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Your accommodation is at the Razès Gîtes which is based in a small rural village and, as such, there is no commerce here - just blissful peace. Amenities are however close by (7kms). Read on to learn what else the local area has to offer during your stay here.


If there's something you fancy and it's not on our list, simply let us know and we'll be sure to get you the low-down.

Le Canal du Midi


There are some great restaurants in the neighbouring towns of Mirepoix, Limoux and Carcassonne offering a complete range from 5-star gastronomic experiences to honest and hearty food offered by family-run restaurants.

Whether you're looking for outdoor dining, in town or up a mountain, there's plenty to choose from within a 25 km radius. We are happy to make recommendations and reservations should you need them.

A woman drinks wine and eats delicious food


French markets are alive and thriving. Monday morning attracts traders and bargain hunters from miles around to one of the most popular markets in the beautiful medieval town of Mirepoix. Each of the neighbouring towns hosts its own market on different weekdays and Carcassonne hosts a market three times a week. Esperaza claims to have the oldest market in France taking place each Sunday. For those who like to sample the local produce, there's plenty of opportunity.

From Easter through to the end of September, there are many Vide Greniers (car boot sales) taking place in the local villages. They also provide food and drink and make a real day of it for all who visit.

Mirepoix Market with vendors


The Malepère & Cabardès regions are home to a huge number of wine producers offering more than 350 amazing reds, whites, rosés, blanquettes and crémants (the original and oldest champagne in France). Needless to say, the majority are tremendous value for money. 

For those wishing to indulge, we can arrange one or more wine-tasting tours to different wine domaines.


In July and August, many of the Cabardès and Malepère wine producers host lively wine-tasting events offering food, music and games for all the family at their own domaines on Wednesday and Thursday evenings. A beautiful way to sample the local wine and culture!

Pouring red wine with grapes and cheese

Cathare Castles

Today much of the Languedoc is still called Cathare country. Many of the castles remain, some withstanding the elements for over 800 years amazingly well, while others are closer to ruin.

While the most popular are undoubtedly Carcassonne, Montségur, Quéribus, Rennes-le-Château & Peyrepertuse, you could easily spend two weeks visiting a different one each day.

Walking the Cathare trails in and around these 12th Century castles is both awe-inspiring and culturally-enriching, richly steeped in the plight of the Cathares as they are. A typical Day Trip on a Cathare walk can take you on winding trails ranging from 2 - 10 km, often culminating in the ascent into the castle itself. Both guided and self-guided options are available.

Queribus castle on a rocky outcropping
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