splendid residence which certain documents do not hesitate to qualify as palace.
Collegiate Church of Saint-Etienne de Capestang
Perfectly Gothic in style, the Saint-Etienne collegiate church in Capestang was built in the XNUMXth century on an old Romanesque church, probably by the same team that built the Saint-Just-et-Saint-Pasteur cathedral in Narbonne. An architectural gem that history has left unfinished, its visit will leave you with a lasting memory!
Port of Colombiers and Château cellar
The port of Colombiers gives this village a very special holiday accent. A stone's throw from the Canal du Midi stands the most characteristic monument in the village: the Château de Colombiers and its cellar, now open to visitors, a real gem of the XNUMXth century!
The Malpas Tunnel is the story of a world first ... Riquet, a native of Béziers, could not imagine that his Canal passes elsewhere than through his hometown. To do this, he had to overcome an obstacle: Ensérune hill. For the first time in history, a navigable canal is passed under a "mountain"!