Places to go and things to do

  • Discover the Cathar Castles of Aguilar, Quéribus, Peyrepertuse, Villerouge-termenés… la Cité médiévale de Carcassonne (given World Historical Monument status by UNESCO), the romanesque abbeys of Fontfroide and Lagrasse.
  • Visit the vineyards in a 4 x 4 vehicle, learn about growing vines and the art of wine making. See the wine harvest ‘Les Vendanges’. Have an adventure in a 4 x 4 following part of the route of the Paris/Dakar car race.
  • Visit the African Safari Park (Réserve Africaine) at Sigean where there are 3500 animals.
  • Take a tour on a mountain bike following the marked tracks around Cascastel.
  • Walk along the ‘Sentier Cathare’ (Cathar footpath) or along other tracks and footpaths around Cascastel.
  • Concerts and evenings of wine and music from November to March at the Domaine.
  • Visit a botanical garden and also see the beehives.
  • Good restaurants: ‘Le Clos de Cascastel’; ‘L’Auberge du Vieux Puits’ (three stars Michelin); ‘La table du Pêcheur’; ‘La Rotisserie Médiéval’; L’Amandier’, ‘La Fargo’, ‘Château de Lastours’, ‘Le Corbierou’, ‘L’Auberge du Vigneron’…
  • Play boule in the village square.
  • Horseriding 7 kms away; hang gliding on Mont Tauch; tennis 2 kms away.
  • Within 1hr.30 there are the ski slopes of Font-Romeu, Pyrénées 2000, Les Angles…

Water sports

  • The swimming pool and the jacuzzi at the Domaine.
  • A pool fed by a warm water spring where the temperature is always 21°, 7 kms away.
  • 25kms distant are the beaches displaying each year the “Pavillon bleu” sign of the quality of the water for swimming. The nearest beach is Leucate with its cliffs.
  • Wind surfing/speed sailing at the sailing centre of Pascal Maka (World speed champion).
  • Cruise in a catamaran with or without a skipper.
  • Skin diving/snorkelling.
  • A guided tour round the L’Ile Ste Lucie with a naturalist.
  • Take a trip on a canal barge along the Canal Robine from Narbonne to Port la Nouvelle.
  • The Canal du Midi – classed as a world historic monument by UNESCO).
  • Fishing.
  • Swimming in gorges, rafting, hydrospeed, canoeing.