Activity and Interests
Coast/Beaches/Swimming: Our village Labastide-en-Val is an hour from beaches near Narbonne and Gruissan and lovely little gems like Bages, Peyriac de Mer and La Franqui- Plage.
There are beautiful hidden swimming holes in the nearby stream which are all within walking distance of the house. Carcassonne has a lovely lake with supervised swimming areas and good facilities.
Places of interest: Carcassonne, Medieval Cité is 30 minutes/30kms. Lagrasse, 14 minutes/15kms is famed for its Abbey, Medieval houses and streets, book and pottery fairs over the summer months, and a lovely 12th century hump backed bridge. It's a good place to explore anytime of the year and has a number of good restaurants. Serviès en Val, only 4 minutes, 4.7 kilometres has a new gallery of modern and contemporary art, a small corner shop and the all important cash machine. Trèbes, 25 minutes, 26 kilometres is a small town on the Canal du Midi with picturesque bars and restaurants along the banks and also a Super U supermarket. Barcelona is just 3 hours away – 299kms.
Things to do in the area. Visit pretty villages, go wine-tasting in the many local vineyards, take a stroll or a bike ride along the Canal du Midi, wander round the sun-drenched historic towns of Carcassonne, with its medieval Cité, Narbonne and Béziers, or spend a day lazing on the endless miles of golden sandy beaches. Beautiful walks in an area that is so peaceful, no fear of hearing a motorway here!
There are so many activities to experience and interesting historical Cathar places to explore. The countryside of the Languedoc is incredibly diverse with breathtaking views from the mountains and dramatic waterfalls and then of course the beautiful Mediterranean vegetation of vines, olive trees and thin cypress trees.
There are hiking, cycling and horse riding possibilities nearby and canoeing not far away too.
The village of Labastide-en-Val is totally unspoilt; the bread van comes each morning, so fresh bread is available every day except Wednesdays and various grocery vans visit during the week. There is a monthly fête. In other villages in the area there are also fêtes and musical themed nights.