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Activities & the Region

Visit the Languedoc region from our luxury accommodation in Narbonne

Unforgettable experiences
Our concierge team are on hand throughout your stay to unlock the hidden gems of the Languedoc. From a day at a beach club, mountain biking on the Massif de la Clape, eating at a Michelin starred restaurant, a visit to the covered market in Narbonne or tasting local oysters, we'll help you find an activity that will make your stay in the Languedoc extra special, in our luxury accommodation.

You can also browse our guestbook which contains lots of useful information about visiting the region or use the interactive map below which shows our recommended restaurants and places to visit.

On the estate

Château Capitoul is set in 25 acres of gardens and park and is surrounded by 220 acres of woodland, Mediterranean flora and vines, crisscrossed with trails for walking or exploring on our complimentary bikes. At the top of the hameau a Masterclay tennis court as well as a petanque court are accessible all day long with equipment available at the reception.

Carved into the hillside in the hameau is a huge infinity swimming pool, heated from April to October with its stylish olive grove terrace, pool bar and sun beds offering panoramic views across the vineyards and lagoon. For a moment of deep relaxation our Cinq Mondes Spa welcomes you all year round. More information is available on our page dedicated to the Spa.

An icon of La Clape, Château Capitoul holds regular wine tastings and events. More information is available on our page dedicated to wine tourism.​
Swimming pool
Tennis
Pétanque
Bikes
Gardens
Wine trails
Wine shop
Spa
Yoga

In the surrounding area

Stretching lazily along the Mediterranean from the Côte d’Azur to the Spanish border, the Languedoc is the quintessential South of France, a region of vibrant fishing villages, endless beaches, rolling vineyards and cypress fringed olive groves, of medieval castles perched on rocky outcrops, thriving market towns and forgotten hamlets.

For all its feel of splendid isolation, Château Capitoul is just five minutes from the picturesque fishing village of Gruissan. The golden beaches of the Mediterranean are just a few minutes beyond or a comfortable cycle through the lagoon on our complimentary bikes.

Five minutes in the other direction is Narbonne, a small Roman city with a lively promenade culture of buzzy canal side restaurants and bars, and one of the most beautiful covered food markets in France.

And right beside us La Clape, once a wooded island harbouring Roman galleys, today the massif is a 37,000 acre conservation area crisscrossed with walking and biking trails with spectacular views over the Mediterranean and the surrounding countryside.
40 min

CHÂTEAU ST PIERRE DE SERJAC

Chateau St Pierre de Serjac, D30 between Pouzolles and Magalas, 34480 Puissalicon. 
Visit our sister property 40 minutes from the Château. The restaurant has an elegant art/deco dining room in the Château or in season drink in the view from the terrace overlooking the vines. After lunch why not pamper yourself in our Cinq Mondes spa or enjoy a lazy afternoon in the Mediterranean spa garden.
HOURS : Open every day
CONTACT : 04 67 80 76 00 | serjac.com
30 min

CHÂTEAU LES CARRASSES

ROUTE DE CAPESTANG, 34310 QUARANTE
Visit our sister Château located near the Canal du Midi and discover the inovative cuisine of Chef Valère Diochet, which focuses on local and seasonal products.
OPENING HOURS: Open every day: 12pm to 2pm & 7pm to 9pm (closed on Mondays from April to November).
CONTACT : 04 67 00 00 67 | lescarrasses.com
30 min

LA MAISON DE PETIT PIERRE

22 AVENUE PIERRE VERDIER, 34500 BÉZIERS
Pierre Augé (winner of French Top Chef 2014 edition, and the Crown of Champions in 2015 and 2016) and his wife serve creative and refined cuisine. You can enjoy the pleasant brocante-style inner courtyard and a convivial atmosphere. We recommend booking well in advance.
HOURS : Open from Monday to Wednesday for lunch and from Thursday to Saturday for lunch and dinner.
CONTACT : 04 67 30 91 85 | lamaisondepetitpierre.fr
30 min

