Visits and activities Montlaur

Montlaur offers pleasant walks around the village, and is located on the heart of very touristic region.

In Monlaur

  • 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:
    • By Monze the ruins of the castle of Miramont, dating from the Middle Ages, and the Stoup of the Alaric
    • 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.
  • The sculptural path of Mayronnes will delight the lovers of contemporary art as monumental sculptures are displayed along the 5 km long walking path.
  • The Poetry path of Villar-en-Val where you can read poems and thoughts of Joseph Delteil along the shady circuit.
  • The centenarian green oak tree 15 m high, 3 m circumference!
  • When leaving Montlaur heading East, you enter the magnificent gorges of the Congoust river, not to be missed!
  • In Rieux-en-Val, a magnificentbridge from the twelfth century across the Alzou river.
  • Between Montlaur Lagrasse and a footpath joins the Chapel of Notre-Dame du Carla , overlooking the valley (1 hour round trip).
  • Sports activities :
    • Numerous places to have a swim : natural basins in Ribaute, Labastide-en-Val, lake of Cavayère, fine sand beaches between Narbonne and Perpignan, etc.
    • Walks, plenty of paths adapted to all abilities: GR 36, local paths, themed paths (see above), walk on the hills in the garrigue and the woods to discover the local flora et la fauna.
    • Cycle rides (on or off road), fishing, golfing (Cacassonne), canoeing, kayaking, windsurfing, horseback riding (in the village is located the horse farm, the “Plo Outfitter”: website).
    • Trial bike courses in Pradelles, see: website.
    • Tennis court in Arquettes (contact: JJ Bouges





Abbaye de Fontfroide

Canal du midi

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).