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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...

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 that...

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...

Languedoc-Roussillon

Languedoc-Roussillon

Languedoc-Roussillon is the part of the French Mediterranean with a charm all of its own. One of its great assets is the amount of exciting geography in a relatively small area. From the wetlands of the Petite Camargue and its white horses and black bulls to the...

Best Languedoc Wineries…near us…so far!

Best Languedoc Wineries…near us…so far!

The Mediterranean climate of the Languedoc, with its mild winters and hot summers, is ideal for growing grapes. Reds, whites, rosés and effervescent wines sit side by side, with their own unique personalities. From muscat to Blanquette de Limoux, the oldest wine in...

Loyalty Cards

Loyalty Cards

Make us your regular and get reward points with our Loyalty Card! This is our way of saying thank you to our loyal customers for choosing us again and again. To join our scheme simply pick up a Loyalty Card from La Calade or get in touch with your address and we can...

We Won An Award!

We Won An Award!

We’re absolutely delighted and honoured to announce that La Calade has won The B&B School 'Best Marketing Campaign' Award for 2020 and we were also shortlisted for the 'Make it Happen' Award! The B&B School awards celebrate the best Bed & Breakfasts all...