LA TABLE SAINT CRESCENT

68 avenue du Général Leclerc, 11100 Narbonne
One Michelin star and the reputation of being one of the 50 best restaurants in France. Very imaginative cuisine with an often prodigious presentation, all served in a very chic restaurant, a pretty terrace and a garden.
HOURS : Open from Wednesday to Saturday for lunch and dinner & Sunday lunch.
Lunch 12pm to 1:30pm and dinner 8pm to 9:30 pm.
CONTACT : 04 68 41 37 37 | maison.saintcrescent.com
55 min

ÄPONEM : L’AUBERGE DU PRESBYTÈRE

4 RUE DE L’ÉGLISE, 34320 VAILHAN 
The cooking here is excellent, light and refined, but one comes here above all for the view, with its terrace overlooking the whole valley and the Lac des Olivettes. It is a magnificent place. You can even plan a swim in the lake after lunch.
HOURS : Open March to October from Thursday to Monday 12pm to 1:15pm & 7pm to 9pm.
CONTACT : 04 67 24 76 49 | aponem-aubergedupresbytere.fr
35 min

LA MÉCANIQUE DES FRÈRES BONANO

LIEU-DIT LA MECANIQUE SAINTE-COLOMBE, 34390 COLOMBIERES-SUR-ORB
In the heart of the Parc du Haut-Languedoc, the two brothers Benjamin and Clément, respectively sommelier and chef, offer you a culinary journey in a former spinning mill which houses a bistro and a gastronomic restaurant.
HOURS : Lunch : from Thursday to Sunday and diner : from Thursday to Saturday
CONTACT : 04 67 97 30 52 | lamecaniquedesfreresbonano.fr
25 min

LA TABLE CASTIGNO

6137 Rue Cariera de la Teuliera, 34360 Assignan
With one Michelin star and one of the three restaurants in the Castigno Village in Assignan, La Table is the gastronomic restaurant, offering authentic and refined cuisine based on fresh local produce inspired by the seasons.
HOURS : Open Thursday to Monday for lunch and dinner, Wednesday to Monday in July and August, 12pm to 2pm & 8pm to 9pm.
CONTACT : 04 67 24 34 95 | villagecastigno.com.fr
40 min

LE FAITOUT

1 PLACE DU PONT, 34360 BERLOU
Authentic and refined local cuisine from chef Frédéric Révilla in a magnificent setting on the edge of the vineyards and mountains in the heart of the Haut-Languedoc park. Quality wines from the excellent Cooperative Cellar across the road.
HOURS : Lunch: Thursday to Sunday and dinner: Thursday to Saturday.
CONTACT : 04 67 24 16 99 | lefaitout.net
55 min

AUBERGE DU VIEUX PUITS

5, AVENUE ST VICTOR 11360 FONTJONCOUSE
One of the few restaurants with 3 stars, the Vieux Puits is considered one of the best restaurants in France. Situated in a tiny village in the Corbières, the cuisine is more traditional than molecular at the Ferran Adria, but expect the unexpected! The prices, although high, do not reach the heights of the Parisian 3 stars. The décor is very traditional - some would say uninspired. But you're here for the food...
HOURS : Summer: Wednesday to Saturday, closed on Sunday evenings.
Winter: Wednesday to Sunday
CONTACT : 04 68 44 07 37 | aubergeduvieuxpuits.fr
40 min

DE LAUZUN

PRIEURE DE SAINT-JEAN DE BEBIAN, ROUTE DE NIZAS, 34120 PEZENAS
The priory of Saint Jean de Bébian is nique. Located halfway between the town of Pézenas and the small village of Nizas, it is a true haven of peace in the middle of the vineyards. The estate covers one hectare surrounded by basalt walls and includes a gastronomic restaurant run by the Michelin-starred chef Matthieu de Lauzun.
HOURS : Open Tuesday-Saturday 12pm to 1:30pm & 8pm to 9:15pm.
CONTACT : 04 99 47 63 91 | restaurant-delauzun.com
1 h

THE MARCEL

5 RUE LAZARE CARNOT 34200 SETE
Experience a unique gastronomic immersion in this iconic restaurant in Sète, renovated with a contemporary touch.
Chef Fabien Fage, MICHELIN starred, offers authentic and inventive cuisine with Mediterranean accents where the signature products of the Sète region are hightlighted.
HORAIRES :  For dinner, from Tuesday to Saturday and for lunch, Saturday and Sunday.
CONTACT : 04 67 74 20 89 | the-marcel.fr
1 h

