Wild swimming

As well as heading to the coast, there are a number of lakes near us with beaches and watersports activities available.  Our favourites being the Gorges de Verdoubles, Lac Montbel, the Lac de Cavayere (pictured) just 5 minutes drive from Carcassonne city.    There is also a very popular man-made swimming lake with a separate fishing … Continue reading “Wild swimming”

Wine country

The Languedoc region is France’s largest exporter of wines and has an increasingly good reputation for superior wines as well as the much celebrated local sparkling BlanquetteWe are in the heart of wine country.Drive towards the coast and you pass through wine country all the way from ours to the sea.There are many cellars at Maury to stop at and when … Continue reading “Wine country”


The total silence is the thing you notice most when you first take to the skies to go gliding.   Here the backdrop is truly spectacular as you rise above the plateau over Puivert castle and lake, taking in sights such as Bugarach mountain over 40 kilometres away http://www.planeursdepuivert.net/Puivert/Accueil.html


The Aude is categorised as a 1st class river (famous for its  brown trout  depicted on the roundabout on the way into Quillan). Permits can be obtained at the tourist office and many spots don’t require one.  Other good spots include the lakes at Cavayère and Montbel, Laprade, Le Lampy, Cennes-Monestiers, Arques, Jouarres, Régembert, La Gangues and … Continue reading “Fishing”

Horse Riding

The horses of this region are beautiful creatures and there is ample opportunity for beginners and experts to go on riding trails through our dramatic landscape. Our nearest stables is only 4km away and they have a number of different horses catering for all abilities and the owner is French American so fluent in both French … Continue reading “Horse Riding”

White-water rafting

Our district, named after the river Aude, is famous for all sorts of water sports, none more thrilling than white-water rafting and canyoning. The nearest organisers to us offers also one of the most interesting and dramatic white-water rafting experience though the Gorge de Pierre Lys .  The staff are all very experienced, friendly and know that … Continue reading “White-water rafting”