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Bouilhonnac, Aude, Languedoc-Roussillon

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Welcome to Bouilhonnac, a charming village nestled in the heart of the Aude department in the Languedoc-Roussillon region. This peaceful haven is surrounded by rolling landscapes, picturesque vineyards, and lush forests, offering an ideal setting for nature lovers and tranquility seekers. Bouilhonnac boasts a rich historical heritage, with its Romanesque Saint-Saturnin church and centuries-old sto...See more

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GR 78 Camin Romieu  from Azille to Carcassonne
7.5 km

GR 78 Camin Romieu from Azille to Carcassonne

Throughout medieval Occitania, the romieu, or romiu (sometimes francised as "roumieu"), is the pilgrim: both the one who goes to Rome and the one who takes the same paths but heads west, walking towards Santiago de Compostela. Between Azille and Carcassonne, a rare occurrence, the trace of these pilgrimages has been inscribed in the toponymy: an old path still bears the name of camin romieu. Towns crossed : Carcassonne, Villemoustaussou, Villalier, Villedubert, Bouilhonnac, Malves-en-Minervois, Laure-Minervois, Aigues-Vives, Saint-Frichoux, Peyriac-Minervois, Rieux-Minervois, Azille, Pépieux Signs : Red and white Itinéraire : * WARNING: This is a global description of the part from Azille to Carcassonne. For more details on this trail, the purchase of the IGN map or the guidebook is recommended. Passing by the lake of Jouarres and the village of Azille, reach Rieux Minervois and discover its heptagonal church and its sculptures by the Master of Cabestany as well as the statue of St Jacques, on the way to Compostela (pilgrim accommodation). From Azille to Peyriac-Minervois, the path follows the old railway line from Moux to Caunes-Minervois, which is now a shaded greenway. Once in Peyriac-Minervois, it bends southwards to reach Saint-Frichoux, a village on a small hill overlooking the depression of the Marseillette's swampland. From there, the path heads west again, towards Malves-en-Minervois (pilgrim accommodation) to Carcassonne along the canal du Midi  (shared route with the GR36.) You can then carry on the chemin de St Jacques de Compostelle (Way of St. James) to Fanjeaux, Mirepoix etc...

48 h
42 km
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Route from the Pyrenean Piedmont to Santiago de Compostela Carcassonne to Fanjeaux - GR 78
7.5 km

Route from the Pyrenean Piedmont to Santiago de Compostela Carcassonne to Fanjeaux - GR 78

In the Middle Ages, the journey along the Camino de Santiago was an important spiritual epic.Pilgrims took a route that led them through Carcassonne, the Camin romieu to Compostela. Signs : Red and white* WARNING: Global description of the itinerary. For more details on this trail, the purchase of the IGN map or the guidebook is recommended.Start of the hike at the Notre Dame de la Santé chapel at the beginning of the Pont Vieux which crosses the Aude, at the foot of the city of Carcassonne. This small chapel was adjacent to the Saint Jacques hospital, which has now disappeared. Leave Carcassonne along the river.You will pass through the hamlets of Maquens and Villalbe to the Taure lake in the middle of a pine forest. Then you reach the villages of Lavalette... join Alairac by the vineyars , a beautiful example of circular village ... then Arzens (Jacquaire stop: communal lodging), an old fortified village.You will enjoy the evening stopover in Montréal d'Aude (Jacquaire stopover: communal lodging), a village perched on a hill from which a magnificent 14th century collegiate church dominates.12.9 km further on is the charming village of Fanjeaux, also on a hilltop, a powerful castrum from the Cathar period. In Fanjeaux you can also follow in the footsteps of Saint Dominic, founder of the Dominican order.From Fanjeaux the GR78 merges with the GR7. The stage between Fanjeaux and Mirepoix (25,9 km) will offer you as many beautiful surprises.

48 h
41 km
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Around Miramont
7.7 km