ABBAYE DE FONTFROIDE

9003 Abbaye de Fontfroide, 11100 Narbonne, France
Founded in 1093, Fontfroide Abbey is situated in the heart of the Fontfroide Massif, which is made up of 4,000 hectares of unspoilt nature. Bathed by the Fontfroide stream, this sumptuous 12th and 13th century Cistercian site is nestled in the heart of a typically Mediterranean landscape..
HOURS : Summer: from 9:30am to 7pm, Winter: from 10am to 12:30pm and from 1.30pm to 5pm.
CONTACT : 04 68 45 11 08 | fontfroide.com
15 min

Canal du midi

Rent a little boat and take a trip on the Canal du Midi - one of the most beautiful canals in the world, classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
55 min

Roquebrun

A charming village perched on a mountainside overlooking the Orb valley. its micro climate is conducive to the flowering of mimosas, citrus fruits and exotic plants which have earned it the nickname "the little Nice of the Hérault". The Mediterranean Garden, perched at the top of a mountain above the village and offering breathtaking views, is well worth a visit.
10 min

Narbonne

Stroll through the narrow streets of the centre and along the Canal de la Robine. The banks of the which have been renovated and where you will find lovely café terraces. A visit to the covered market is a must. The 13th century cathedral (St Just and St Pasteur) is worth a visit, as well as the Archbishops' Palace and the archaeological museum which has an important collection of Romanesque art which demonstrates Narbonne's predominant role during the colonisation of the Roman Empire.
5 min

Gruissan

Office de Tourisme de Gruissan - 80 boulevard Pech Maynaud – 11430 Gruissan.
Gruissan est plus qu’un village. C’est surtout un état esprit. Les « Gruissanots », naguère peuplade de pécheurs, revendiquent aujourd’hui un côté bohême assumé. Il faut dire que ce village multifacettes ne manque pas d’atouts. Citons ses nombreuses et vastes plages, dont la plus célèbre – la plage des chalets, bordée de baraques sur pilotis – fut rendue célèbre par le film de Jean-Jacques Beineix 37.2 le matin dans les années 80, son centre historique doté d’une tour – la Tour Barberousse - en surplomb de l'ancien château fort de la ville, son grand port de plaisance, ses salins , son étang souvent émaillé de flamands roses, ses clubs de plage à la fois chics et relax… C’est aussi le village le plus proche du Château Capitoul, ce qui ne gâche rien.
Tel:  04.68.49.09.00
1 h

Parc naturel régional du Haut Languedoc

Spread over 260,000 hectares, the Haut-Languedoc Regional Natural Park is the balcony over the Mediterranean.
It offers diverse landscapes; mountains, gorges, vineyards and scrublands - (known locally as Garrigue) and is sheltered from mass tourism. It charms everyone from hikers to heritage enthusiasts.
1 h

Lagrasse

The medieval town of Lagrasse was once the cultural capital of the Corbières. Famous for its Benedictine abbey founded by Charlemagne, the largest in the Aude, and its village classified as one of the Most Beautiful Villages in France, it is full of delights for visitors. Not to be missed: the abbey, of course, but also the old ramparts, the old bridge under which it is good to have a picnic, the market hall built in 1315 when the Lagrasse market was transferred (which was previously located outside the village) and the main street of the village with its restaurants and shops selling local products: wine, olive oil, artisanal vinegar, etc.
For more information on Lagrasse: http://www.lagrasse.fr
50 min

Carcassonne

The medieval city of Carcassonne is classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is one of the finests examples in the world of a fortified city, due to its size and excellent conservation.
OPENING HOURS : Free access 7j/7 24h/24
CONTACT : 04.68.11.70.70
1 h 15

Montpellier

The most beautiful city in Languedoc and the most prized city in France for its high standard of living.
Visit the Museum Fabre - the city's main art gallery. You'll also find great shops in the narrow streets leading from the Place de la Comédie.
The Marché de Lez is the latest place to be, a creative hot-spot with shops, second-hand goods dealers, farmers' markets, restaurants, foodtrucks, start-ups, entertainment and events, exhibitions.
10 min

