Other attractions in the area
Some superb sites to visit…
This archaeological site is classified as a national monument. It was one of the largest Gallic villages in the French Mediterranean region. A fascinating visit, ideal for families and small groups.
Ten kilometres from Béziers, this archaeological site presents a remarkable picture of a protohistoric village. Built on a rocky promontory, it offers a superb 360° view of the vines on the plains and the extraordinary drained Montady “lagoon”.
One of the Hérault’s most remarkable sites. An unusual view of the “green sun”, at the base of the Ensérune hills.
This remarkably rich archaeological site is located just below the Oppidum of Ensérune.
Radial drainage channels were dug to enable the use of 420 hectares of land. Today, it remains as a wonder of medieval agricultural engineering.
Canal du Midi
Listed as UNESCO World Heritage site, the Canal du Midi is a jewel in the world of river tourism and one of the popular features of the Languedoc and the south of France.
Built during the reign of Louis XIV by Pierre Paul Riquet, to connect the Atlantic to the Mediterranean for trade purposes, the Canal du Midi now offers a rich source of leisure activities, with foot and bicycle paths and, of course, boat rides. It passes through several villages, including Colombiers, Poilhes and Capestang, where you will find lively ports.
The Malpas tunnel is the only tunnel along the entire course of the Canal de Midi. Pierre-Paul Riquet, a native of Béziers, naturally wanted the canal to pass through his place of birth.
There was just one problem, the Ensérune Hill was in the way! And so it came to be that the world’s first canal tunnel was created. It was one of the features that assured a place in history for the Canal du Midi as soon as it was built.
Colombiers port is a small modern port with numerous facilities and services. There is also a shopping area nearby.
You can rent a boat from here to go on an excursion on the river. Make sure you visit the wine Château nearby.
Capestang Port – Maison Cantonnière
Located in Capestang Port, the Maison Cantonnière was were the canal and towpath maintenance men used to live.
Now the local Tourist Office, it has all the information you need about the services available in the port and activities in the area.
The fonseranes locks
Visit this major feature of the Canal du Midi in Béziers, on the right bank of the Orb, at the foot of St Nazaire Cathedral.
With its succession of waterfalls and beautiful view of Béziers, it is the most spectacular feature of the Canal in the Hérault. It makes an excellent departure point for trips on the river with family or friends, or for a guided tour in a barge.
Saint Nazaire Cathedral
Visible from afar, Saint Nazaire Cathedral is one of the symbols of Béziers, standing like a figure head on the Roman and medieval ramparts of the ancient city.
Austere and majestic, built on the ruins of the Roman cathedral that was burnt during the Cathar Crusade (1209), and the remains of a Roman temple, Saint Nazaire watches over the town.