Occitanie, Pyrénées–Méditerranée Region
With consistent temperatures in the mid 20s from May to September the Occitanie Region (formerly Languedoc-Rousillion) has something to offer everyone with its colourful landscape that changes dramatically through the seasons.
Lagrasse is an ideal base from which to explore the local history and architecture. We are a 30 minute drive from the historic medieval city of Carcassone, still inhabited, where you can explore the 52 towers and 3km of ramparts.
Narbonne is a 40 minute drive and offers a lively and colourful market each week.The indoor market Les Halles has more than 70 merchants and producers offering the very best of the region to food lovers and is a ‘must see’!
The Tour de France passes nearby each year where the tree-lined roads are filled with spectators who travel from around the globe to cheer the cyclists on their way towards the Pyrennees! Within easy driving distance you will also find a myriad of Cathar castles from the Albigensian crusades of the early 13th century on hilltops, fortified cathedrals at Albi, Bezier and Capestang, Abbeys galore and the exciting cosmopolitan cities of Toulouse and Montpellier.
The beautiful beaches of Leucate, Gruissan, Port Leucate and La Franqui are located approximately 35 minutes drive away with a variety of activities to occupy the more sporty or we can direct you to those ‘off the beaten track’ restaurants where you can sample the delights of fresh sea food.
There are 2 fun Aqua parks located within an hour of the house and a pirate theme park in Gruissan. In Carcassonne and Leucate there are the O2 Aventura Parcs where older children and adults can test their climbing skills – and their head for heights – in the tree top adventure park. In Sigean there is an African Safari Park which plays host – to amongst other things – elephants, lions and rhinos.