Montlaur offers pleasant walks around the village, and is located on the heart of very touristic region.
Walk up to the ruins of the fort by narrow lanes of the ancient village and discover at the top very nice panoramic sights.
Visit of the church, dating from the fourteenth century (Opening times displayed on the side entrance board).
The botanical walking path of the Alaric is 3.5 km long, altitude between 275 and 350 m and offers pleasant walk together with magnificent views while discovering the regional flora. Two circuits are available.
The GR 36 offers beautiful circuits that can be broken down:
Beautiful panoramas over the plain of the Aude River and the Pyrenees Mountains can be discovered at the highest point of Mount Alaric, the “signal” (l’ensegno)
at 597 m high. Further away, the ruins of Saint Michel de Nahuze are not to be missed.
Tennis court in Arquettes (contact: JJ Bouges 04.68.24.04.17)
Abbaye de Fontfroide
Canal du midi
Half-day or day trips
Lagrasse, one of the most beautiful medieval French villages, its abbey founded in the Charlemagne reign (website).
Minerve, fortified village where the “Parfaits” (type of Cathar pastors) refused to abjure their faith and died singing at the stake.
Cucugnan, overlooked by the castle of Quéribus.
Mailhac, excavations showed a site where a developed civilisation was present in the seventh century BC.
Fortified City of Carcassonne, most complete medieval defensive architectural ensemble, part of the Unesco World Heritage List (site). On Bastille Day (14th July), exceptional fireworks display.
Narbonne: Roman capital then Christian metropolis. The “Palais des Archevêques” (Palace of the Archbishops) forms with the Cathedral St-Just and St-Pasteur a unique architectural ensemble (website).
Abbey of Fontfroide one of the finest Cistercian art masterpieces in France (website).
Canal du Midi, part of the Unesco World Heritage List. Walk along the tow path where tri-centenarian trees provide shade, or sail, thanks to the organised cruises or boat rental (licence not needed).
Cathar Castles : Puivert, Quéribus (website), Termes, Puilaurens et Peyrepertuse (website), the five “sons of Carcassonne” were forming the defensive line facing the Aragon area. Historical and architectural important places, these mythical castles (“Vertigo Citadels”) overlooking the Corbières area offer unforgettable panoramas.
Castelnaudary : its mill, its harbour, and of course its “Cassoulet” (website).
The Wines Road : visits of the cellars of the Corbières and the Minervois areas and high quality original wine-tasting.
Caves and Gigantic Caverns : amongst the most striking ones, the caves of Limousis present fantastic aragonite and limestone crystal formations; the cavern of Cabrespine (website) and its gigantic underground room: 80 m wide and 220 m deep!
African Zoological Park of Sigean (“Réserve africaine de Sigean”) houses more than 3,800 animals sharing an area of 300 ha (website).
Terra Vinea in Portel-des-Corbières): former gypsum mine site transformed into wine cellar presenting monumental galleries 80 m under the ground (website).