CHEZ BEBELLE

Halles de Narbonne, 1 bd Dr Ferroul
A cult stop inside the Halles de Narbonne. This small bar run by a family from Narbonne with a pronounced rugby spirit offers local wine and grilled meats that the owner orders from the surrounding butchers with the help of a megaphone, before having them sent over the heads of the customers. Don't worry, this former rugby player knows how to entertain! Atmosphere guaranteed. A little downside if you have young children: the wait can be long on weekends or in high season.
OPENING HOURS: Tuesday to Saturday 10h00 to 14h00
CONTACT : +33(0)6 85 40 09 01
 
10 min

La Barbacane

Cité de Carcassonne, Place Auguste Pierre Pont, 11000 Carcassonne
This Michelin-starred restaurant, located in the heart of the Cité de Carcassonne, in the Hôtel de la Cité, offers a sumptuous neo-Gothic decor: stained glass windows, coats of arms, woodwork... In the kitchen, Jérôme Ryon (former second-in-command to Franck Putelat) revisits the classics of French cuisine, with an emphasis on regional produce. Beautiful cellar, rich in heady southern wines.
CONTACT : +33(0)4 68 71 98 71
 
15 min

LES GRANDS BUFFETS

Espace de la Liberté, 11100 Narbonne
All-you-can-eat buffet (but not as you would expect) full of exceptional dishes. All the great classics of French gastronomy in one place, including the largest cheese platter in the world (validated by the Guinness Book of Records).
OPENING HOURS : Open every day of the year 12h00 to 13h30 & 19h15 to 21h15.
CONTACT: +33(0)4.68.42.20.01
11 min

LE PAPARAZZO

Pôle nautique des chalets, 11430 Gruissan
Family bar-canteen on the seaside installed in a large wooden structure. It serves tapas and dishes based on local products. Especially, try the tellines and razor clams of Gruissan!
OPENING HOURS: April to October, daily  10h00 to 1h30.
CONTACT: +33(0)4.68.65.25.10
8 min

LE MAMAMOUCHI

Avenue des plages, 11430 Gruissan
Restaurant/Bar/Taps installed in a tastefully decorated wooden building. Mounted on stilts, it overlooks the pond of Mateille, one of the spots of windsurfing of Gruissan, and has a beautiful atmosphere at aperitif time. Local cuisine.
OPENING HOURS : April to October, daily  10h00 to 1h30.
CONTACT: +33(0)4.68.32.10.95
 
11 min

LA CAMBUSE DU SAUNIER

Route de l’Ayrolle, 11430 Gruissan
One comes first for the view on the salt flats. But the pleasure of the taste buds equals that of the eyes. In this restaurant where you are seated on long shared tables, you will be served a simple and succulent cuisine based on fish, shellfish and local products. Two tips: 1/ Try the sea bass rillettes 2/ Remember to book well in advance, especially if there are many of you.
OPENING HOURS: Open daily 10h00 to 22h00.
CONTACT: +33(0)4.68.32.10.95
 
9 min

RESTAURANT DU CHÂTEAU LE BOUÏS

Route bleue, 11430 Gruissan
Refined restaurant with a terrace offering a breathtaking view of the vineyards and the sea. Musical evenings throughout the summer, accompanied by wines from the estate or local craft beers.
OPENING HOURS : Open daily, evenings only.
CONTACT: +33(0)4.68.75.25.25
11 min

SARRAT DE GOUNDY

46 avenue de Narbonne, 11110 Armissan
Quality winegrower's table d'hôte nestled in a charming domain of the Clape. You can choose to sit at the bar, around the large table or on the terrace with a breathtaking view of the vineyards and the sunset. A complete menu with grilled vine shoots or pica-pica suggestions for the aperitif are offered under the Pergola or in the garden... all accompanied by the wines of the domain for a simple corkage fee.
10 min

