PLACES TO VISIT NEARBY

There are so many things to do and see in Occitanie - the new amalgamated regional setup in SW France, which included our favourite Languedoc. We send all our guests a document by email with information on places to go, things to see, practical stuff and of course the restaurants in our region. The info includes routes for day outings, which are all google map linked to help you get the best from your stay.

Note that there is sooo much info on the internet – hence our little travel guide for our guests, and a few ideas below….

Within 15-30 minutes . . .
Carcassonne for its medieval Cité, colourful food market, shopping, swimming lake and “Labyrinthe” connections.

Trèbes, Homps, Capendu, Le Somail – picturesque canal ports along the Canal du Midi.

The Black Mountains & Minerve for Cathar history, wild swimming and walking the gorges; Saissac Abbey and the “book village” of Montolieu.

The Alaric Mountains and the 9th century Visigoth Chateau de Miramont are visible from Millepetit; from there visit the historic town of Lagrasse and its Abbey; and the wine museum and tastings in Lezignan Corbières.

Plus fantastic cycling, boat rides on the Canal, canoeing, wild swimming, adventure parks, bird watching, fishing and hiking or just relaxing by the water!

Within an hour . . .
Narbonne for its Mediterranean beaches, Cathedral, wonderful food “Halles” and the wines of “La Clappe”. Nearby beautifully restored Fontroide Abbey; and Guissan for oysters, mussels and the salt plains.

Limoux to taste fabulous sparkling wines; enjoy lunch in the medieval Bastide town square of Mirapoix; and then onto mysterious Rennes le Chateau - inspiration for The Da Vinci Code.

Within 1.5 hours . . .
Toulouse, the rose coloured city, with its huge Romanesque church and stunning Place du Capitole, excellent shopping and Canal side walks.

The university town of Montpelier with its architecture and car free centre just minutes from beautiful Mediterranean beaches.
Carcassonne, le cite

Beziers famous for its wine and infamous for its bullfighting ferias.

Fonsérannes the “staircase” of 7 locks which lifts the boats over 21 metres (70 ft) and offering great views of the Cathédrale St-Nazaire.

Catalan country….Perpignan for archaeological sites and thermal baths; and Sète is the regions’ ”little Venice”.

Banyuls famous for its sweet wines, Coullieres for castles, beaches, restaurants and simply the best anchovies!

Then pop across the Spanish border, to Girona or Port Bou for truly authentic tapas.

And…
Barcelona is a 3 hour drive so probably worth staying over the night!