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Tourist Tips of Domaine du Moulin, Roquetaillade

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Tourist Tips of Domaine du Moulin, Roquetaillade

Sports
With its endless beaches is just over an hour away. Some of the beaches appear to have indeed no end. Our favourite is La Franqui with pine trees reaching almost to the sea, its lagoon and little beach houses. There are several beautiful lakes in our area where you can enjoy all sorts of watersports for example in Arques, lac Montbel, lac du Bugarach and lac de Cavayère in Carcassonne.
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With its endless beaches is just over an hour away. Some of the beaches appear to have indeed no end. Our favourite is La Franqui with pine trees reaching almost to the sea, its lagoon and little beach houses. There are several beautiful lakes in our area where you can enjoy all sorts of watersports for example in Arques, lac Montbel, lac du Bugarach and lac de Cavayère in Carcassonne.
Situated close to the medieval town, the Carcassonne Golf Club (30km) well deserves its reputation as a course of international standard. Even the most experienced and demanding players will be seduced by the exceptional quality of it’s fairways and the speed of it’s greens. The course has been created using and respecting the manual rolling relief of the terrain, designed with elegance and balance, the magnificent panoramic views giving an extra pleasure and delight. Its 18 holes totalling 5800 meters, with a par of 71, are open all year round.
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Golf de Carcassonne
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Situated close to the medieval town, the Carcassonne Golf Club (30km) well deserves its reputation as a course of international standard. Even the most experienced and demanding players will be seduced by the exceptional quality of it’s fairways and the speed of it’s greens. The course has been created using and respecting the manual rolling relief of the terrain, designed with elegance and balance, the magnificent panoramic views giving an extra pleasure and delight. Its 18 holes totalling 5800 meters, with a par of 71, are open all year round.
There are canoe and kayak rental places in Limoux and Alet-les-Bains. White water rafting can be undertaken between Axat and Quillan about 45 minutes away.
Kayak location Limoux
There are canoe and kayak rental places in Limoux and Alet-les-Bains. White water rafting can be undertaken between Axat and Quillan about 45 minutes away.
A stunning experience is canyoning in the Gorges de Galamus where one can swim in the stream, jump into natural pools and slide down small waterfalls. It is easy enough also for young children.
Canyoning Pyrénées Orientales
A stunning experience is canyoning in the Gorges de Galamus where one can swim in the stream, jump into natural pools and slide down small waterfalls. It is easy enough also for young children.
There is a karting club near Carcassonne, open every day for everyone from 7 years old.
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There is a karting club near Carcassonne, open every day for everyone from 7 years old.
In the Gouffre de Cabrespine, one of the world’s biggest caves open to the public, one can take part in a 5 hour underground safari.
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Gouffre de Cabrespine
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In the Gouffre de Cabrespine, one of the world’s biggest caves open to the public, one can take part in a 5 hour underground safari.
Marking the border between France and Spain, these spectacular mountains can be enjoyed at any season. Our nearest ski resort is just one hour away. There are many natural parks, activities abound and the places to visit here are too numerous to mention. There are also many easy walks locally. Our area is also very popular with cyclist. The tour de France passes through regularly.
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Pireneji
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Marking the border between France and Spain, these spectacular mountains can be enjoyed at any season. Our nearest ski resort is just one hour away. There are many natural parks, activities abound and the places to visit here are too numerous to mention. There are also many easy walks locally. Our area is also very popular with cyclist. The tour de France passes through regularly.
Sightseeing
With its 3 kilometres of ramparts and its 52 towers, the high town of Carcassonne, situated on the left bank of the River Aude, is the largest fortified city in Europe! Listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, it is one of the most visited locations in France. Inside La Cité there are many medieval buildings but sadly most of them are now shops or restaurants. The least spoiled are the perimeter walls and indeed worth a tour with its views over Carcassonne and the countryside.
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Carcassonne
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With its 3 kilometres of ramparts and its 52 towers, the high town of Carcassonne, situated on the left bank of the River Aude, is the largest fortified city in Europe! Listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, it is one of the most visited locations in France. Inside La Cité there are many medieval buildings but sadly most of them are now shops or restaurants. The least spoiled are the perimeter walls and indeed worth a tour with its views over Carcassonne and the countryside.
Designed in the 17th century by Pierre-Paul Riquet, the Canal du Midi, which has 64 locks interspersed along its length of nearly 240 kilometres, flows from Toulouse in Haute-Garonne to Thau Lake, near Sète, in the Hérault. This colossal construction made a link between the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea, and required the work of 12,000 men over fifteen years, from 1666 to 1681. Today it is listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, and is an unmissable tourist destination, great for exploration as well as relaxation, whether by boat or travelling along the charming, shady banks: canal boat cruises through the locks, romantic strolls by the waterside, or bicycle rides along the towpath...we like to enjoy a drink on its bank in Homps!
