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! They have known how to evolve, modernize, diversify, sometimes retrain…
They are an integral part of the local landscape and terroir! You will be able to see them during your walks ... Easily recognizable with their large pediments to the architect so characteristic
Pond of Capestang
Etang de Capestang = Natura 2000 protected area
Please note difficult and private access
Bird watching from Montels
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
Découverte en bateau électrique ou à bord d’une péniche, balade dominicale sur le chemin de halage ou randonnée plus sportive… les activités qu’offre le Canal du Midi sont nombreuses !
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…
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 ...
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!
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.
Port of Poilhes
He left his mark on landscapes, villages and people. By bike, on foot or by boat, you can walk along the towpath and discover many works of art: siphon drain, aqueduct, weirs ... Riquet of course, but also Vauban marked this magnificent work. By boat, you can dock at the ports of Poilhes and Capestang.
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"!