Around Miramont

From the top of this headland, the view embraces a magnificent landscape formed by the Aude valley, the reliefs of the Minervois up to the borders of the Montagne Noire. Signs: Yellow markings topped by a circle of the same colour From the “Place du 14 Juillet” square take the rue de la Mairie, pass under the railway line and take the Côte à Cailloux (steep pebble path), a medieval track. Place de l'Eglise, take the rue du Carrayrat then turn left on rue de la Faichette. Turn right on rue de Miramont and follow the chemin de la Tuilerie to leave the village. Pass under the highway and turn right for about 200m/656ft. Turn left, then right, on a slightly steep path lined with low walls. Follow the Chemin du four à Chaux up to the parking lot of the plant nursery. Cross the D8008 and follow the path to the plant nursery for 200m/656ft. Turn right onto the Pas de Roland path, then a few dozen meters further on, this will take you to a viewpoint overlooking the Aude valley, the Minervois relief as far as the edge of the Montagne Noire. Carry on along  the path up to the "departmental" road. At this point, turn left for about 600m/1970ft. At the track intersection, turn left and go down the path on 200m/656ft. You are on the site of the remains of the Miramont castle. Then carry on going down by the same route towards the plant nursery, turn right to reach the village by taking the departmental road D8008 through the farmstead "metairie" towards the village.

3 h
7.7 km
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On the plateau de la Bade
8 km

On the plateau de la Bade

The omnipresent scrubland reminds of the pastoral activity or abandoned vineyards. One can easily imagine a few goats, passing by on calades (slopes), greeting grape-pickers while feasting on a few branches. Signs: Yellow markings Leaving from the cemetery in rue des Pyrénées. Go up towards the plateau by a rather steep path and pass in front of the water tower. Turn right onto the “chemin des hauts du Thou” and continue until you reach a grassy path. Follow it until you reach a crossroads: turn left and then immediately right. As you walk along the Bade Plateau, the dry-stone walls that once marked out the cultivated plots of land are still visible. On a clear day, the panorama of Carcassonne and its city is revealed with the Corbières and the Pyrenees in the background. After going down the slope, take the track to the right in order to join the asphalt road linking Pennautier to Villegailhenc. Once there, notice in front of you a grey cylindrical marker indicating the passage of the “Méridienne Verte”: a project aiming to materialize the line of the meridian of Paris in France by trees. Turn right for about 250m and then right again on a slightly uphill path. Follow the yellow marks up on the plateau, you will pass in front of a small well protected by a few stakes. A little further on, you will see the panorama of the Montagne Noire and its highest point marked by the Pic de Nore (red and white antenna). The village of Villegailhenc is at your feet. At the crossroads, take the left path which is paved with large pebbles and goes down to the outskirts of the village via “rue du Thou”. Turn right on rue de la Bade and turn right one last time on rue des Pyrénées to get back to the starting point of the loop.

2 h
5 km
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On the tracks of its castle
8.6 km

On the tracks of its castle

Nice loop with passages in the vineyards and in the undergrowth. Signs: Yellow Markings with a rectangle on top Start from the “Avenue du Stade” at the level of the tennis courts and the equestrian centre. Go towards the “Jean Manzanarès” stadium and take the downhill path opposite. At the bottom on the right, cross the two sports fields along the houses and, at the end, go out by the “chemin de Lardern”. At the crossroads, turn left then first right “rue des Troubadours” towards the old village. Continue straight ahead and cross the “Avenue Antoine Bardou”. Take opposite "Place du Château", leaving the church and the castle on your right. Then go down on the left “rue des Ecureuils” and at the bottom on the right along the “Fount Guilhen” stream and its gardens. At the corner of the fence, go up the track to the tarred road. At the tarred road turn left and walk along the houses. At the crossroads turn right and then immediately left “rue du Chenançon” and continue straight ahead. At the cemetery turn right towards the “Domaine d'Audène”. Continue on the track for 1.3 km towards the ridge, pass under the high-voltage lines.   At the top of the hill, turn left onto an earth track and pass between a power pole and a small stone hut. Go around the vineyard on the left to reach the undergrowth, which is very enjoyable in summer. You will then have a beautiful view of the village and its vineyard. As you progress along the edge of the woods, you will be able to enjoy, in good weather, a new viewpoint opening onto the plain with the Cité de Carcassonne, the Montagne Noire and the Pic de Nore. At the exit of the wood, take the track going down towards the road, at the level of the road turn left. You enter the village of Palaja. At the exit of the first bend, on the right at the first tree, enter the field and go along the edge. Then enter the woods, go along a meadow and continue your progress by going down a path. Observe a "marble column" on your right in the half-light. At the exit of the wood, leave the stone porch on your right and continue straight ahead on the road winding between the vines. After the bridge and at the top of the hill, just before the first crossroads, turn left through the vineyard but on the right side of the ditch towards the "Estagnère" estate. Going along the plot for about 600m, you will find on your right hand side a wide path in the middle of the vines. Follow it until you reach a grove of trees and turn left. About 120m further on, again on your right hand side, follow a small path going down through the vegetation. At the end of the bend, turn left on the steep hillside to reach the small bridge. Go up along the campsite. Arriving at the road, you can admire in front of you the "Priory of Saint Foulc". Return by the left to the village of Cazilhac while passing in front of the calvary.