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Canal du Midi, reste la gare du Carcassonne
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Designed in the 17th century by Pierre-Paul Riquet, the Canal du Midi, which has 64 locks interspersed along its length of nearly 240 kilometres, flows from Toulouse in Haute-Garonne to Thau Lake, near Sète, in the Hérault. This colossal construction made a link between the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea, and required the work of 12,000 men over fifteen years, from 1666 to 1681. Today it is listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, and is an unmissable tourist destination, great for exploration as well as relaxation, whether by boat or travelling along the charming, shady banks: canal boat cruises through the locks, romantic strolls by the waterside, or bicycle rides along the towpath...we like to enjoy a drink on its bank in Homps!
Refusing the Old Testament, the authority of the Pope and the Catholic church, Catharism was a dissident religion that stirred up south-western France until the mid-18th century. Siege warfare and battles of nerves took place in Toulouse and the Pyrénées. Most of the cathar castles occupy spectacular sites and are perched high on top of rocky mountains with breathtaking views. Peyrepertuse is the biggest and best preserved castle and Lastours the most stunning.
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Lastours
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Refusing the Old Testament, the authority of the Pope and the Catholic church, Catharism was a dissident religion that stirred up south-western France until the mid-18th century. Siege warfare and battles of nerves took place in Toulouse and the Pyrénées. Most of the cathar castles occupy spectacular sites and are perched high on top of rocky mountains with breathtaking views. Peyrepertuse is the biggest and best preserved castle and Lastours the most stunning.
Minerve is positioned on a rock at the confluence of two rivers, the Brian and the Cesse, creating the impression of a peninsula. So the houses are perched on their rocky spur and when seen from above, appear to be suspended in space. It's no surprise that Minerve is listed among the most beautiful villages of France! Make sure to go down into the river bed and admire the two natural tunnels carved by the River Cesse.
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Minerve
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Minerve is positioned on a rock at the confluence of two rivers, the Brian and the Cesse, creating the impression of a peninsula. So the houses are perched on their rocky spur and when seen from above, appear to be suspended in space. It's no surprise that Minerve is listed among the most beautiful villages of France! Make sure to go down into the river bed and admire the two natural tunnels carved by the River Cesse.
Beziers is dominated by the Cathedral of St. Nazarius, built in the 13th century. To admire a breathtaking view of the whole of Béziers and the Orb river and plain, head to the Bishop's Palace Garden (Jardin de l'Évêché) downhill from the cathedral. Take a stroll in the city centre along its cobbled, narrow streets and visit Allées Paul-Riquet, a pleasant avenue lined with plane trees, shops and lively cafés.
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Béziers
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Beziers is dominated by the Cathedral of St. Nazarius, built in the 13th century. To admire a breathtaking view of the whole of Béziers and the Orb river and plain, head to the Bishop's Palace Garden (Jardin de l'Évêché) downhill from the cathedral. Take a stroll in the city centre along its cobbled, narrow streets and visit Allées Paul-Riquet, a pleasant avenue lined with plane trees, shops and lively cafés.
The main attractions in Narbonne are conveniently situated close together in the centre of town, in and around the the Place de l’Hotel de Ville. They include the Bishops Palace and the Cathedral. Nice shops, an attractive area around the cathedral full of cafés where you can stop for a coffee and a sandwich, the Canal du Midi (Canal de la Robine at this point) running through the centre of the town and a whole selection of beautiful buildings with interesting architectural features make Narbonne well worth a visit.
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Narbonne
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The main attractions in Narbonne are conveniently situated close together in the centre of town, in and around the the Place de l’Hotel de Ville. They include the Bishops Palace and the Cathedral. Nice shops, an attractive area around the cathedral full of cafés where you can stop for a coffee and a sandwich, the Canal du Midi (Canal de la Robine at this point) running through the centre of the town and a whole selection of beautiful buildings with interesting architectural features make Narbonne well worth a visit.
Along this lagoon of great natural beauty the pitoresque villages Bages and Peyriac de Mer are located as well as the safari park of Sigean. It is also the home of flamingos and many other bird species that can be observed on various walks, one even on a boardwalk across the water!
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Étang de Bages-Sigean
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Along this lagoon of great natural beauty the pitoresque villages Bages and Peyriac de Mer are located as well as the safari park of Sigean. It is also the home of flamingos and many other bird species that can be observed on various walks, one even on a boardwalk across the water!
