Winetasting, horseriding, shopping
Villages and Towns (continued) (back)
Albi... with its brick cathedral and marvellous 15th century fresco of the Last Judgment, the Toulouse Lautrec museum, and lovely scenery. Marvellous for a one day visit.
Mirepoix... a bustling Monday morning market held in the historic arcaded market square, makes a great place to shop for local produce or just to sit at one of the cafes and soak up the atmosphere.
Castres... a busy town that boasts a Goya museum.
Limoux... home of sparkling white wine, the inspiration for Champagne.
Rennes Le Chateau... a mystical centre, supposed site of the Holy Grail and other treasures.
Castelnaudary... well known for being the birth place of cassoulet - a savoury stew of different kinds of meat baked with beans in the oven. The historic Canal du Midi which connects the Atlantic to the Mediterranean sea, forms a large basin in the town from which you can hire boats or go for boat trips - a very leisurely way to travel!
Sorèze... home of the Abbey School of Sorèze which in the 17th century was the largest school in France.
Lavaur... charming with its grand Gothic cathedral, brick houses, fountains and squares.
Narbonne... within easy reach are the beaches of the Mediterranean, Narbonne is a lively market town potent with history of the Romans.
Beziers... summer bull fights and fetes.
Wine Tasting... although not by itself a wine-growing area, the Lauragais plain is surrounded by the vineyards of Gaillac, Corbieres, Limoux, Minervois and Fitou, making it an ideal base for any wine lover.
Gourmet Dining....there are a number of excellent restaurants in the area, many of which serve the famous cassoulet.
where the last stand of the Cathars against the Crusades took place. There
are now only ruins but there is a wonderful view of the surrounding area.
Saissac... with spectacular views and a large ruined Cathar castle.
Gruissan Plage / Leucate... for those wanting to visit the Mediterranean beaches here there are seemingly endless beaches, mostly with a very slight gradient perfect for children and adults alike.
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