the picturesque village of
Montouliers, nestled amongst vineyards and pine forests
Montouliers, ideally situated between the mountains and the Mediterranean, is a charming village with stunning, winding cobbled lanes, known as ‘les Calades’ which lead up to the 12th Century château and church. You can find the Roman fountain at the edge of the village, a winery, where wine tasting is available, a small grocery, restaurant/bar and a post office.
The village is a delightful 5 minute drive through pine forests to Bize-Minervois, with its restaurants, bars, supermarket and river, perfect for a dip as it has a life guard during the summer months. Also only a 5 minute drive away is the Canal de Midi at La Croisade, with its canal-side restaurant.
Narbonne, famous for its covered market, is less than 30 minutes by car as is the beautiful village of Minerve and the UNESCO World Heritage City of Carcassonne is less than an hour away.
A number of Mediterranean beaches can be reached in about 40 minutes and the Spanish border is 1.5 hours away.
“We had an amazing time staying at La Calade! The perfect location for cycling into the hills of the Haut Languedoc, and trying the local wines along the way”
Edward Parsons – UK
Activities In Montouliers
There are so many interesting cycle routes that you can access directly from Montouliers. You can VTT in the surrounding forests or for road cyclists there are fabulous routes up into the Haut Languedoc. The Canal de Midi is only 5 mintues cycle away with its beautiful towpath or for easy family cycling there are the wonderful voie verte cycle paths
Right on Montouliers doorstep are accessible walking paths. Stroll through pine forests to Bize Minervois or navigate through vines to Cruzy. There are also countless walking day trips that you can do a short drive away including the UNESCO stronghold of Minerve and its surrounding Cathar castles. Or the stunning Gorges d’Heric
The rich landscape of pine forests and vineyards offers an endless choice of trails for riders of all ages and levels. The Appaloosas du Pech ranch, found in Montouliers hills has a rustic western feel and friendly atmosphere with riders on hand to accompany. They offer the rare experience of swimming on horseback during a river ride.
The Languedoc-Roussillon is one of the biggest wine regions in the world with good value, good quality wine. Easily while away a few hours partaking in a bit of wine tasting, either in the village winery, the fantastic Domaine Lou Colombier or at the hundreds of others in the vicinity. Or we can organise a wine tasting for you at La Calade
There are so many things to do in the vicinity – here are just a few ideas.
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The area is peppered with tiny hamlets and small villages that just call to be explored. You can find the most beautiful villages filled with quaint houses and cobbled streets perched on different scenic landscapes.
A perfect morning could be visiting one of the wonderful local French markets situated in the nearby villages – finding delicious food to bring back to La Calade to put on the BBQ or prepare in the guest kitchen
Enjoy a day on one of the Mediterranean beaches, only a 30 minute drive away. Languedoc-Roussillon has some of the most beautiful beaches in the south of France with something for everyone.
Canal du Midi
Admire the exceptionally beautiful scenery of the Canal du Midi and appreciate the technical prowess behind its structures. Rent a permit-free boat or take to the towpath to explore by bike or by foot.
“We really enjoyed our 3 night stay here. The owners are very welcoming and the house is beautifully decorated and clean. The village is very pretty with a friendly little cafe/bar/shop so everything you need nearby.
There’re nice walks marked nearby although we mostly had lunch in a nice restaurant and did a bit of wine tasting and great fun at the village vide grenier. Also we went for a day trip to Le Somail, which is a pretty little town nearby on the Canal du Midi where you can do boat trips or just have lunch”