3 h
7.2 km
Very easy
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Aribaud’s Walls - Les capitelles
8.7 km

Aribaud’s Walls - Les capitelles

In Conques-sur-Orbiel about thirty volunteers meet for half a day a week to restore these capitelles (dry stone hutS) which served as shelters for the winegrowers during the bad weather. Signs: Blue markings Departure to the right of the big sign going up the track for about 200m. Take on the right a path (small trail) following the blue arrows. Gradually go into the "Occitan garriga" scrubland to discover different “capitelles”. Arrival on a track, on the right for 50m then on the left where four visual supports will inform you about the Essences of the area, the Garrigue, the Alaric mountain and the Pyrenees. Resume the progression behind you by following the markings, you will pass in front of the capitelle des Jumelles. Then two capitelles further on, you will leave on your right the departure of the Cagarot (path N°4, 2km, with beautiful panoramas) and by taking on the left you will arrive at "l'embarrade", this place was restored and fitted out in picnic area by a local association of protection of the capitelles. The path continues on the right up to a track, turn left, slightly uphill for about 250m. On your right, you can see another construction, "l'assietadou" dry stone shelter for sitting. Then the signposts will take you to the left, the progression will take place in a rather dense garrigue, very pleasant and you will end up on a new track. Turn right for 50m and then turn left (do not go over the power line). You will fall back on the track of the departure, take on the left in light descent for the return. You are facing south towards the Pyrenees: admire the panorama... Return to the parking lot.

1 h
2.2 km
Very easy
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The wall walk - Le Chemin de ronde
11 km

The wall walk - Le Chemin de ronde

The vineyard was settled in Languedoc by the Romans. For centuries, it rubbed shoulders with the olive tree plantation and was under the strong domination of cereals. Only a few ruins of windmills remain from the cereal-farming era, on the promontories near the villages. This loop allows you to observe the “couloir Audois” (Aude Corridor) criss-crossed by communication routes, the settlement of the villages and to recall the evolution of southern agriculture. Signs: Yellow markings topped by a square of the same colour The departure is in the heart of the village of Capendu, “place de la Mairie”, in front of the sign.  Pass in front of the post office and take the direction of Montlaur-Val de Dagne. Be careful when passing through the level crossing ! Continue under the highway bridge. First right-angle turn to the left, take the path going outwards below. It winds through the vineyards to the D 57. Turn right again, continue for about 600m/1970ft, just after a safety rail on the right-hand side of the road, inside the bend, take the uphill path. Small slope, in the shade of holm oaks and white oaks, very pleasant in hot weather. Turn right and as you progress, take the time to observe the "couloir audois" (Aude corridor) criss-crossed by communication routes, the villages and in the background the Montagne Noire (Black Mountain). Through the scree, the descent begins and then take the path that leads through the pines. Once at the bottom, cross the vineyard and turn right onto the path, first paved then tarred, which leads to the hamlet of "Font de Roque".

3 h
8.4 km
Very easy
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Via Ferrata in Mazamet
27 km

