About Homps

Homps is at the very heart of the Midi. It’s a great base if you wish to travel far and see lots – with loads of villages and attractions and very few locks to the east. You can branch off towards the Canal de la Robine and the Roman city of Narbonne (7hrs from Homps), or continue to the Fonserannes staircase of seven locks and lively Béziers (5-6hrs away). Historic Carcassonne is a quiet and peaceful 10hr cruise to the west. You can’t leave Homps without travelling 12km inland to the beautiful town of Minerve, perched high on a rocky promontory surrounded by deep gorges – spectacular!

From Homps it is:

  • 20 hrs (45 locks) to our base in Castelnaudary
  • 6.5hrs (14 locks) to our base in Trèbes (closed for the rest of 2020 but free Le Boat moorings are still available)
  • 12.5hrs (18 locks) to our base in Port Cassafières
  • 7.5hrs (16 locks) to our base in Narbonne (closed for the rest of 2020 but free Le Boat moorings are still available)

What you get on the base

Facilities

  • Toilets and showers will be closed to prevent the spread of coronavirus. Thank you for your understanding. Customers should use facilities on board their boats.
  • Wifi

Extras & options for your cruise

The following extras are available to prebook or purchase locally at this base. A reduced fee will apply to items that are prebooked. Please see 'Prepare for your departure' for more details about each extra. Restrictions apply.

 

Practical extras

  • Early check-in & late check-out
  • Boat cleaning
  • Parking - (see 'Travel info' tab)
  • Car transfer (see 'Travel info' tab)
  • Eco cleaning pack
  • L.E.D. lantern
  • Top-deck cushions
  • Grocery packs
  • Wifi packs

Fun extras

  • Bike hire
  • Special occasion gift baskets
  • Gas barbecues

Opening hours

Mon, Wed, Fri and Sat: 9am – 5pm. Tue, Thu and Sun: 10am – 4pm

Address

Le Boat Homps
Port Minervois
F – 11200 Homps
France

Telephone

+33 (0) 468 912 400

Travel to Homps

To book a taxi to or from the base you can contact the numbers below.

 

 

Taxi Cathy Renard’ (+33 (0) 468 916 767 /[email protected])

Jean Paul Moïse’ (+336 17 70 66 87 / [email protected])

Taxi Manuel Fonseca’ (+33 6 07 637 365/ [email protected])

Accès Taxi’ (+336 79 10 56 09 / [email protected])

 

Approximate price (4 passengers) from:

  • Carcassonne Airport (CCF) 75€
  • Toulouse Airport (TLS) 235€
  • Béziers Airport (BZR) 100€
  • Lézignan Corbières Train Station 23€
  • Narbonne Train Station 53€
  • Carcassonne Train Station 65€

By Road

Be prepared

 It is your responsibility to familiarise yourself with local road rules and abide by them. Most European countries have a list of compulsory equipment that you must take with you. For example, there is a new legal requirement in France to carry a breathalyser, triangle & florescent jacket in your car. For driving advice and a list of the equipment you’ll need, please visit https://www.theaa.com/european-breakdown-cover/driving-in-europe

 

Directions from Calais: From Calais take A26 Auto route to Reims, then A4 to Châlon-sur-Marne, then A26 to Troyes, then A5 to Langres, then A31 to Beaune, then A6 to Lyon, then A7 to Orange, then A9 to Narbonne, then A61 to Lézignan. Leave Autoroute at junction 25. Then follow directions Lezignan Corbieres, When in Lézignan Corbieres follow ‘toutes direction’ until you pick up signs for Homps. In the village of Homps follow Le Boat signs, after crossing canal turn first left then straight on you will find Le Boat. Road distance approximately 1150 kms 11.5 hrs.

 

Directions from Toulouse: Take A61 and exit at junction 25 at Lézignan and follow directions as above. Road distance approximately 150 kms 1.5 hrs.

 

Parking

 Secure parking (pre-bookable extra – fee applies).

By Train

Closest train stations:

  • Lézignan Corbières:12km
  • Narbonne: 35km
  • Carcassonne: 45km

By Air

Closest airports:

  • Carcassonne: 33km (E80)
  • Toulouse: 129km (E80)
  • Béziers: 45km (E15/E80)

Flights not available to book yet?

If your flight or ferry isn't available to book yet, worry not! We'll waive our amendment fee if you need to change your boat hire details to better suit the flight and ferry you eventually book. So book now with confidence. Terms & Conditions: Valid on all bookings made more than 6 months in advance of departure date. Only one amendment allowed free of charge. Departures to suit airline/ferry schedules cannot be guaranteed and any changes are subject to availability at time of making the amendment. Changes must be made within 4 weeks of the airline / ferry company releasing their schedule.

 

Great Deals on Flights.

Check out the low cost airlines for some great deals to Europe. 

For the Midi...

Ryanair fly to Carcassonne (only 15mins approx from our base in Trebes) from Bournemouth, London Stansted, East Midlands, Liverpool and Glasgow.  Or to Beziers (approx 20mins from our base in Port Cassafieres) from Bristol, London Luton, Manchester and Edinburgh. Or to Montpellier (approx 50mins from our base in Port Cassafieres) from Leeds Bradford.

Easyjet fly to Toulouse  (approx 45 minute drive from our base in Castelnaudary) from Bristol and London Gatwick. Or to Montpellier (approx 50mins from our base in Port Cassafieres) from London Luton and London Gatwick

Arrival at Homps

For more details about:

  • when to arrive at our bases
  • what to expect when you arrive 
  • how to prepare for check-in
  • what happens on your final day when you return your boat

visit our 'arrivals' page.

Local info

Payment Means

Please note that your security deposit, engine hours deposit (see compulsory costs) & any extras added at the base and are required to be paid in local currency by card. Our bases accept Visa & Mastercard, but not American Express. 

 

Hotels

L’Arbousier - Tel: +33 (0) 468 911 124

Le Jardin de Homps - Tel: +33 (0) 4 68 75 30 76

Domaine Val Au Clair - Tel: +33 (0) 6 81 61 78 86

Le Château de Siran - Tel: +33 (0) 468 915 598

 

Restaurants

Le Bistro Gourmand – Tél : +33 (0) 468 414 237

En Bonne Compagnie – Tél : +33 (0) 468 912 316

Le Foudre – Tel: +33 (0) 468 329 692

Les Tonneliers – Tel: +33 (0) 468 911 404

La Peniche – Tel: +33 (0) 468 912 434

La Guinguette du Lac – Tel: +33 (0) 468 912 620

 

Shops

In Olonzac, which is the next village along from Homps (10 minute walk) you will find the local supermarket. Opening hours: Monday - Saturday: 09:00 - 20:00

There is also a supermarket in Homps town centre, which is again a 10 minute walk from the base. Opening hours: Monday - Saturday: 06:30 - 20:30, Sunday: 07:30 - 20:30

 

Fishing

Fishing is allowed on the canal throughout the season. A fishing license is required (although not for children under 16) and a holiday license can be purchased near to the base.