The UNESCO World heritage sites Canal du Midi and Carcassonne Cite (castle) are only 5 min and 15 mins from our house. Other attractions such the beautiful medival market town of Mirepoix, Cathar Castles, the Mediterranean beaches, the Pyrenées and Andorra with its ski resorts are all within 90 mins of our house! A kids paradise with sun, fun and lots to explore! A small selection below...
Situated on the right bank of the Aude river, the Medieval City is a fortified city unlike any other in Europe; on account of its size as well as its state of preservation. Its history is marked by 2000 years of conquest and by the imprint of Catharism and the Crusades.
There are plenty of shops, restaurants and bars within the castle.
Carcassonne Cite (castle) is only 15mins drive from our house or a 10mins train trip to Carcassonne where a tourist train (April-Oct)waits for you to bring you to the castle or you walk (15mins)!
The Canal du Midi, excavated in the 17th century to link the Atlantic and the Mediterranean sea and formerly used for transporting goods and people. It is today an UNESCO World heritage site and very popular with boaters, bikers, walker and tourists.
There are a number of locks between Bram and Castelnaudary with the ultimate 6 locks experience at the entrance to the Bassin in Castelnaudary. It's well worthwhile watching the challenges the many boating tourists face!
A masterpiece of Cistercian art and a rare work of the 12th and 13th century architecture Fontfroide has been extremely well preserved. A stunning rose garden with well over 3000 rosebushes, a garden with fragrances plants and a restaurant with Mediterannean cuisine waits for your visit! Special events from May-October.
Perfect for a combined trip to the market in Narbonne (Sunday) or the beaches at Gruissan or Narbonne plage!
The O2 Aventure Park is located near the lake La Cavayere (Carcassonne Cite (castle) and is known as one of the most beautiful forest parks in the Langedoc-Roussillon region! There are attractions for everyone and every age group. Don't miss it!!
Discovered in 1968, the 'Gigantic Cave of Cabrespine' is known worldwide for its huge system of caves totaling in 25 km.
Classic tours are offered or explore the cave in a different way.... the underground safari!
Great for rainy days and/or when it gets too hot!
Discover the secrets of the Black Diamond and let its charm bewitch, intoxicate, seduce and enthrall you as never before!
Maison de la Truffe du Languedoc, Villeneuve-Minervois.
Blanquette de Limoux is considered to be the first sparkling white wine produced in France, created in 1531 by Benedictine monks of the Abby Saint-Hilaire. Long before the champagne region became renowned for its Champagne. We love the 'Premiere Bulle' but try the different brands and types for yourself!
There are so many fabulous wines and wineries in this region you have to explore! Here a small selection in proximity to the house;
There are many Cathar Castles in the area, Peyrepertuse however is our favorite! Its location and views are amazing, so is the ruin itself! One can't imagine how it was built all those years ago. Close to Queribus, a long day trip, but worth it!
You will pass La Grasse - voted the 3rd most beautiful village in France!
Get in touch with amazing animals, discover the little know and fascinating culture of the aborigines of Australia, learn to throw the boomerang, twirl the Bullroarer or play the Dingeridoo... The Australian Park in Carcassonne offers a great experience for the whole family!
Esperanza - fabulous Museum and digging site dedicated to dinosaurs and specifically the T-Rex. Special family tours upon request!
Mèze - the largest Museum-Park in Europe devoted to Dinos tells the story of their origin to their extinction. 1996 numerous dinosaur eggs and bones were discovered at this site.
Château de Lordat castle dates back to the 9th and 10th centuries (mentioned first time in 970 AD). This fortress which protected the last Cathars after the fall of Montsegur in 1244, is one of the last historical castle in the Ariege Pyrenees mountains.
Come and discover this unique site where you will also enjoy a wide range of animations during the summer time including an amazing Falconry display!
Outdoor activities; Trekking, hiking, climbing, boating on the Canal du Midi (Port de Bram), white water sports like rafting, canoeing, kayaking on the Aude River, Mountain bike / cycle touring and many water sports.