Via Ferrata in Mazamet

Looking for big thrills? Desire to surpass yourself? The via ferrata of Mazamet is for you! In the the Arnette gorges, in Mazame, via ferrata and giant zip line, under the footbridge. Acrobats and adventurers will enjoy this safe activity which completes, since 2022 the current tourist offer. This land is located in a protected natural site carried by an outstanding historic heritage (Cormouls-Houlès remarkabe gardens, St-Sauveur ruins, classified archeological site), and a rich and diverse wildlife. Nearby, after crossing the Mazamet's Hymalayan footbridge at 70 meters high over the Arnette river, you will find the medieval village of Hautpoul and its gardens, as well as, on the GR7, the House of Wood and Toy, its arboretum and its orchard. A nice wander along the 'Art Net' to picnic in th the shadows of chestnut trees. - Via Ferrata with ziplines : . Access: 20 mn . Drop : 90 m . Length: 880 ml . Difficulty: AD à D+ . Duration: 2 h 30 . Way back: 20 mn - Via Ferrata without zipline . Access: 30 mn . Drop: 110 m . Length: 370 ml . Difficulty: AD à D+ . Duration: 1 h 30 . Way back: 20 mn - Via Ferrata (upper part of Hautpoul) . Access: 20 mn . Drop: 60 m . Length: 130 ml . Difficulty: PD . Duration: 45 mn . Way back: 25 mn Minimum gear required: . Helmet . Harness . Closed shoes . Rest Karabiner & short lanyard . 2 wide aperture autoblock gate karabiners . Karabiner aerolink specifically for continuous safe line . Lanyard aeroline Ferrata . Double lanyard with shock absorber . Gloves General recommendations: Access to the Via Ferrata of Mazamet is prohibited: - to children measuring less than 1,35m and minors who are not accompanied by un experienced adult ; - outside opening hours and over night ; - in adverse weather conditions and especially when the route is slipppery and affected by snow, ice and stormy conditions. You agree to undertake this activity at your own risk. If you have little or no experience in this type of activity, please contact the services of a guide. Equipment rental: Mazamet Tourist Office Online booking: https://www.tourisme-castresmazamet.com/billetterie Rates: 18€/pers. Groups more than 5 persons: 16,50€/pers. Groups more than 10 persons : 15€/pers. Deposit: 400€ (on the day of the rental, chèque ou Crédit card) For beginners or persons needing a guide, you can contact: - Aude Escapades - Laurence Combes 06 03 50 00 85 - Axecime - Yannick Saulnier 06 08 42 27 13

95 rue de la Resse 81200 Mazamet
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Grand' Hortensia
58 km

Grand' Hortensia

Fully renovated and furnished holiday home for 14 people, just outside the village, 1 minute from the leisure centre. Situated at an altitude of 620 metres, in the Hautes Terres d'Oc, your holiday at Saint-Pierre de Trivisy in the Haut-Languedoc Regional Nature Park. You'll love the friendly locals, the leisure centre ideal for children (and adults too!), the first-class rivers for fishing, forest walks, hiking trails... In the village, you'll find all the shops you need for your holidays, a wellness and spa centre open all year round, a leisure centre with a water park, water slides, Aventure Parc (tree climbing) and lots of entertainment in summer... Fully renovated and furnished holiday home sleeping 14. For families or groups of friends, it is located at the entrance to the village, on the road to Lacaune, just a minute's walk from the leisure complex. Enclosed garden, terrace Ground floor: - large living room opening onto a single-storey terrace at the rear, equipped with a wood-burning stove, - fully-equipped kitchen (traditional oven, microwave, combined fridge-freezer, extractor hood, dishwasher... ) with comfortable dining area, - laundry room opening onto outside terrace with washing machine, ironing board and iron - wc 1st floor: - 3 bedrooms, each with double bed (140x190), - large bathroom with bath and shower, hairdryer - wc 2nd floor: - 2 bedrooms, each with double bed, - bedroom with 2 single beds (90x190) and 2 bunk beds (90x190), - 2 toilet cubicles with shower, - wc A small games house with a multi-games table (table football, billiards, table tennis and table hockey), board games and toys for the children. External electric car charging point. Le Grand Hortensia can be rented in a smaller format (ground floor and 1st floor only), a gîte for 6 people, Le Petit Hortensia (reference G1746 on Gîtes de France).

37 avenue de Lacaune 81330 Saint-Pierre-de-Trivisy
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L'Échauguette
80 km

L'Échauguette

Benefiting from an exceptional location, as if suspended above the valley, the restaurant l'Échauguette plays the authenticity card! This local restaurant offers market cuisine, based on fresh, home-made products. On order, come and celebrate all your events: christening, birthday, seminar, wedding... a made-to-measure menu awaits you. The most important thing is the satisfaction of the customers, let us note their comments on the specialized sites: "Very beautiful situation! Quality food with seasonal products", "This type of restaurant reconciles you with the profession. A very nice place, a magnificent view of the Agout valley, the Pyrenees in the distance and Toulouse on the horizon. The menu is simple, as we like it, that is to say, it is renewed often, so it is synonymous with freshness and local cuisine...", or again "Copious and succulent dishes, nice and good quantity of vegetables and the chef is very, very nice! Ideal for families and friends". Permanent exhibition of local artists, musical (every 2nd and 4th Friday of the month) and cultural events, to open up your taste buds, eyes and ears... Jazz evenings on the 1st and 3rd Friday of each month from 7.30pm (dinner + concert: 22€) "Gourmet Bag" partner: your restaurant offers to take away what is not finished in your plate by providing you with a food box. Adopting the "Gourmet Bag" avoids waste and enhances the value of the food prepared by your restaurant owner!

2 place de la mairie 81500 Giroussens
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