The Village, Capestang
Cape d Entang:-Originally called "Cape d'Entang" because in former times the village bordered on a lake and was in fact a "cap d'etang" until it was drained in the Middle Ages to reveal what is now a "dartboard" configuation of fertile fields viewed best from the Oppidum dEnsurune (see below).
Restaurants:-We are fortunate in having a number of good restaurants in the village, all within walking distance. Average price for an evening meal for 2 with wine about 50€
Cafés:-A 200 to 300 metre walk through old narrow streets will take you to the village centre, where there are two cafés on either side of the square with a large impressive church. On the way you will pass the restaurant "Le Provence", which is often busy. Of the cafés, The "Café de la Grille" does very good "bar food" at a modest rate - it is very popular.
La Table de Vignoble:-Near the Marie you will find "La Table de Vignoble", where in the fine weather you eat outside in a courtyard, in less clement weather in a large barn. Here, Madame Cros will sell you her own wine, which is very very good.
Market:-Twice a week there is a local market on Wednesday and Sunday mornings in the main "Place" in the centre of the village. Local Wine, meat, cheese, vegetables and lots of other produce can be bought.
Weather:-This area has a Mediterranean Climate with hot dry summers and mild winters, boasting of 300 sunny days a year, on average. The weather for the area can be viewed here: Capestang Weather
Tourist numbers have increased but Area remains unspoiled:-Over the years, the number of visitors to the village increase, thereby confirming its popularity but at the same time its basic character is not marred and it still retains its charm - that of a typical southern French working village, where viticulture (the science, production and study of grapes) is the main support. The local council appears to be very forward looking and have made many improvements.
Speaking of viticulture there has been a superb improvement in the local wines, which are now very palatable.
Friendly Locals:-The friendliness and hospitality of the locals in the area will only add to the enjoyment of your visit.
Capestang is also an ideal base to explore the local area and a place where you can be as laid back, or as energetic as you wish, in fact an ideal place to wind down.
Whether you come as a family or with friends or relations, our house will make a perfect base to stay in and explore one of the best, though understated areas of France. Or, in other words very similar to Provence but less expensive. Indeed, this is the ancient land of the Troubadours.
It is not necessary to leave the village in the evenings, unless you wish, since there is a good selection of restaurants, bars and walks to keep you quite occupied.
Capestang has excellent transport links being just 15 kms from the Bezier West exit off the A9 motorway and an assortment of Airports within or about an hours motoring. See our Locality page for more details. The TGV travelling as near as Beziers and Narbonne and a motor-rail terminus at Narbonne from Paris See more details on the SNCF website here.
Le Canal du Midi and other local items of interest
Le Canal du Midi provides a waterway, often bordered by trees, from the Mediterannean to the Atlantic. It passes by the northern side of the village, where it widens to form the Port of Capestang, where there are normally a goodly number of craft moored.
Take a walk along it, see the boats and you will discover another good restaurant, "La Battalier". The local church being built in the 13th century is well worth a visit and its vast size in proportion to the village makes it unusual. The Chateau near the centre of the village has original medieval paintings.
A short distance away there is Oppidum d Ensérune which was a Roman hill top fort, ruins of their habitations still exist and there is a fine museum on site.
