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Minervois and St Chinian Vineyards Cycling Circuit

Minervois and St Chinian Vineyards Cycling Circuit

Montouliers Circular 4h 30 min 55km Easy +700 / -700 Cycling the Minervois and St Chinian Vineyards Departing from Montouliers, the cycling loop offers beautiful views of the Minervois and Saint-Chinian vineyards. The route follows pleasant secondary roads and...
Les Fenestrettes Hike

Les Fenestrettes Hike

Saint-Guilhem-Le-Desert Circular 3h 30 min 10km Medium +715 / -715 The Stages of Les Fenestrettes Hike Les Fenestrettes is a surprising walk with breathtaking views: this astonishing path, built by the monks of Saint-Guilhem, hangs above the void. It is often thought...
The Most Beautiful Villages

The Most Beautiful Villages

Top 5 Beautiful Villages in the Languedoc Les Plus Beaux Villages de France (meaning “the most beautiful villages of France”) is an association created in 1982 to protect and promote the rich cultural heritage and appeal of small rural villages. So when you see a sign...
Best Beaches in the Languedoc

Best Beaches in the Languedoc

The Languedoc’s beaches are vast and striking, with unbroken stretches of sand and backdrops of wild grasses. The better known ‘town’ beaches, such as Carnon, St Pierre and Canet are pretty awful – ruined by cheap concrete beach apartments. But get off the beaten...
How the French celebrate Christmas

How the French celebrate Christmas

How the French celebrate Christmas includes letters to Santa, presents at the beginning of December and a huge meal on Christmas Eve. Letters to Santa Writing to Santa is tradition across the world, but in France he writes back! Since a law was passed in 1962 stating...
Christmas Markets South of France 2021

Christmas Markets South of France 2021

The south of France is not well-known for it’s Christmas markets but almost every town and village will have a Christmas market at some stage from late November to New Year, but usually just for a day.  The big towns and cities, however, have larger markets...
Les Grands Buffets, Narbonne

Les Grands Buffets, Narbonne

The restaurant Les Grands Buffets in Narbonne has revived the French tradition of buffets. Since the Middle Ages, this is how the French aristocracy have enjoyed their grand banquets; serving all the dishes at the same time on a ‘buffet’ inviting each...
A Trip to Minerve

A Trip to Minerve

If you are visiting this part of France then a trip to Minerve should be on everyone’s itinerary. There really is something for everybody – breathtaking scenery, rich history, walking, swimming, great restaurants and little local shops. Here are a few...
Autumn in the Languedoc-Roussillon, Occitanie

Autumn in the Languedoc-Roussillon, Occitanie

Autumn is a fantastic time to visit the Languedoc-Roussillon, Occitanie. The stifling heat of summer gives way to a comfortable warmth with temperatures a very pleasant 20 to 25 °c and the air becomes much clearer. It’s superb weather for walking and cycling,...
Eating in at La Calade

Eating in at La Calade

We are lucky to be able to offer you the perfect spot for eating in at La Calade -why not relax under the shade of a large lime tree in our tranquil, south-facing garden? So many of our guests don’t want to leave it once they have spent some time there. So...