The Holiday house is situated in the village of Marseillette, which has a cafe, post office, hotel & restaurant. As you can imagine in this part of France eating and relaxing is done in the shade of trees or umbrellas, and this property with its large patios and terraces is ideal for this.
There are weekly markets in the villages around Marseillette. A very short walk from the house is the UNESCO protected Canal du Midi, with its many locks and miles of towpaths to wander, under the shade of the plane trees which line its banks. Local activities include, tennis courts and hiking or cycling routes. Lakes Jouarre and Cavayère have supervised swimming and hire of sailboards and kayaks.
The medieval city of Carcassonne is about fifteen minutes by car, offering shops, restaurants, a golf course and an abundance of entertainment. Not forgetting, most famously the medieval walled city and Cathare Châteaux.
The Mediterranean beaches of Gruissan, Leucates and Narbonne are about forty minutes by car and just over an hour to Perpignan and the Spanish border. The nearest ski resorts are approximately an hour and a half to Andorra and the Pyrenees mountains. The surrounding area is a varied and beautiful place to visit with its many mountains, valleys, gorges, lakes and historical villages.
Explore the area around the Villa. Around ‘L’Etang’ discover vineyards, apple orchards, rice paddy fields and explore where figs and almonds grow plentiful in the wild. This is a great jogging, walking and cycling area, as it is virtually traffic free. Enjoy walking or cycling along the famous Canal Du Midi towpath www.midicanal.fr taking in the villages and towns en route.
On Friday afternoons, the Marseillette Cave Cooperative is open for you to sample the local wines, its very cheap and it´s very nice as well, a true win-win.
Since 1997, the medieval city ‘La Cite’ of Carcassonne has been designated as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. A fairy tale city which has over 2000 years of history. Although most people head to ‘La Cite’ for its romantic spires, fortification, restaurants and chic boutiques, La Basse Ville is also worth exploring and where you'll find the French playing out their daily lives. The market square of Place Carnot with its eighteenth century fountain is a particularly enjoyable place to sit back and muse on passers-by.
Lac de la Cavayère Carcassonne
It is a short distance from the town of Carcassonne and has been made into a popular recreation area. The lake has good beaches and quiet inlets. Ducks and wildfowl are common and the area is notable for a diversity of habitats, flora and fauna. The beaches slope gently and there are well supervised bathing areas. Boats are available for rent and there are picnic areas and a crazy golf course.
Discover the Canal bank restaurants, tennis courts and the bullring, where outside festivals and concerts can be enjoyed. Opportunity to take short excursions along the Canal.
A village which is famous for its Abbey, Medieval houses and streets. Book and pottery fairs are held during the summer months. There are numerous restaurants and sightseeing.
This is another Medieval village nestled above a gorge with an interesting history; arts; crafts and a good selection of restaurants.
A charming village on the Canal du Midi with restaurants; pretty houseboats; hat museum and antique shops. Here, you can hire mountain bikes and small powerboats for leisurely short cruises.
The first Roman city built in France @ 120BC, located on the Canal du Robine and home to a Medieval palace and cathedral. With picturesque canal walks; many restaurants and an interesting indoor market called ‘Les Halles’ which is open every day, selling fresh fish, meat, fruit, cheese and local produce. From Narbonne, take the tourist train to Bize Minervois. http://www.trains.asso.fr/unecto/atm/ a pretty village on the River Cesse. Enjoy river swimming in the summer. Explore the olive oil producer Coopérative l'Oulibo with guided tours of the production and shop.
Golf: Golf Club de Carcassonne, Rte de St Hilaire, 11000. Tel: 0613 20 85 43 18 holes, practice, clubhouse, equipment renting, lessons. http://www.golf-de-carcassonne.com/
Tennis: Trebes (public courts), directions from the tourist office
Local tourist office: in Trebes http://www.tourisme.fr/tourist-office/trebes.htm, in Carcassonne
Review: all the beaches of Languedoc http://www.creme-de-languedoc.com/Languedoc/beaches/index.php
Carcassonne-Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday (best day)
St Chinian- Tuesday and Sunday (food, clothes, fabric, plants, local produce) pretty medieval village
Lezignan Corbieres-Wednesday (large market)
Narbonne-Tuesday (clothes) Wednesday (general market) Thursday and Sunday large market by the canal