Activities & the Region
Visit the Languedoc region from our luxury accommodation in Narbonne
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.
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.
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.
CHÂTEAU ST PIERRE DE SERJAC
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
CHÂTEAU LES CARRASSES
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
LA MAISON DE PETIT PIERRE
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
LA TABLE SAINT CRESCENT
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
ÄPONEM : L’AUBERGE DU PRESBYTÈRE
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
LA MÉCANIQUE DES FRÈRES BONANO
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
LA TABLE CASTIGNO
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
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
AUBERGE DU VIEUX PUITS
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
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
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
ABBAYE DE FONTFROIDE
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
Canal du midi
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.
Parc naturel régional du Haut Languedoc
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.
For more information on Lagrasse: http://www.lagrasse.fr
OPENING HOURS : Free access 7j/7 24h/24
CONTACT : 04.68.11.70.70
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.
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
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
LES GRANDS BUFFETS
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.
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.
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.
LA CAMBUSE DU SAUNIER
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.
RESTAURANT DU CHÂTEAU LE BOUÏS
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.
SARRAT DE GOUNDY
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.
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
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
Le Petit Comptoir
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
LES CUISINIERS CAVISTES
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
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
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
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: [email protected] or 04.68.41.55.70
Bages & Peyriac de Mer
Collioure Tourist Office: 04.68.82.15.47
Étang de Thau
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.
Lac du Salagou
Saint-Guilhem-le-Désert & pont du Diable
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.
La Forteresse de Salses-Le-Château
CONTACT : 04.68.38.60.13
La Chapelle Notre Dame des Auzils
HOURS: From 3 April to 13 September, Wednesday to Sunday, 10am-12.20pm and 3.30pm-7pm.
CONTACT : 04.68.49.09.00 ; [email protected]
Les Salins de l’Ile St Martin
OPENING HOURS: From June to September, tours depart daily at 11am, 3pm, 4.30pm and 6pm.
CONTACT : 04.82.53.10.61