THINGS TO SEE & DO IN LANGUEDOC
When it came to wine, the Languedoc-Roussillon region was better known for quantity rather than quality. The tide has now turned and there are hundreds of vineyards, domaines, chateaux and small producers making a wide range of high quality wines.
The Cathar heresy that struck Languedoc in the 13th century remains a pool of interest and intrigue. The many castles that remain, including La Cité in Carcassonne, Lastours, Peyrepertuse and Queribus are a reminder of this turbulent time and all within easy driving distance.
The Languedoc offers mile upon mile of mostly unbroken stretches of sand ensuring that you never feel the crush even on the busiest summer weekends. This coast is renowned for it's vast array of fresh seafood which can be enjoyed at the many coastal restaurants together with a glass of Picpoul de Pinet- a perfect match!
Canal du Midi
Just 2 kilometres from Olonzac is the UNESCO listed Canal du Midi. The majestic plane trees create a magnificent canopy as it makes its way from the Atlantic to the Mediterranean. From here you can take a relaxing 2 hour boat trip...
In Narbonne you can visit the famous indoor market, the imposing St-Just Cathedral, the Archbishop's Palace & even see a slice of the Via Domitia; Sête is the end port of the Canal du Midi noted for it's local seafood; Elegant Toulouse is known as the Pink City or Paris of the South and a wonderful city to visit.
Lac de Jouarres
At Lac de Jouarres, only a 5 minute drive away, you can fish, swim, kayak, windsurf or simply relax with a coffee at the lakeside restaurant.
Or why not take a picnic and just enjoy the sunshine?
Olonzac holds the largest village market in the Minervois every Tuesday morning. There are plenty of stalls to sample the fantastic variety of local produce - wine, cheese, meats, honey, olives and olive oil - and everything else you would expect to find at a great market!
Plus Beaux Villages
Minerve is arguably the most well known village in the Minervois (15 minutes away) sitting high above the confluence of two large river gorges. It is primarily known as being the site of one of the first Cathar strongholds held siege by the Crusaders. Lagrasse is another plus beau village noted for its famous abbey & medieval bridges.
Our area is blessed with beautiful landscapes that can be explored from many viewpoints. For those that love hiking and walking there are hundreds of well marked routes or you may prefer a leisurely cycle along the Canal du Midi. You can also swim and kayak at the lakes and many rivers. Click for cycle hire...