Quality acommodation near carcassonne, narbonne and the beaches of the languedoc
Carcassonne is most famous for the Cité de Carcassonne, a medieval fortress restored by the theorist and architect Eugène Viollet-le-Duc in 1853. It was added to the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites in 1997. Situated on the right bank of the Aude, the Medieval City is a fortified city with its double ring of walls and towers protecting the old town. Its history is marked by 2000 years of conquest and by the imprint of Catharism and the Crusades.
Located in the heart of the Minervois wine region there are many vineyards and domains producing good quality wines which are exported throughout the world. There are many opportunities to visit, taste and buy wine locally.
Minerve is listed as one of Les Plus Beaux Villages de France ("The Most Beautiful Villages Of France"). Surrounded by deep gorges cut where the rivers Briant and Cesse meet and situated at the very end of a limestone plateau. As well as being a beautiful village with narrow streets, shops and cafes its surrounded by some great walking and cycling routes. It was an old Cathar bastion that was destroyed by Simon de Montfort in 1210.
Narbonne has links back to Roman times where it was a large city and port. Les Halles in Narbonne is a large covered market open Monday to Saturday and a great place to buy and sample local produce while soaking up the buzzing atmosphere. The city stands on the Robine Canal which joins the Canal du Midi.
Canal du Midi
The work of Pierre-Paul Riquet and excavated in the XVIIth century to link the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea. The Canal du Midi was formerly used for transporting goods and people. Today it frequented by numerous boaters, cyclists and walkers. We are located 1.8km from the canal, see map for route
Mediterranean Beaches and Ports
The beaches and Ports of the Mediterranean can be reached within an hours drive. Narbonne and Gruissan beaches being the nearest, with ports of Marseillan and Sete offering great sea food restaurants fresh of the tralwers which dock right in the town centre.
Olonzac Market and lac de jourras
Olonzac market is one of the largest in the region offering a array of different stalls and is held right outside our front door. The market creates a hive of activity winding its way through the streets of the village. Just a short walk or cycle away is the Lac de Jourras where you can swim, sail, canoe or fish. They have a restaurant/cafe on the water’s edge.