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Your holidays will be absolutely unforgettable in the magnificent Languedoc -Roussillon region of southern France.

You’ll be able to indulge in a huge range of activities as you wander through the varied countryside, visiting fascinating sites and enjoying the sun which shines for over 300 days a year. And you’ll be charmed by the kindness of the truly genuine people you will meet.

Whether as a family or with friends, you’ll be spoilt for choice as you organize your dream holiday around local cultural, sporting or leisure activities. There are so many rich and varied things to do, truly something for everyone. Obviously you can relax and do nothing if that’s what takes your fancy…

The domain is ideally sited within easy reach of the region’s fascinating places: our village in the Aude department is close to the Midi canal and Narbonne, between Carcassone to the west, Montpellier to the north, Perpignan to the south and the Mediterranean to the east.

Enjoy the sea and lagoons

The Narbonnaise regional natural park and 50 kilometres of beaches are perfect not simply for relaxing but for discovering the delightful villages along the coast such as Gruissan, Bages, Peyriac de Mer, Leucate and its cliffs. Apart from sporting activities, (kite and wind surfing, sand yachting, sailing), you’ll enjoy the splendid restaurants, oyster bars…

Enjoy some sport

You’ll be spoilt for choice:

  • on the water: catamaran, kite and wind surfing, canoeing, kayaks, canyoning, rafting, ski jets, waterboarding
  • on land: cycling, rambling, horse riding, rock climbing, sand yachting, go-karting
  • underground: superb cathedral-like caves to explore
  • in the air: paragliding, simulated free fall

Discover wine producers, their land and their wines

Languedoc-Roussillon’s 245,000 hectares of vineyards make up France’s largest wine producing area. The producers you will meet have a real passion for their work – the varied countryside and different characters of the wines you taste will fascinate you. The Corbières, Minervois, Fitou, Saint-Chinian…will unveil their secrets. 2500 domains and 30,000 vignerons await you!

Strolling through the markets

The south of France wouldn’t be the samewithout the huge number of lively, colourful markets where the producers show off their products in a festive atmosphere.  The halls of Narbonne, the markets at Lézignan Corbières, Ginestas, Olonzac and Saint-Chinian, are just a few examples of markets you will thoroughly enjoy.

Heaps to do, whether you’re alone, with family or friends

  • Tour the region in a charming, French classic car: the Citroen ‘deux chevaux’
  • The Acromix adventure park at Gruissan
  • The African game reserve at Sigean
  • Montpellier’s aquarium
  • At the Lagrasse museum and cellars you can taste the wines and vinegars and enjoy a 3D presentation of the region
  • The giant Cabrespine ravine, the Limousis or Devèze grottos

Discover the Canal du Midi

A dream come true: a link from the Atlantic to the Mediterranean –  avoiding Gibraltar… Classed a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1996, nowadays the canal oozes freshness and peace as you move along it in a boat, a bike, on horseback or on foot. There are scores of delightful villages along its banks, whilst its locks, bridges and boat tunnels are truly works of art. Only a few minutes from us is one of the prettiest villages, Le Somail, where you can have lunch or dinner by the canal, visit an art gallery or hire a little boat.

Go back in time as you visit Narbonne, Carcassonne, the abbeys, medieval villages, fortresses

Known as ‘the City of art and history’ you’ll love Narbonne not only its atmosphere, its roads, its pathway along the Canal de la Robine, its market – but also its historic heritage and its museums.  
Carcassonne is Europe’s largest medieval city. A UNESCO World Heritage site, you’ll dream as you meander along its lanes and alleyways, its 3 kilometre long ramparts and its 52 towers.

For centuries abbeys have been considered as life’s oases in a hostile world and they’re  always built in magnificent settings. Fontfroide is a perfect example. The most visited in the region (around 100,000 visitors annually) it’s also one of the most special. Founded by the Cistercians in 1093, it became a privately-owned historically listed building in 1908, and is still in the same family which organizes many enjoyable cultural activities throughout the year. There are over 20 abbeys to visit in the region.

Medieval villages are common too. Minerve and Lagrasse are great examples, both listed among the ‘Most Beautiful Villages of France’. The first is an unbelievable Cathar village perched on a rocky outcrop and surrounded by garrigue and vines. The second, crossed by the Orbieu river, is special thanks to its windy lanes, bridges, covered 14th century hall and the 8th century abbey.

Quéribus and Peyrepertuse, castles in Cathar country, are great examples of royal fortresses built on rocky crags to defend the border with Spain. The views are incredible. Also worth seeing is the fortress of Salses built on the plain by the Spanish and the site of numerous battles.

Take part in lively events all year round

For example:

  • Limoux: Carnival and the gastronomic fair Toques et Clochers
  • Peyriac de Mer: each two years in April, this walk through the area with splendid picnic stops is a treat for eyes and a delight for taste buds
  • Leucate: Sol y Fiesta (early May) – bodegas shops & stalls, open air events, music
  • La Clape: Ballade Gourmande – a ramble with mouthwatering treats (mid May)
  • Gruissan: Festejades (Feast day of food, wine, music, dancing… (early June)
  • Castelnaudary: Fête du cassoulet (end August): celebrating the famous local casserole made with sausages, and either pork, goose, duck or mutton with white beans
  • Narbonne: 3 days of lively events (end August) – bodegas shops & stalls, open air events, music

Treat yourself

Whether you choose a Michelin starred restaurant, or one of the many in the wild garrigue countryside, on the beaches, by the Canal du Midi, you’ll find something to delight your taste buds – and don’t forget to try the splendid local oysters available all along the sea front!