• Carcassonne Cité
  • Region Canal Du Midi Homps
  • Lac De Jouarres
  • Minerve
  • Carcassonne
  • Carcassonne Port
  • Carcassonne Market
  • Carcassonne Market
  • Carcassonne Market
  • Carcassonne Market
  • Beziers St Nazaire Pont Vieux
  • Narbonne
The Region

Just a few minutes away is Homps, on the Canal du Midi, with restaurants and shops nestled on its banks it’s a popular stop-over for canal cruisers. Lac de Jouarres is perfect for swimming, sailing, picnicking and sunbathing. Stunning Minerve, rated one of the most beautiful villages in France and the ancient capitol of the region, precariously overhangs steep gorges carved by the Rivers Cesse and Brian. However, if you prefer something a little more active, climb to the dramatic Cathar castles at Lastours, investigate the caves at Limousis or simply enjoy lovely mountain walks in the Montaignes Noir – a stone’s-throw from your sun-terrace.

The unique and magnificently-turreted Old Cité of Carcassonne - second only to the Eiffel Tower as a French tourist attraction (and recently finding renewed fame in Kate Moss’s best-seller ‘Labyrinth’) - is an easy, thirty minute-drive west, as, indeed, is Carcassonne airport and the city’s excellent golf course. To the east, less than an hour away, stretch the glorious, golden, sandy beaches and popular resorts of the Mediterranean.

There are numerous sites of genuine interest, including the remains of incredible Cathar castles perched perilously on mountain peaks and classic French villages like Mirepoix with its marvelous, medieval timbered arcades, enormous church and bustling Monday-morning market.

Nearby city-life includes great shopping centres: like Beziers with its inspired architecture and imposing cathedral towering over the River Orb far below; and Narbonne, beautifully bisected from end to end by the charming, tree-lined Canal du Robine, where the Sunday-morning market is a magical meeting place for bargains and bargain-hunters alike.

A little further afield Toulouse, Montpellier, Perpignan and even border-crossings to Barcelona and Andorra are well within return-journey time.

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