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December in France

December in France

December in FranceDecember is a wonderful month to visit France, a time when the entire country comes alive with seasonal delights. Ice skating rinks are set up in major cities, often alongside Christmas markets that fill the streets and squares, attracting crowds who...

Christmas Markets South of France 2022

Christmas Markets South of France 2022

Christmas Markets South of France 2022The 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 mid-November to New Year, but usually just for a day.  The big towns and cities,...

Narbonne Indoor Market

Narbonne Indoor Market

Les Halles de Narbonne Indoor MarketRunner-up in 2021 – Narbonne indoor market has just deservedly won ‘le plus beau marché de France 2022’ in a much-loved annual contest. This elegant Baltard-style pavillion, famous throughout the South of France is a must-visit for...

Autumn Fairs in Hérault and Aude

Autumn Fairs in Hérault and Aude

Some Great Autumn Fairs in the Hérault and AudeAfter the blazing heat and fast pace of a Mediterranean summer, the autumn comes as a bit of a relief. The weather is ideal - mostly warm, sunny days in the high 20s but with a bit of a breeze and cooler nights. The...

Top 5 Wild Swimming Spots in Languedoc

Top 5 Wild Swimming Spots in Languedoc

Top 5 Wild Swimming Spots in the LanguedocSummers in the Languedoc are pretty much always hot and sunny with endless blue skies. So, you definitely need places to cool off. Of course, there is “ la grande bleue” as the French call the Mediterranean Sea. But inland,...

Minervois and St Chinian Vineyards Cycling Circuit

Minervois and St Chinian Vineyards Cycling Circuit

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 traverses small villages and passes several wineries where...

Les Fenestrettes Hike

Les Fenestrettes Hike

A surprising walk with breathtaking views: this astonishing path, built by the monks of Saint-Guilhem, hangs above the void. It is often thought of as the most beautiful trail in the Hérault and is an ideal complement to a visit to the village of Saint-Guilhem-le-Désert

The Most Beautiful Villages

The Most Beautiful Villages

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

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...

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 guest to compose...

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 things that...

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, and is...

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 we've been...

The Perfect Mid-Week Break in Occitanie

The Perfect Mid-Week Break in Occitanie

We thought we would share with you our idea of a perfect mid-week break in Occitanie - in and around Montouliers. The weekends can get busy on the beaches, in the restaurants and on the roads, so why not make the most of the quieter times and come and have a break...

Tour de France 2021 Stage 13

Tour de France 2021 Stage 13

The Tour de France 2021 is fast approaching! And the date for your diary is... Friday July 9, 2021 Stage 13 of the 2021 Tour de France is in Canal du Midi territory! This is the 108th edition of race. The Grand Depart will be in Brittany on 26th June and it will...

Sketching holidays in Montouliers

Sketching holidays in Montouliers

How do you fancy a relaxing stay at La Calade combined with a weekend of sketching in the local vineyards of Montouliers? Stay in one of our beautiful en-suite rooms, spend your days being taught by the very talented and patient Annette and your evenings relaxing in...

Saint Chinian Market

Saint Chinian Market

If you are holidaying in the South of France then going to a local market should be a must-do on your itinerary. Visiting a local Languedoc market is always a real treat. Buzzing with life, full of colours, aromas and sounds; the market is where you'll find some of...