CHÂTEAU L'HOSPITALET

Château l’Hospitalet - Route de Narbonne-Plage - 11100 NARBONNE
Restaurant L’Art de vivre – La seconde table du Château l’Hospitalet vous offre une expérience gastronomique où exerce le Chef Laurent Chabert. Une belle adresse raffinée au cœur de la Clape.
HORAIRES : Ouvert du mardi au vendredi midi et soir & samedi soir.
Déjeuner 12h–13h30 et dîner 19h30–21h30.
CONTACT : 04 68 45 28 50 | restaurant-art-de-vivre.com
10 min

Le 89

6 Cours de la République, 11100 Narbonne.
A modern bistro with friendly staff in the centre of Narbonne serving classic French cuisine.
OPENING HOURS: Open daily for breakfast and lunch
Contact: +33 (0)4 68 43 63 02
10 min

Le Petit Comptoir

4 Bd Maréchal Joffre, 11100 Narbonne
Chic bistro, wine bar and a true Narbonne institution. This is where the locals meet to eat and drink well. The chef uses the abundance of fresh produce from small local producers. The restaurant is also a wine bar and shop, and serves exceptional bottles unearthed by passion. Live music often organised to animate your apéritif.
Contact: +33 (0)4 68 42 30 35
10 min

LES CUISINIERS CAVISTES

5 place Lamourguier, 11100 Narbonne
A French cuisine based on the seasons and fresh products, mainly from small local producers, with Chef Marc Schwall at the helm. On the agenda: pleasure, sharing, generosity and discovery. Without a doubt one of the best restaurants in Narbonne. The little extra: the quiet terrace, located on the small square overlooking the old church of Notre Dame de Lamourguier.
HOURS: Tuesday, Friday and Saturday from 12 to 1.30 pm and from 7.30 to 9.30 pm; Wednesday and Thursday from 12 to 1.30 pm. Closed on Sunday and Monday.
CONTACT : 04.68.32.96.45
15 min

GAÏA

8 avenue des Pyrénées, 11100 Narbonne.
Traditional restaurant, seasonal recipes.
HOURS : Tuesday to Friday from 12pm to 1:30pm and from 7pm to 9:30pm and Saturday from 7pm to 9:30pm. Closed on Monday and Sunday.
CONTACT : 06.19.89.71.69
50 min

Minerve


Classified as one of the Most Beautiful Villages in France and the historic capital of the Minervois, the town of Minerve nestles in the heart of the Languedoc scrubland, at the top of a rocky spur overlooking the gorges of the Cesse and the Brian. Its terraced gardens and narrow cobbled streets make it a magical place for many walks.
Minervois Tourist Office: 04.68.91.81.43
30 min

Somail


This enchanting bucolic village, built along the Canal du Midi and meticulously preserved since the 17th century, is an invitation to stroll. The lovely shops and cafés welcome you in a relaxed and sometimes original atmosphere. The Fox Troc, a barge-herbarium-grocery shop based on free prices, exchange and barter, or Le Trouve-Tout du Livre, a bookshop located in a picturesque setting offering 50,000 books of all kinds, including old books, prints, etc. 
For more information on Le Somail and the activities to do there: lesomail@grandnarbonne.fr or 04.68.41.55.70
15 min

Bages & Peyriac de Mer

These two neighbouring villages are spread out along the lagoon opposite Capitoul, offering walkers a very inspiring itinerary for picnics. What the people of Narbonne call the "route de Bages" is worth the diversions alone. The superb coastline should not overshadow the villages, both of which are delightful. Bages in particular is a haven for artists. Don't hesitate to stop in the village square for a drink at the aptly named Café Les Beaux-Arts, or to take a look at the nearby art galleries. Finally, remember that these villages are home to many wine estates - Château de l'Ile, Tart Avizat, etc. - whose owners will be happy to welcome you for a tasting! 
10 min

La Nautique

It's hard to resist the retro charm of this tiny marina, which seems to be deliberately nostalgic for the 1950s. Situated on the edge of the Etang de Bages, it is the starting point for lovely wild walks or bike rides. But it is also a hot spot for gourmets. Indeed, you can have lunch or dinner like kings thanks to the refined local cuisine of chef Carole Peyrichou, while watching the windsurfers or kitesurfers rocket across the sparkling water. Because yes, it is the reference spot for surfers in the area. 
1 hr 15 min

