Tourist Tips of Domaine du Moulin, Roquetaillade

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Tourist Tips of Domaine du Moulin, Roquetaillade

Sports

With its endless beaches is just over an hour away. Some of the beaches appear to have indeed no end. Our favourite is La Franqui with pine trees reaching almost to the sea, its lagoon and little beach houses. There are several beautiful lakes in our area where you can enjoy all sorts of watersports for example in Arques, lac Montbel, lac du Bugarach and lac de Cavayère in Carcassonne.
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Mediterranean Sea
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With its endless beaches is just over an hour away. Some of the beaches appear to have indeed no end. Our favourite is La Franqui with pine trees reaching almost to the sea, its lagoon and little beach houses. There are several beautiful lakes in our area where you can enjoy all sorts of watersports for example in Arques, lac Montbel, lac du Bugarach and lac de Cavayère in Carcassonne.
Situated close to the medieval town, the Carcassonne Golf Club (30km) well deserves its reputation as a course of international standard. Even the most experienced and demanding players will be seduced by the exceptional quality of it’s fairways and the speed of it’s greens. The course has been created using and respecting the manual rolling relief of the terrain, designed with elegance and balance, the magnificent panoramic views giving an extra pleasure and delight. Its 18 holes totalling 5800 meters, with a par of 71, are open all year round.
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Golf de Carcassonne
Route de Saint-Hilaire
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Situated close to the medieval town, the Carcassonne Golf Club (30km) well deserves its reputation as a course of international standard. Even the most experienced and demanding players will be seduced by the exceptional quality of it’s fairways and the speed of it’s greens. The course has been created using and respecting the manual rolling relief of the terrain, designed with elegance and balance, the magnificent panoramic views giving an extra pleasure and delight. Its 18 holes totalling 5800 meters, with a par of 71, are open all year round.
There are canoe and kayak rental places in Limoux and Alet-les-Bains. White water rafting can be undertaken between Axat and Quillan about 45 minutes away.
Kayak location Limoux
2 BIS Rue des Violettes
There are canoe and kayak rental places in Limoux and Alet-les-Bains. White water rafting can be undertaken between Axat and Quillan about 45 minutes away.
A stunning experience is canyoning in the Gorges de Galamus where one can swim in the stream, jump into natural pools and slide down small waterfalls. It is easy enough also for young children.
Canyoning Pyrénées Orientales
À Majas
A stunning experience is canyoning in the Gorges de Galamus where one can swim in the stream, jump into natural pools and slide down small waterfalls. It is easy enough also for young children.
There is a karting club near Carcassonne, open every day for everyone from 7 years old.
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Win'Kart
Route de Bram
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There is a karting club near Carcassonne, open every day for everyone from 7 years old.
In the Gouffre de Cabrespine, one of the world’s biggest caves open to the public, one can take part in a 5 hour underground safari.
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Gouffre Geant de Cabrespine
La Cresto
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In the Gouffre de Cabrespine, one of the world’s biggest caves open to the public, one can take part in a 5 hour underground safari.

