Languedoc region

Feb 5th, 2006, 04:16 AM
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Languedoc region

Does anyone have suggestions for great things to do in Languedoc region? We are staying one week in Olonzac, about 30 minutes from Carcassonne. Also, is Spain "do-able" for a day trip?

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Spain is certainly a possibility from Olonzac - but you'll find plenty enough to keep you busy for a week without going that far.

We've spent a couple of months vacationing in the Languedoc/Roussillon region in the last few years. I developed a 30+ page itinerary the describes our favorite villages, scenic drives, markets, sites, restaurants, etc. E-mail me at [email protected] if you want a copy.

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Here is an itinerary I put together for some friends staying in that area next June. It's pretty full and reflects their major interest - Cathar and Da Vinci code sites - but you might get some good ideas from it.

Weds – Flight to Toulouse. Pick up cars, drive to Limoux for a late lunch, see Catharama, Notre-Dame de Marceille and visit winery (Blanquette de Limoux). On to Couiza. Dinner and night at Chateau des Ducs de Joyeuse:

Thu - Visit Rennes-le-Chateau, Cathar castles of Queribus and Peyrepertuse. Back to Chateau for dinner and night.

Fri – Morning visit of Montségur. Afternoon to la Grotte de Niaux. To La Bastide de Serou for dinner and night at the Chateau Rhodes.

Sat - Morning visit to underground river of Labouiche and Foix. Afternoon in Mirepoix. Dinner and night at the Chateau.

Sun – Drive to Minerve, Les Aliberts (gite they are renting for 6 nights, very near Olonzac). Relax, unpack. Afternoon:
Visit to Minerve. Dinner at Les Aliberts.

Mon - Boat ride on the Canal du Midi from Homps, lunch and afternoon in Carcassonne. Dinner in Carcassonne at one of the restaurants of the Hotel de la Cité.

Tues – Morning market at Beziers, then on to Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer and the Camargue. On the way home stop at Villeneuve-lès-Maguelone to see cathedral. Dinner at Les Aliberts.

Wed, June 28 – Drive down coast to Collioure. Dinner at “Le Moulin de Trebes” near Carcassonne.

Thu – Day trip to Albi, stopping at Mazamet to see Cathar museum. Dinner at Les Aliberts.

Fri – Rest and/or catch-up day. If time and energy permit, you could visit Narbonne, Fontfroide Abbey. Dinner at Chateau Saint Martin near Carcassonne.

Sat – Return to Toulouse for flight back to Paris.

I think a day-trip to Spain would be pushing it.
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Feb 5th, 2006, 09:50 AM
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>>I think a day-trip to Spain would be pushing it.<<

Actually, Girona is about the same time from Olonzac as is Stes Maries, assuming there is not a big delay at the border.

Also, I would not recommend driving down to Collioure - I would go to Colloiure and driving south a bit from there. The coast from Perpignan to Collioure didn't do anything for me - a little too "built up" for my tastes.

Don't miss the Cathars stuff.

Also, Forte de Salses just north of Montpellier is interesting if you like Vauban type forts.

Stu Dudley

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Feb 5th, 2006, 11:28 AM
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I should probably have put that another way. You could, of course, get into Spain and return on the same day. I just don't think you would have enough time there to make the trip worthwhile. (I would certainly bow to the greater experience of Stu, however.)

The day-trip to Stes-Maries is for a particular purpose: to see the statue of Sarah in the church and to take a ride through La Camargue; probably won't take more than a couple of hours. Personally, I wouldn't do it but this group really wanted to see these two things.
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Feb 6th, 2006, 03:44 AM
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just out of interest .....

I do a regular trip with visitors :

home (near Nimes)
Perpignan (by autoroute)
Coast Rd to Spain
Port Legat (Dali house)
Empuria Brava remains (optional)
Roses (Lunch)
Figueres (Dali museum & shopping)
home (by autoroute)

It is a full day, but manageable.

BTW : I have a photo of sarah here :


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