THINGS TO DO

CYCLING THE CANAL DU MIDI

Whether you want to hire a bike for half a day to cycle along the iconic Canal du Midi or you want to keep up with your road training or you want to hire a bike for the duration of your stay and everything in between Mellow Vélos can help.  We have everything you need to enjoy your French cycling adventure.  Booking is advisable. Mellow Velos

Mellow Velos Cycle Hire

If you are a serious road cyclist the we can arrange for you to go out with a semi-professional or to experience a club ride. If you do not want to bring your bike with you we a range of road bikes for hire. We also have a limited number of female specific road bikes (Live Langmas). Mellow Velos

Taste du Languedoc Wine Tours offers wine tours, gourmet food tours, cultural tours, historical tours, and custom tour packages in the Languedoc region of southern France. We bring over 20 years of experience in the Languedoc wine region - as well as a rich knowledge of its interesting history, culture, and wine industry practices. You can even have Apperos delivered to the villa and enjoy a wine tasting in the comfort of your own villa.   Taste Du Languedoc 

BEAUTY BY LISA

If you did not have time to have your normal holiday treatments, or you just want to pamper your self why not book Lisa to come to the villa.  There is absolutely nothing more luxurious than a spa treatment by the pool. Beauty by Lisa 

WINE TASTING 

Many of the domains in the area will provide wine tasting but by far our favourite is Chateau Paraza which dates back tot he 18th Century and is where Pierre-Paul Riquet stayed whilst design and building the canal in this area.  Tasting takes place in the amazing cave and there are three tasting packages to choose from.  Chateau Paraza

 

 

Canal du Midi

The Canal Du Midi is a  UNESCO World Heritage Site, and extends from Toulouse to Sète or Mer du Mer.  The canal path is only 0.5 kilometres from the villa and you can explore on foot or by bike.  From Argens you can turn left and walk to 7 kms to Olonzac passing a couple of Ecluses (locks) or turn right and walk towards Narbonne.  Once again you pass a couple of locks where you can stop and watch the boats go through.  Take advantage of the coffees stops in either direction and watch the boats motor by.   

Explore some of the villages off the canal such as Paraza where you will find Show Room 16 a wonderful emporium of vintage clothing and accessories or Le Clap a beautiful art gallery on the Canal side.

 

Carcassonne 

Set high up on a hill, Carcassonne’s ancient walled city is Disneyworld-perfect. This fairytale collection of drawbridges, towers and atmospheric cobbled streets was reputedly the inspiration for Walt Disney’s The Sleeping Beauty, and it’s a must-see on any trip through this part of southern France. Its medieval core, the Cité, was added to the UNESCO World Heritage list in 1997.

In the shadow of its smaller but more famous sibling, the ‘La Cité’ citadel, Carcassonne’s (lower) town dates back to the Middle Ages. Known as the ‘Bastide Saint Louis’, it features typically French bars, shops, cafés and restaurants, as well as all the standard services and amenities you’d expect, and as such it’s the perfect antidote to the tourist attraction that towers above it. Sample the town’s charms by simply strolling through its streets. Drink in the atmosphere and enjoy the authentically gallic experience; this part of Carcassonne is home to a handful of charming boutiques, several great places to eat and a couple of unusually stylish overnight options.

Minerve

In Languedoc, between the Montagne Noire and the Canal du Midi, the Cathar city of Minerve offers an imposing entrance to the Haut-Languedoc Regional Natural Park, and is listed as one of the 'most beautiful villages of France'.

The village of Minerve, perched on a rocky headland and surrounded by vineyards boasting the Minervois AOC label. In the Middle Ages, this powerful city was a refuge for the Cathar heretics. The natural bridges carved out by the Cesse and Brian rivers make this a trulyremarkable site.

Minerve is one of the most remarkable sites in Languedoc. A long geological history and the relentless work of the water as it carved out the limestone of the 'causse' (plateau), led to the formation of narrow canyons. The Brian and Cesse rivers, with their changeable flow, are what built this rocky fortress, and, even more surprising, the rivers created natural bridges, as they tunnelled through the rock. You can even walk through them during the dry season.

In Languedoc, between the Montagne Noire and the Canal du Midi, the Cathar city of Minerve offers an imposing entrance to the Haut-Languedoc Regional Natural Park, and is listed as one of the 'most beautiful villages of France'.

The village of Minerve, perched on a rocky headland and surrounded by vineyards boasting the Minervois AOC label. In the Middle Ages, this powerful city was a refuge for the Cathar heretics. The natural bridges carved out by La Cesse and Le Briant rivers make this a truly remarkable site.

Minerve is one of the most remarkable sites in Languedoc. A long geological history and the relentless work of the water as it carved out the limestone of the 'causse' (plateau), led to the formation of narrow canyons. The Brian and Cesse rivers, with their changeable flow, are what built this rocky fortress, and, even more surprising, the rivers created natural bridges, as they tunnelled through the rock. You can even walk through them during the dry season.  Minerve is a great day out on a bike - leave the villa around 9:30 to 10am and you will arrive in Minerve in time for lunch.  

BEACHES

THE BEACHES

For water lovers there are so many beaches and water activities to choose from. In addition to the many beaches on the Mediterranean sea such as Gruissan famous for its silt houses; Cape d'Agde for naturists, Lucate for windsurfing there are  also Etangs for windsurfing, sailing and kitesurfing.

A short cycle ride away there is lake swimming at Lac Jouarre with its inflatable  obstacle course or river swimming in Bize Minervois.  

For those who prefer the Espace de Libertie in Narbonne offers a whole water park of fun with indoor and outdoor pools waterslides, ice skating and 10 pin bowling

MARKETS

Olonzac is a bustling small town/large village about 5 km from Argens. Every Tuesday morning until 12:30 there is a market selling everything from fresh spices to table clothes and meat and vegetables.  The produce market is behind the main street and many local producers and small holders travel here to sell.  You can while a way a pleasant morning in the market followed by a coffee at any of the cafes in the tree lined main boulevard. 

Lezignan market is the regional market is held every Wednesday until12:30 and is a truly French affair with locals from all around travelling in to sell and buy and just to meet up with their friends.  This is a colourful experience and should not be missed, but for the best quality, get up early.

 

Narbonne market is held on a Sunday morning but Les Halles the indoor market is open every morning.  It is a wonderful place to while away a few hours ending with a coffee and croissant or a glass of wine and some seafood.

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