What to do around

A region exceptionally rich in discoveries of all kinds 10 minutes away:

  • The Pont de Rieux (12th century bridge) where the film "The Miracle of the Wolves" with J.Marais was shot.

  • Cambouras chapel, Taurize lake, Alzou chasms (Labastide en val).

  • The Mayronnes sculpture trail (with permanent exhibitions of Modern Art sculptures).

  • The Joseph Delteil Poetry Trail in Villar En Val.

  • The GR36 trail, Corbières loop.

  • The wild landscape of the Congoust, Camaria and Orbieu Gorges.

  • The Abbey of Lagrasse.

By radiating half an hour by car, you can discover the surroundings:

  • Fontfroide Abbey and its rose garden (June).

  • Rieunette Abbey.

  • Abbey of Saint Hilaire.

  • The Ribaute bridge

  • The paths of Tournissan (Francis Lastenouze) and Talairan (postman's path).

Pushing a little further, in one hour, you will evolve, in Pays Corbières Minervois where you can visit the sites of the Pays Cathare (Villerouge Termenes, Termes, Le Donjon d'Arques, Peyrepertuse and Quéribus ...) or go up the canal du Midi to the threshold of Naurouze or go down to the locks of Fonséranes while admiring the lake of Jouarres and Minerve as you pass.

In one hour always, you will evolve in Carcassonne country, where you can admire the city of Carcassonne (Classified as World Heritage) Medieval Architectural Wonder (Burnout on July 14), The caves of Limousis, the giant abyss of Cabrespine, the lake of the Prade, and the Pic de Nore, dominating the Carcassonnais.

  • In a little over an hour, you will go to the Pays de la Narbonnaise where you can discover Narbonne, City of Art and History formerly named NARBOMARTIUS (1st Roman colony outside Italy).

  • Amphoralis in Sallèles d'Aude (Potters Museum) discovery of an ancient site.

  • The oppidum site of Montlaurés.

  • Terra Vinéa (Portel) former flats transformed into a wine aging cellar.

  • You will thus arrive at the sea:

  • Port la Nouvelle, commercial port, the 2nd in the Mediterranean after Sète.

  • Gruissan Port de Plaisance, Barbarossa tower, the Etangs de Bages, Leucate and you will discover Kilometers of fine sand.

  • In just over 2 hours, you can reach the only Aude Ski Resort, Camurac and stroll through the heart of the Plateau de Sault and its beautiful forests.


Very well located for visiting the region.
The surroundings are full of very pretty landscapes between sea, mountains and vineyards.
You will discover a land rich in history (Cathar) and in gastronomy. Carcassonne and its surroundings will not leave you time to
bored! In any season you will find something to spend a good holiday!

  • The Cathar Castles: 20 sites to discover<br>
    • Carcassonne Castle
    • Castles of Lastours
    • Abbey of Saint-Hilaire
    • Puilaurens Castle
    • Abbey of Caunes-Minervois
    • Abbey of Saint-Papoul
    • Castle of Saissac
    • Villelongue Abbey
    • Abbey of Lagrasse
    • Fontfroide Abbey
    • Villerouge-Termenès Castle
    • Castle of Termes
    • Arques Castle
    • Quercorb Museum in Puivert
    • Usson Castle
    • Peyrepertuse Castle
    • Queribus Castle
    • Aguilar Castle
    • House of Memories of Mazamet
    • Alet Abbey
  • Markets Typical villages - Local producers
    • Monday: Castelnaudary - Mirepoix
    • Tuesday: Carcassonne - Caunes Minervois - Sigean
    • Wednesday: Bram - Trèbes - Quillan
    • Thursday: Carcassonne - Espéraza
    • Friday: Limoux - Sigean
    • Saturday: Carcassonne - Quillan - Pezens
    • Sunday: Trèbes - Espéraza - Narbonne
    • The markets are only in the morning.
  • Visits and Parks
    • African Animal Reserve in Sigean
    • Amaranth Butterflies
    • Musée des dinosaures d'Espéraza
    • Moulin à papier de Brousse
    • Montolieu book town
    • Fontfroide Abbey
    • Leisure Center and Nautical Club at Lac de St Férréol
    • Typical village of Lagrasse
    • Etc.....
  • Ballads
    • Canal du Midi cycle path (bike rentals in Carcassonne)
    • Canoeing and Kayaking in the Aude River in Limoux
    • Rafting and Hydrospeed in the Pierre Lys Gorges
    • Canyoning in the Galamus Gorge
    • Acrobatic Forest Course in Alet
    • Fishing in lakes or rivers
    • Cabrespine Giant Chasm
    • Cave of Limousis
    • Cave of Fontrabiouse
  • Shopping
    • Lalylaine Artisanal jewelry factory in Pezens
    • Cellar Roman road of Pezens
    • Melon du pays Cathare Direct producer in Pezens
    • Chateau AUZIAS wine tasting
    • Organic vegetable distributor in Montolieu
    • Ludo's Vault
    • The Odyssey of the Olive Tree
    • Aude hazelnuts
    • Etc....
  • Mountain
    • Canal du Midi Museum and Gardens in the Montagne Noire
    • St Férréol Lake and Leisure Center
    • Cavayere Lake
    • GR 10 Pyrénées
  • Mediterranean and Beaches
    • The salt marshes of the island of Saint Martin in Gruissan
    • Narbonne Plage through the pine forests of La Clape
    • Collioure Beautiful village known for its anchovies
    • Cadaques Typical Village by the sea. Magnificent!
  • Typical specialties
    • Cassoulet
    • Duck foie gras
    • Olives Lucques
    • Champignons Cèpes Girolles Morilles
    • Truffes
    • Charcuterie du terroir
    • Ratatouille
    • Ecrevisses
    • Escargots à la languedocienne
    • Civet de sanglier
    • Fromages (nombreuses variétés locales).
  • ALBI Classé Patrimoine Mondial de l'UNESCO en 2010
    • Office du tourisme d' Albi
  • un peu plus loin...
    • Toulouse la « ville rose »
    • Célèbre Musée Dali à Figueras ( Espagne )
    • Principauté d' Andorre- Magasins détaxés