Villa Les Pins

Some information about the local area:

Local Amenities

Creissan

Creissan has all the necessary amenities such as Alimentaire (Grocery) with butcher's counter and fresh vegetables, Boulangerie (Bakery), Bar, Newsagents & tabac selling postcards, Post Office and a small village Market on Tuesdays. There is of course also a vineyard Chateau Creissan (Appellation Saint Chinian).

Capestang

Capestang is a lively village on the Canal du Midi and is a few minutes drive from Creissan. At its centre 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 lively bar cafés, as well as an excellent restaurant Le Provence. The Canal du Midi runs through the village.

Capestang also has a large supermarket (Intermarché). There is also a bank and cash point in the town.

 


Places of Interest

St Chinian

St Chinian is a 10km drive from Creissan. It is one of the best know wine "appellations" of the Languedoc. If you're interested in wine, there are a large number of welcoming vineyards to visit. The Cave Co-operative also offers excellent value. There is a bustling market here every Sunday with stalls selling fruit and vegetables, meats, cheese, local delicacies, take away paella and chicken and rabbit "rôti". There's also a café/bar in the square.

Beziers

Beziers is the nearest large town and about a 20 minute drive from Creissan. The main street, Allées Paul Riquet is lined with restaurants and café/bars and dominated by Beziers' Theatre. Off the Allées Paul Riquet there are lots of shops and boutiques. The town has it's own flower market each Friday.

Roquebrun, Cessenon and Réals

Roquebrun, Cessanon and Réals are all situated along the River Orb. Each of these towns has a kayaking and canoeing centre and can offer guided trips out along the Orb.

Lake Salagou

Languedoc's largest lake resembles a Martian landscape, with its red soil and oddly-shaped hills. Lac de Salagou is the perfect place for a summer swim and you can also hire sailing dinghys and windsurfs. The lake is also popular with campers, walkers, fishermen and mountain bikers. The Lake is located about an hour from Creissan near to Clermont L'Herault.

St Guilhem le Desert

The pretty village of St Guilhem le Desert is situated about an hour from Creissan. It is a medieval village with Abbey Church and picturesque location.
Nearby, you can visit Les Grottes Des Demoiselles which is an enormous cave system discovered in 1770 full of spectacular limestone stalactites, stalagmites and columns. But the cave is probably the most impressive of the many in Languedoc. Summer crowds can be huge, so visit early in the morning in August. Open March - October.

Cirque de Moureze

Giant rock 'dolomites' carved by rainfall that form a forest of strange and wonderful phalices. There are a number of marked walks through the park for different levels of difficulty. The best is the 2.5 hour 'difficile' walk, which is actually more of a climb - through the park and up the hillside. At the very top you're rewarded with amazing views of Lake Salagou on one side, and Cirque de Moureze on the other. There is a snack-restaurant in the village of Mourèze itself. No entrance fee. Moureze is situated about an hour's drive away.

Narbonne

Narbonne is a large town about 45 minutes south of Creissan with nice shops, restaurants and a pretty town centre.


Carcassonne

La Cité de Carcassonne is the largest fortress in Europe - if you flew into Carcassonne airport you might have seen the Cité from the plane.

This important medieval city consists of the Chateau Comtal and outer ramparts with turrets and towers. Now the city is home to lots of traditional restaurants and shops. It was also where Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves was filmed!


Beaches

There are a number of beaches within 20 - 40 minutes of Creissan.

Valras and Serignon are probably the closest and both have lovely large beaches with beach front restaurants.

Cap D'Agde is a swankier resort with a naturist beach adjacent! There are lots of good seafood cafés and restaurants here.

At Cap D'Agde there is also Aqualand, a water leisure park. The Address is: BP 666, 34406 CAP D'AGDE. Telephone 04.67.26.85.94 for more information.


Restaurants

There a lots of lovely little restaurants in the area. Here are a few;

Auberge de La Croisade
Top quality restaurant with a menu gastronomique and a view of the Canal du Midi.
Around 6 miles from Creissan on the road from Capestang to Carcassonne.

Le Provence
Good quality Italian and French food at one end of the square at Capestang. Lovely terrace.

La Bataliere
Situated by the Canal du Midi in Capestang. Serves good food such as veal Milanese, good steak frites and duck dishes as well as spaghetti bolognese.

Café de la Grille
In Capestang Square this café/bar serves simple meals such as lamp chops, steak and sausages. Also good for lunchtime snacks serving omlettes and croc-monsieur.

L'Auberge du Pont Réals
This restaurant serves pizzas, salads and grilled meat in the lovely setting of the Réals rapids.

La Galiere
Traditional French restaurant in Capestang serving local specialities including steaks from the bulls of the Camargue.

La Table de Marthe
This restaurant is in Avenue Saint Saëns in Béziers. Serves great steaks in a modern French setting. Tel. 33 4 67 62 68 35‎.

Languedoc Specialities:

Cassoulet: a thick stew of haricot beans, sausage, pork, mutton and goose or duck.

Wild boar

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