Local attractions - within 30 - 45 minutes drive
Fonsérannes - 'Les Neuf Ecluses' (the Nine Locks) of Fonsérannes on the Canal du Midi in Béziers. This is the most impressive construction on the Canal du Midi, lying on the edge of Béziers. It now comprises 7 locks which enable boats to move up or down hill, rising or dropping about 30 metres. The locks attract visitors from far and wide and make this a highlight on any Canal du Midi trip. Directions to Fonsérannes
Oppidum d'Ensérune - Hilltop ruins of a 2,500 year old settlement, occupied by the Greeks, then Hannibal then the Romans, who used it as a postal station on the famous Via Domitia. There's not much left today except broken pots and a few columns, but the view from the top of this hill is worth it - a spoked-wheel arrangement of fields first laid out in the 13th century. Directions to Oppidum d'Ensérune
Valras plage - Valras plage is one of Languedoc's big 'town beaches' like Narbonne, Canet and Palavas. It's certainly bustling, with plenty of postcard shops and ice cream stalls. It caters for families with a kiddie's play ground on a fine sandy first rate beach, with large wave-breakers having been built to stop erosion. This has created a number of 'beachlets' - smaller beaches separated by thin rock promontories, allowing shallower areas for small children to paddle in safety. Directions to Valras plage
Roquebrun - What makes Roquebrun so exquisite is its location, climbing up the banks of Languedoc's beautiful river Orb, with mountains rising behind it, and a lovely stone bridge crossing just where the river becomes a gently stepping weir where people swim in summer. Sit on the balcony of 'Le Petit Nice' café - sipping a glass of wine, or rent a canoe and take it for a paddle. Directions to Roquebrun
Narbonne - Narbonne is the oldest Roman city in France, with its imposing Cathedral and old Roman road. The Canal du Robine runs through the centre and is edged with shady plane trees and a profusion of flowers, shops, bars and restaurants. 'Les Halles' is an award winning covered market here which is over one hundred years old. Directions to Narbonne
Béziers - The city of Béziers is well worth a visit. There is plenty to see, and the city has an abundance of cafés, bars and restaurants. All roads seem to make their way up to the massive 14th century Cathedrale St. Nazaire, with it's fine sculpture, stained glass and frescoes. Directions to Béziers
Agde - the "black pearl" of the Mediterranean.
Directions to Agde
Bize Minervois - Olive oil co-operative and river bathing.
Directions to Bize Minervois
Colombiers - oldest canal tunnel in the world.
Directions to Colombiers
Montouliers - Castle and steep narrow streets.
Directions to Montouliers
Fontfroide - Cistercian Abbey founded in 1145. Rose garden with over 2000 bushes.
Directions to Fontfroide
Minerve - ancient and spectacular Cathar village
on the river Cesse, once capital of the Minervois.
Directions to Minerve
Local attractions - further afield
Millau Viaduct - The Millau Bridge was designed by UK architect Norman Foster, and is the world's highest road bridge. 300m high, it is higher than the Eiffel Tower, and is an amazing 2.5km long. Drive across it on the right day - and you'll pass over low-lying clouds. Directions to Millau Viaduct
Carcassonne 'La Cité' - Carcassonne is picture-postcard perfect. This fairytale walled city of drawbridges, towers and atmospheric cobbled streets, was in fact the inspiration for Walt Disney's The Sleeping Beauty. It's a must see on any trip through this part of Languedoc. Its medieval core, La Cité, was added to the UNESCO World Heritage list in 1997. Directions to Carcassonne 'La Cité'
Montpellier - Montpellier really is special. Broad boulevards lined with shady plane trees, a huge car-free central square laid out in the 1700s surrounded by elegant balustraded buildings, even a vast triumphal arch - you name it, Montpellier's got it. And it's just minutes away from the beach, too. Directions to Montpellier
Collioure - Collioure is a seaside town a few kilometres north of Spain. In the early 1900's artists like Matisse and Derain made it their meeting place, inspired by Collioure's medieval streets, Royal castle and lighthouse (now converted to a church called Notre- Dame-des-Anges) It feels like an Italian seaside town with its pretty pastel houses, cafés and restaurants. Directions to Collioure
Sete - Busy fishing port with excellent restaurants.
Also in nearby Bouzigues there are lovely fish restaurants
but quieter than Sete - one of our favourite spots for lunch.
Directions to Sete
Meze - on the Etang de Thau with its
oyster and mussel beds.
Directions to Meze
Mt Canigou - 2784 metres plus Font Romeu
and Les Angles ski resorts.
Andorra is only a 3 hour drive away.
In the winter, spring and early summer you can
see its snow mantle from Capestang on a clear day.
Spain and the Costa Brava - the Spanish border is
just over an hours drive away! Costa Brava about
an hour after that, giving the advantage of being able
to buy alcohol and tobacco at much less than the UK prices.
Golf - There are various golf courses in the local area.
Beziers being the nearest at Golf de Bel Air St Thomas.
See Golf Saint Thomas on Google Maps
Tel: 04 67 39 03 09
There are also courses at Cap d'Agde, Lamalou-Les-Bains, Montpelliers Grande Motte and Carcassonne.