Collioure

The colours, the exceptional light, the authenticity and the picturesqueness of this small Catalan fishing port attracted the painters Matisse and Derain as early as 1905. This is how Collioure became the cradle of Fauvism, enjoying from then on the reputation of "City of Painters" on the international scene. A real postcard, with its exquisite bay surmounted by a bell tower, its mill and its castle, Collioure nevertheless cultivates its authenticity, notably through the development of its land. For several centuries, Collioure has been famous for the preparation of a typically Catalan dish - anchovies. Collioure is also surrounded by terraced vineyards which produce excellent wines, including the Banyuls AOC, a natural sweet wine aged in oak barrels.
Collioure Tourist Office: 04.68.82.15.47
1 h

Étang de Thau

Stretching over 19 kilometres, the Etang de Thau is the largest lagoon in the Languedoc region.
It is home to exceptional biological diversity and is also renowned for it's oysters and mussels which have been farmed there since the Antiquity. 
1 h 05

Lac du Salagou

The Lac du Salagou is known for its red earth and its very cinematographic setting which evokes the Wild West. The Lac du Salagou is known for its red earth and its very cinematographic setting which evokes the Wild West. To enjoy the lake it is possible to hire stand up paddle boards, windsurfers and catamarans from the sailing school. Or alternatively hire a mountain bike to explore the many trails around the lake.
1 h 10

Saint-Guilhem-le-Désert & pont du Diable

Stroll through the village of Saint-Guilhem-le-Desert, visiting the 10th century Romanesque church. It gets busy but is really worth the trip.
The Hérault river passes under the Pont du Diable and forms a large basin bordered by beaches. It's very popular in summer so we advise you to arrive early.
40 min

Sérignan plage

A beautiful sandy beach South of Béziers popular with families. There are also a few pop up beach clubs where you can rent a sunbed and have lunch or stay for dinner and enjoy a DJ or live band!
40 min

Pézenas

Pézenas is one of the prettiest town in the area with an excellent market on a Saturday morning. It is a maze of medieval cobbled streets lined with shops and craft galleries. Add to this a very well preserved historic centre with 16 splendid 18th century mansions, built when the town was the seat of the governors of the Languedoc, and it all adds to the popularity of Pézenas with tourists and locals alike.
1 h 15

Châteaux Cathares

A series of fortifications built in the 13th century by Louis XI to protect the south of the Kingdom of France following the Crusades against the Albigensians. These fortifications (Quéribus, Peyrepertuse, Montségur,...) nestled on steep sites in the Corbières offer a breathtaking view of the relief and plains of Roussillon for walkers who venture there (good physical condition recommended).
45 min

La Forteresse de Salses-Le-Château

Situated in an exceptional natural setting, between the lagoons and the Corbières, the fortress was built at the end of the 15th century by the Spanish architect Francisco Ramiro Lopez to guard the old border between Catalonia and France. The visit offers remarkable views of the surroundings.
CONTACT : 04.68.38.60.13
16 min

La Chapelle Notre Dame des Auzils

To get to the chapel, which overlooks the vineyards and the sea, you will pass through the small marine cemetery, one of the most picturesque on the coast. The fishermen made this chapel their place of pilgrimage on Whit Monday. Possibility of a guided tour.
HOURS: From 3 April to 13 September, Wednesday to Sunday, 10am-12.20pm and 3.30pm-7pm.
CONTACT : 04.68.49.09.00 ; office.tourisme@gruissan-mediterranee.com 
10 min

Les Salins de l’Ile St Martin

A must-see in the area, if only to see the landscape and the pink water of the lagoon from the panoramic cafe. Guided tours are offered on foot or by electric scooter to discover the salt flats, the production and harvesting of salt and its various uses in food, agriculture and industry. There is also a souvenir shop and a fabulous open-air fish restaurant overlooking the lagoon (see our Restaurants section).
OPENING HOURS: From June to September, tours depart daily at 11am, 3pm, 4.30pm and 6pm.
CONTACT : 04.82.53.10.61

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