Sightseeing

Refusing the Old Testament, the authority of the Pope and the Catholic church, Catharism was a dissident religion that stirred up south-western France until the mid-18th century. Siege warfare and battles of nerves took place in Toulouse and the Pyrénées. Most of the cathar castles occupy spectacular sites and are perched high on top of rocky mountains with breathtaking views. Peyrepertuse is the biggest and best preserved castle and Lastours the most stunning.
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Lastours
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Refusing the Old Testament, the authority of the Pope and the Catholic church, Catharism was a dissident religion that stirred up south-western France until the mid-18th century. Siege warfare and battles of nerves took place in Toulouse and the Pyrénées. Most of the cathar castles occupy spectacular sites and are perched high on top of rocky mountains with breathtaking views. Peyrepertuse is the biggest and best preserved castle and Lastours the most stunning.
Beziers is dominated by the Cathedral of St. Nazarius, built in the 13th century. To admire a breathtaking view of the whole of Béziers and the Orb river and plain, head to the Bishop's Palace Garden (Jardin de l'Évêché) downhill from the cathedral. Take a stroll in the city centre along its cobbled, narrow streets and visit Allées Paul-Riquet, a pleasant avenue lined with plane trees, shops and lively cafés.
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Béziers
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Beziers is dominated by the Cathedral of St. Nazarius, built in the 13th century. To admire a breathtaking view of the whole of Béziers and the Orb river and plain, head to the Bishop's Palace Garden (Jardin de l'Évêché) downhill from the cathedral. Take a stroll in the city centre along its cobbled, narrow streets and visit Allées Paul-Riquet, a pleasant avenue lined with plane trees, shops and lively cafés.
Along this lagoon of great natural beauty the pitoresque villages Bages and Peyriac de Mer are located as well as the safari park of Sigean. It is also the home of flamingos and many other bird species that can be observed on various walks, one even on a boardwalk across the water!
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Étang de Bages-Sigean
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Along this lagoon of great natural beauty the pitoresque villages Bages and Peyriac de Mer are located as well as the safari park of Sigean. It is also the home of flamingos and many other bird species that can be observed on various walks, one even on a boardwalk across the water!
The Benedictine Abbey of Saint-Hilaire is located in the picturesque valley of Lauquet. Occupying a dominant position in the heart of the ancient medieval fort of Saint-Hilaire, this monastery is organized around its Gothic cloister. It is here that in 1531, the monks invented the first sparkling wine in the world, Blanquette.
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Abbaye de Saint Hilaire
n4 Rue de la Mairie
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The Benedictine Abbey of Saint-Hilaire is located in the picturesque valley of Lauquet. Occupying a dominant position in the heart of the ancient medieval fort of Saint-Hilaire, this monastery is organized around its Gothic cloister. It is here that in 1531, the monks invented the first sparkling wine in the world, Blanquette.
Limoux is famed for the longest carnival in Europe and its excellent sparkling wine “Blanquette de Limoux” which is produced using the Champagne process. Cooking fans should earmark Fridays, the market day, with many delicious local products on sale. Limoux also has a good range of shops and restaurants and a very nice square that invites to chill with a drink.
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Limoux
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Limoux is famed for the longest carnival in Europe and its excellent sparkling wine “Blanquette de Limoux” which is produced using the Champagne process. Cooking fans should earmark Fridays, the market day, with many delicious local products on sale. Limoux also has a good range of shops and restaurants and a very nice square that invites to chill with a drink.
Renowned for the benefits of its spring water, the charming medieval village of Alet-les-Bains has beautiful stone and timber-framed houses, as seen in the picturesque square, the Place de la République. Not far from there stand the remains of an ancient Benedictine monastery, which was founded in the 9th century. Close by you can find La Buvette, an enchanted garden in an ancient seminary with shady trees and romantic pond. They serve drinks and snacks.
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Alet-les-Bains
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Renowned for the benefits of its spring water, the charming medieval village of Alet-les-Bains has beautiful stone and timber-framed houses, as seen in the picturesque square, the Place de la République. Not far from there stand the remains of an ancient Benedictine monastery, which was founded in the 9th century. Close by you can find La Buvette, an enchanted garden in an ancient seminary with shady trees and romantic pond. They serve drinks and snacks.
the biggest and best preserved Cathar castle
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Chateau de Peyrepertuse
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the biggest and best preserved Cathar castle
The Galamus gorges extend over 3 km, a spectacular natural site with vertiginous limestone cliff faces! Carved out over time by the tumultuous waters of the Agly, this protected area can be admired from the narrow road which runs along the gorges, in all its beauty... As photogenic a place as you could hope to find, which you can admire from a specially created belvedere, the Hermitage of St Anthony of Galamus clings to a cliff overlooking the Agly. Between April and September, the Galamus gorges, with their little waterfalls and pools, are particularly good for canyoning. In the summer, when the gorge road becomes busy, a system of alternating traffic is in place, to make it easier and safer to cross it. There are also electric shuttle buses (Diablines) which go from Cubières-sur-Cinoble and Saint-Paul-de-Fenouillet.
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Gorges de Galamus
Saint-Antoine
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The Galamus gorges extend over 3 km, a spectacular natural site with vertiginous limestone cliff faces! Carved out over time by the tumultuous waters of the Agly, this protected area can be admired from the narrow road which runs along the gorges, in all its beauty... As photogenic a place as you could hope to find, which you can admire from a specially created belvedere, the Hermitage of St Anthony of Galamus clings to a cliff overlooking the Agly. Between April and September, the Galamus gorges, with their little waterfalls and pools, are particularly good for canyoning. In the summer, when the gorge road becomes busy, a system of alternating traffic is in place, to make it easier and safer to cross it. There are also electric shuttle buses (Diablines) which go from Cubières-sur-Cinoble and Saint-Paul-de-Fenouillet.
Montsegur castle, the symbol of Cathar resistance rebuilt at the start of the 13th century, was once a refuge for Cathars hunted down by the Inquisition. The stronghold was besieged for 10 months before being taken by the royal army in March 1244, the month of the Prat dels Cremats ("field of the burned") tragedy when 225 Cathars who had refused to renounce their faith perished on a funeral pyre.
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Montségur
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Montsegur castle, the symbol of Cathar resistance rebuilt at the start of the 13th century, was once a refuge for Cathars hunted down by the Inquisition. The stronghold was besieged for 10 months before being taken by the royal army in March 1244, the month of the Prat dels Cremats ("field of the burned") tragedy when 225 Cathars who had refused to renounce their faith perished on a funeral pyre.
Niaux caves (Les Grottes de Niaux), famous for their Magdalenian era rock paintings, lie in the Vicdessos valley, 7 kilometres from Tarascon-sur-Ariège. A guided tour takes visitors through 800 metres of underground cave system, passing through the Salon Noir, a natural rotunda whose walls are decorated with around 100 animal illustrations. These black line paintings are over 12,000 years old and depict large prehistoric mammals such as bison, horse, deer and ibex. They form an exceptional and incredibly well-preserved collection. You are strongly advised to book entrance tickets in advance as the visitor numbers are limited for conservation reasons.
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Niaux cave
Grotte de Niaux
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Niaux caves (Les Grottes de Niaux), famous for their Magdalenian era rock paintings, lie in the Vicdessos valley, 7 kilometres from Tarascon-sur-Ariège. A guided tour takes visitors through 800 metres of underground cave system, passing through the Salon Noir, a natural rotunda whose walls are decorated with around 100 animal illustrations. These black line paintings are over 12,000 years old and depict large prehistoric mammals such as bison, horse, deer and ibex. They form an exceptional and incredibly well-preserved collection. You are strongly advised to book entrance tickets in advance as the visitor numbers are limited for conservation reasons.