Relax on the Med
Vast Sandy Beaches at
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Sigean African animal Reserve
Fontfroide Medieval abbey
Quéribus Cathar Castle
Peyrepertuse Cathar Castle
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From the medieval city of Carcassonne the Corbières stretch south towards the foothills of the Pyrenees and east through vineyard strewn wooded valleys and rugged hills before descending to the sultry Mediterranean shores around the Roman city of Narbonne.
The Corbières enjoys an idyllic climate of low rainfall and over 300 days of sunshine each year, perfect for relaxing on the vast sandy beaches at Narbonne, Gruissan and Leucate and swimming, sailing or windsurfing the calm seas. The picturesque fishing port of Gruissan is also synonymous with French culture as the setting for Jacques Beineix's cult film classic "Betty Blue". The early beach scenes were filmed amongst the 1300 stilted wooden beach chalets here. During the summer months there are many outdoor festivities from rock to folk and jazz concerts.
Spring or early summer is an ideal time to visit to admire the abundance of wild flowers and Orchids which carpet the Corbières and to explore the numerous cycling and horse riding trails. Pony trekking is widely available with several farms running a variety of excursions.
Corbières’ long and frequently changing past is evident in the local architecture. The medieval abbey at Fontfroide and Romanesque abbeys and village churches reflect a peaceful tranquillity whilst a darker past looms from the ruined Cathar castles at Quéribus and Peyrepertuse. Perched high on rocky crags commanding far reaching views over the surrounding lands these fortresses were no match for the religious crusades that led to the persecution and eventual eradication of the Cathar religion.
Wines have been cultivated in the Corbières since Roman times. Many wine producers offer tastings at their vineyards and local restaurants showcase the fine local wines. Some of the very best wines are produced in small quantities and it is rare to find them outside the region but they can be bought locally at very reasonable prices. Visiting the local vineyards and sampling the wines can be a fun day out and not just for the wine buffs.
All in all the area provides the ideal base for your holiday.