Lagrasse is listed as one of the most beautiful villages in France. It lies in the foothills of the Corbières and is only 40 minutes from Mediterranean beaches and Carcassonne, the most popular tourist attraction of the Languedoc.
This historic village is known for its artist community and has many boutiques, art galleries, and craft shops. There are six great restaurants, a pizzeria, a bakery with delicious cakes, a café/bar, shops, a busy delicatessen with ready prepared meals, tabac, post office, cash dispenser, doctors, chemist, and many ‘caves’ selling their own excellent wine.
The vineyards and olive groves of the river valley are an inspiration for artists; and for those wanting more than an amble, the wild hills with their limestone crags, umbrella pines and cypress trees are on the doorstep. In the winter months, there are breathtaking views to the snowcapped Pyrénées.
Bird watchers will enjoy seeing kingfishers from the open window and listening to nightingales, which come back to the riverbank each year to nest. Bee eaters can often be heard flying overhead, and if lucky you get a flash of blue and yellow as they fly past. We are on the migration route and in autumn you can see cranes, honey buzzards, and nightjars. Little ringed plovers nest on our beach, and black redstarts nest in the houses along the riverbank. Once here, if all you want to do is relax, there is no need for a car and we can arrange airport transfer for you.
Things To Do Near Lagrasse
Mediterranean beaches with their golden sand are only a 50 minute drive away, and there is windsurfing and sailing on the inland lagoons. Children love the Aqua Parks and the adventurous Accrobranche aerial walkway. The African Reserve also makes a wonderful family day out, as does a visit to Spain and the Dali museum only 80 minutes away by car.
All the spectacular Cathar Castles are within driving distance, and for the more adventurous there are two within cycling distance. We rent bikes and are happy to suggest itineraries, from spectacular mountain gorges to a leisurely trip through the vineyards or beside Canal du Midi.
You can take a boat trip on the Canal du Midi or hire electric boats, children love this. For older children, a day out canoeing is a must. Explore beautiful medieval villages and towns, the dramatic ‘cité’ of Carcassonne is a necessity. Market days in local Lézignan or Narbonne are also well worth a visit.
Anyone wanting to learn about wine can take a guided tour of the vineyards, or experience a gourmet tapas lunch where different wines are tasted with several homemade delicacies.
In the summer, there are local village ‘fêtes’ with live music. Lagrasse has its own three-day music festival ‘Abracadagrasses’ during the third weekend of July, followed by a piano festival and a folk festival at the end of August.
Beautiful Collioure, made popular by Matisse and the Fauves, is 90 minutes away and a requirement for art lovers. Neighbouring Céret Museum of Modern Art houses a series of Picasso ceramics depicting bull fighting.
Walkers and those who like to mountain bike will enjoy the well marked trails and scent of the ‘garrigue’, pine, rosemary and thyme. Each year new sculptures are exhibited on the Sculpture Trail in nearby Mayronnes--it is a great walk for children. Also, the local area is superb horse riding country.
For winter visitors, a day’s skiing is only two hours away.
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