Capestang is a small (population 3500) but lively and attractive village on the Canal du Midi, in the region of Herault and situated next to the beaches and Regional Park of High Languedoc at the crossroads of Beziers-Narbonne and Beziers-Carcassonne.
At its center is the magnificent fortress church of St Etienne. Next to St Etienne, in the main square (market on Wednesday and Sunday), are a couple of authentic bar cafés, as well as an excellent restaurant (the village has a least 4 restaurants). The Canal du Midi borders the top of the village, and here you will find numerous colorful canal boats moored, with many other boats cruising along the canal, and under one of the lowest bridges. It is a popular tourist resort, the hillsides dotted with villas, which has retained its character and charm and has a warm climate which makes it a great place to relax and unwind.
For now, Languedoc, where Capestang is located, remains that rarest and most precious of places: a corner of western Europe filled with great natural beauty, superb wines and a long and fascinating history that has somehow escaped the notice of the world's tourist hordes. Very much like an undiscovered Provence. It's all the more surprising since Languedoc has an abundance of the things we love about Provence: a sun-baked Mediterranean climate, fields of sunflowers and fragrant lavender, rocky villages with red-tile roofs.
Capestang, the village centers on a large pond and greens where older men play boules. It is overlooked by a beautiful twelfth century castle and massive fourteenth century Gothic Saint Etienne Collegiate Church and bell tower on the hillside. There is a market selling a wide range of local produce (including olives, cheese and oysters) and wines every Wednesday and Sunday morning in the square where local women squeeze tomatoes to make fresh juice at their vegetable stands. The small square is lined with bars and cafes, a boucherie and boulangerie.
There is plenty to keep everyone occupied here with a wide variety of water sports, golf courses nearby, climbs and walks in the beautiful hills and mountains and wine caves where you can taste and purchase local wines at very good prices. You will also find many local winemakers selling bottles from what appear to be roadside lemonade stands.
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An important landmark in town is the Canal de Midi, which runs along the north part of the village. It is a long canal (240km long) that was built in the 16th century to allow shipping of goods from the Mediterranean to the Atlantic Ocean. Today, people rent barges and holiday on the canal de Midi meandering from one village to the next. The canal is lined with beautiful trees perfect for picnicking, walking, cycling, or sitting out and enjoying the sunshine.
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