Nestling at the heart of the Corbières, the picturesque village of Lagrasse, classed amongst the most beautiful in France, makes a lovely picture, with its old humpback bridge over the Orbieu, its medieval houses, the remains of ancient ramparts and its abbey overlooked by an imposing bell tower. Before visiting the Abbey of St Mary of Orbieu, take a stroll in the medieval town, a place full of charm, where you can admire an old 14th-century covered market with stone pillars, art and craft shops, and a Gothic church listed as a Historic Monument.
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Lagrasse
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Nestling at the heart of the Corbières, the picturesque village of Lagrasse, classed amongst the most beautiful in France, makes a lovely picture, with its old humpback bridge over the Orbieu, its medieval houses, the remains of ancient ramparts and its abbey overlooked by an imposing bell tower. Before visiting the Abbey of St Mary of Orbieu, take a stroll in the medieval town, a place full of charm, where you can admire an old 14th-century covered market with stone pillars, art and craft shops, and a Gothic church listed as a Historic Monument.
The Benedictine Abbey of Saint-Hilaire is located in the picturesque valley of Lauquet. Occupying a dominant position in the heart of the ancient medieval fort of Saint-Hilaire, this monastery is organized around its Gothic cloister. It is here that in 1531, the monks invented the first sparkling wine in the world, Blanquette.
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Abbaye de Saint-Hilaire
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The Benedictine Abbey of Saint-Hilaire is located in the picturesque valley of Lauquet. Occupying a dominant position in the heart of the ancient medieval fort of Saint-Hilaire, this monastery is organized around its Gothic cloister. It is here that in 1531, the monks invented the first sparkling wine in the world, Blanquette.
Limoux is famed for the longest carnival in Europe and its excellent sparkling wine “Blanquette de Limoux” which is produced using the Champagne process. Cooking fans should earmark Fridays, the market day, with many delicious local products on sale. Limoux also has a good range of shops and restaurants and a very nice square that invites to chill with a drink.
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Limoux
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Limoux is famed for the longest carnival in Europe and its excellent sparkling wine “Blanquette de Limoux” which is produced using the Champagne process. Cooking fans should earmark Fridays, the market day, with many delicious local products on sale. Limoux also has a good range of shops and restaurants and a very nice square that invites to chill with a drink.
Rennes-le-Chateau is a very small hill top village enjoying splendid views all around. It is where history meets mystery. Rennes-le-Château’s fame rests on a chapter that began in 1885 with the arrival of a new poor village priest, Father Bérenger Saunière. Between 1886 and his death in 1917, Father Saunière would not only completely renovate the village church of St Mary Magdalene and its presbytery, but buy up the land directly adjacent and build a smart new villa and Gothic Revival tower, create a panoramic terrace and lay out formal gardens.
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Rennes-le-Château
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Rennes-le-Chateau is a very small hill top village enjoying splendid views all around. It is where history meets mystery. Rennes-le-Château’s fame rests on a chapter that began in 1885 with the arrival of a new poor village priest, Father Bérenger Saunière. Between 1886 and his death in 1917, Father Saunière would not only completely renovate the village church of St Mary Magdalene and its presbytery, but buy up the land directly adjacent and build a smart new villa and Gothic Revival tower, create a panoramic terrace and lay out formal gardens.
Renowned for the benefits of its spring water, the charming medieval village of Alet-les-Bains has beautiful stone and timber-framed houses, as seen in the picturesque square, the Place de la République. Not far from there stand the remains of an ancient Benedictine monastery, which was founded in the 9th century. Close by you can find La Buvette, an enchanted garden in an ancient seminary with shady trees and romantic pond. They serve drinks and snacks.
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Alet-les-Bains
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Renowned for the benefits of its spring water, the charming medieval village of Alet-les-Bains has beautiful stone and timber-framed houses, as seen in the picturesque square, the Place de la République. Not far from there stand the remains of an ancient Benedictine monastery, which was founded in the 9th century. Close by you can find La Buvette, an enchanted garden in an ancient seminary with shady trees and romantic pond. They serve drinks and snacks.
the biggest and best preserved Cathar castle
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Château de Peyrepertuse
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the biggest and best preserved Cathar castle
The Galamus gorges extend over 3 km, a spectacular natural site with vertiginous limestone cliff faces! Carved out over time by the tumultuous waters of the Agly, this protected area can be admired from the narrow road which runs along the gorges, in all its beauty... As photogenic a place as you could hope to find, which you can admire from a specially created belvedere, the Hermitage of St Anthony of Galamus clings to a cliff overlooking the Agly. Between April and September, the Galamus gorges, with their little waterfalls and pools, are particularly good for canyoning. In the summer, when the gorge road becomes busy, a system of alternating traffic is in place, to make it easier and safer to cross it. There are also electric shuttle buses (Diablines) which go from Cubières-sur-Cinoble and Saint-Paul-de-Fenouillet.
