Activities

Of course you can stay all day long in the garden  and relax - probably this is the best idea. But those who want to have an eventful time can choose from endless activities:

Hiking - from an easy walk up to long-distance trails e.g. through the Pyrenees - all degrees of difficulty are represented. The mountains also offer possibilities for climbing (at exercise rocks, climbing walls and at steep cliffs) and for paragliding.

Riding courses and rides in the countryside are possible as well as bicycle tours – more comfortable in the foothills or demanding in the mountains, for these activities the region is very well suited.

Aude and Ariège offer optimum conditions for all  kinds of river and white-water sports, like canoe and kayak, rafting and white-water swimming.

By day tours and longer boat chartering you can discover the Canal du Midi.

You can have a bath in rivers and lakes, in swimming-pools, also in waterparks, in spas and in the Mediterranean Sea: even in the midsummer never overcrowded  beaches are easy to be reached within 1 h. Surfing, sailing and diving are offered at beaches and ports at the Mediterranean, Narbonne Plage is only about 1 h from us.

Winter sports: Cross country skiing (e.g., Plateaus de Sault, Plateau de Beilhe) and downhill skiing (Monts d'Olmes, Ax Bonascre, Font Romeu, Les Angles, Pas de la Casa ...) can be reached within 1 to 2 h.

Amusement parks and natural preserves are attractions for the whole family: Water parks with gigantic water slides, outdoor theme parks showing the wildlife of the African savanna (Sigean) or of Australia (Carcassonne), parks for native game or for birds of prey and sanctuaries for threatened biotopes and rare animals are dedicated to the conservation of the local flora and fauna (especially in Pyrenees and Montagne Noire).

Museums on the most different topics: from  dinosaurs (Esperaza), the prehistoric man (Tautavel), the cultures of Celts, Greeks and Romans (as in Narbonne) and the life in the Middle Ages (Carcassonne, Foix) up to printing and graphic arts  (Montolieu), school (Carcassonne) and wine (Lezignan), in order to mention only a small selection.

From March to July blossom a multiplicity of orchids in the region. Paticularly in the Corbières more than 80 central european and mediterranean kinds and subspecies are to be found.

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