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The area around Domaine La Castagne has something for everyone! Whether you are interested in Cathar history and sightseeing, or prefer more sporting pursuits, there is plenty on offer.Montmaur [click to enlarge]
Local markets [click to enlarge]If you like to take things easy, visit the local markets and sample the delicious regional food, or take a trip round a vineyard followed by some wine tasting!
Walking: there are several circular walks which start from Domaine La Castagne or from neighbouring villages - from 2kms up to 25kms! There are also more strenuous "Grande Randonnée" routes nearby, such as the GR7 and the GR653.Explore on foot [click to enlarge]
Walk or cycle [click to enlarge]Cycling: all types of terrain are accessible locally, from the challenge of the Montagne Noire, to the gentle towpaths along the Canal-du-Midi.
Water sports: there are two lakes within 20 minutes of Domaine La Castagne. Lac-de-St-Ferréol is set in 80 hectares of parkland near the Montagne Noire and has supervised swimming, sailing and pedalos in the summer months. Lac-de-la-Ganguise offers windsurfing, sailing, swimming and canoeing.Swim at Lac-de-St-Ferréol [click to enlarge]
Boating on the Canal-du-Midi [click to enlarge]Boating: take a half-day or a full-day trip along the Canal-du-Midi, which is a UNESCO world heritage site.
Golf: Toulouse, Carcassonne, Mazamet and Figeac all have 18-hole golf courses. Caves: visit the "Grotte de Limousis" and the "Gouffre Géant de Cabrespine" in the Montagne Noire or the underground Labouiche river at Foix.Blue skies & sunflowers [click to enlarge]
Mirepoix [click to enlarge]Cathar Trail: follow the historic Cathar Trail which takes you to Mirepoix, Foix, Fanjeaux, Limoux, Montségur and the medieval cité of Carcassonne, which is also a UNESCO world heritage site.
Markets: explore the numerous local markets where you’ll be able to sample a range of fresh produce and delicious gastronomic specialities, including our regional delicacy - "cassoulet"!Delicious fresh produce [click to enlarge]
Tasty cheese & wine [click to enlarge]Wine tasting: try the well-known Languedoc-Roussillon wines, such as Corbières, Minervois, Fitou, Cabardès and Blanquette de Limoux. Most vineyards and local "caves" offer wine tastings all year round. Gastronomy: restaurants to suit all tastes - several with Michelin stars - can be found within 10 minutes of Domaine La Castagne.
Children: there are numerous activities and adventure parks which children will enjoy in this area. These are just a few of the many on offer that we think are definitely worth a visit...The surrounding countryside [click to enlarge]
  • O2 Adventure: treetop rope climbing activities near Carcassonne,
    plus water activities in nearby Lac de la Cavayère
  • Parc Australien: a kangaroo reserve in Carcassonne
  • Airbus in Toulouse: for aeroplane enthusiasts
  • Cité d’Espace in Toulouse: for lovers of space travel
  • Dinosauria: a dinosaur museum in Espéraza
  • Paper mill: in the Montagne Noire
  • Animal parks: see goats, lamas, deer... there are numerous parks
    for younger children in the local area
  • Aquajet & Aqualand: water parks close to Narbonne
  • Sigean Nature Reserve: 3,800 animals in 300 hectares near Narbonne (open all year)
The Pool [click to enlarge]And for those who prefer to spend their holiday doing as little as possible, simply lie by the pool, relax and unwind!
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