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Gorge De Galamus
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The Galamus gorges extend over 3 km, a spectacular natural site with vertiginous limestone cliff faces! Carved out over time by the tumultuous waters of the Agly, this protected area can be admired from the narrow road which runs along the gorges, in all its beauty... As photogenic a place as you could hope to find, which you can admire from a specially created belvedere, the Hermitage of St Anthony of Galamus clings to a cliff overlooking the Agly. Between April and September, the Galamus gorges, with their little waterfalls and pools, are particularly good for canyoning. In the summer, when the gorge road becomes busy, a system of alternating traffic is in place, to make it easier and safer to cross it. There are also electric shuttle buses (Diablines) which go from Cubières-sur-Cinoble and Saint-Paul-de-Fenouillet.
The pearl of the Vermillion Coast, the little town of Collioure, prized by painters, makes an incredibly picturesque, enchanting scene...It is a picture postcard place, with its royal castle by the sea, its port with local boats, its small pebbly beaches, its café terraces, the old town with its coloured façades and its emblematic pink-domed bell-tower! A wonderful scene which you can admire from the chapel of Saint-Vincent Island, from the esplanade at the foot of the château or again from the edges of the Pams gardens...
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Collioure
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The pearl of the Vermillion Coast, the little town of Collioure, prized by painters, makes an incredibly picturesque, enchanting scene...It is a picture postcard place, with its royal castle by the sea, its port with local boats, its small pebbly beaches, its café terraces, the old town with its coloured façades and its emblematic pink-domed bell-tower! A wonderful scene which you can admire from the chapel of Saint-Vincent Island, from the esplanade at the foot of the château or again from the edges of the Pams gardens...
Montsegur castle, the symbol of Cathar resistance rebuilt at the start of the 13th century, was once a refuge for Cathars hunted down by the Inquisition. The stronghold was besieged for 10 months before being taken by the royal army in March 1244, the month of the Prat dels Cremats ("field of the burned") tragedy when 225 Cathars who had refused to renounce their faith perished on a funeral pyre.
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Montségur
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Montsegur castle, the symbol of Cathar resistance rebuilt at the start of the 13th century, was once a refuge for Cathars hunted down by the Inquisition. The stronghold was besieged for 10 months before being taken by the royal army in March 1244, the month of the Prat dels Cremats ("field of the burned") tragedy when 225 Cathars who had refused to renounce their faith perished on a funeral pyre.
Niaux caves (Les Grottes de Niaux), famous for their Magdalenian era rock paintings, lie in the Vicdessos valley, 7 kilometres from Tarascon-sur-Ariège. A guided tour takes visitors through 800 metres of underground cave system, passing through the Salon Noir, a natural rotunda whose walls are decorated with around 100 animal illustrations. These black line paintings are over 12,000 years old and depict large prehistoric mammals such as bison, horse, deer and ibex. They form an exceptional and incredibly well-preserved collection. You are strongly advised to book entrance tickets in advance as the visitor numbers are limited for conservation reasons.
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Cave of Niaux
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Niaux caves (Les Grottes de Niaux), famous for their Magdalenian era rock paintings, lie in the Vicdessos valley, 7 kilometres from Tarascon-sur-Ariège. A guided tour takes visitors through 800 metres of underground cave system, passing through the Salon Noir, a natural rotunda whose walls are decorated with around 100 animal illustrations. These black line paintings are over 12,000 years old and depict large prehistoric mammals such as bison, horse, deer and ibex. They form an exceptional and incredibly well-preserved collection. You are strongly advised to book entrance tickets in advance as the visitor numbers are limited for conservation reasons.
Food scene
The bastide town of Mirepoix was rebuilt in the 13th century following a flood. From its medieval past it has preserved a 14th-century fortified gate and a stunning market square surrounded by beautiful half-timbered houses whose first floors jut out over the square creating an arcaded walkway below. The café terraces, shops and traditional market on Monday mornings make it a lovely spot to visit. Make sure you stop and admire the old facade of the Maison des Consuls for its typical medieval wood carvings. Other markets worth a visit: Sunday – Esperaza Tuesday – Limoux, night market in July and August Wednesday – Quillan Thursday – Carcassonne Friday – Limoux
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Mirepoix
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The bastide town of Mirepoix was rebuilt in the 13th century following a flood. From its medieval past it has preserved a 14th-century fortified gate and a stunning market square surrounded by beautiful half-timbered houses whose first floors jut out over the square creating an arcaded walkway below. The café terraces, shops and traditional market on Monday mornings make it a lovely spot to visit. Make sure you stop and admire the old facade of the Maison des Consuls for its typical medieval wood carvings. Other markets worth a visit: Sunday – Esperaza Tuesday – Limoux, night market in July and August Wednesday – Quillan Thursday – Carcassonne Friday – Limoux