Places of interest in Languedoc
Office de Tourisme Carcassonne
Office de Tourisme is located at 28, rue de Verdun in the old town not La Cité Medieval of Carcassonne. Saturday is market day in Carcassonne - head for the Place Carnot food market.
Follow this link for a downloadable pdf file on Tourism Around Carcassonne
The Domaine Ventaillole is our local vineyard just half a mile or so up the road. This is a very small vineyard only 4.5ha. Robert the vigneron and Marie-Claude have been producing wine there for over 30 years. The fruit is hand picked and they are in charge of the whole process. They sell at the door in bottles or en vrac. Walk up Chemin d'Aragon about a kilometre, turn left and walk down to Ventaillole. You will see a sign Chambre d'hote and Caveau. Regrettably there was an Arson attck on the winery last year and for sometime now they have been closed. You would need to check if they are open now, To visit their website click here
No holiday near Carcassonne is complete without a trip to the Cite Medieval. There are plenty of restaurants here and for children its about the largest castle they are ever likely to see.
Moulin a Papier de Brousse
This is well worth a visit particularly with children as they can get to make their own paper and see the process from wood chips and an old pair of jeans to a sheet of paper. There is a guide who talks you through in Franglais follow the link to www.moulinapapier.com
Aire de Loisirs de Cavayere
This leisure lake is a few kilometres to the south east of Carcassonne. Accessible from junction 24 on the A61 autoroute. It is just south of the autoroute. Ideal for mountain biking.
Le Parc Australien
Is a small theme park. Leave the autoroute as above and follow the signs. It is just north of the autoroute
Village of Montolieu
A book village twinned with Hey on Wye. Take the D38 west out of Ventenac toward Moussoulens then head north on the D629. Return on the D148 and D203 via the village of Aragon. A pleasant little village even if you're not a bookworm.
If you like castles go to Lastours. They’ve got four in the one village. Head east from Ventenac towards Conques and then north
Les Grottes de Limousis are worth a visit. They are near Lastours. Only 12km as the crow flies but consult the map for directions
Canal du Midi
Is always very pleasant to walk or cycle along the Canal du Midi. The nearest point to Ventenac is about 5km down through Pezens and on the D48 towards Caux Sauzens. Why not take a trip to La Somail bewteen Homps and Capestang and hire a boat for the day from Belle du Midi Cruises.
Three bikes are available at the house and additional bikes can be hired from Evasion2roues at 85 allée léna in Carcassonne. Current prices are €15 per day €70 per week.
Narbonne Plage and Gruissan Plage are possibilities for a seaside trip. Take the A61 autoroute and leave at junction 37. (90km about an hour on the mororway)
La Réserve Africaine de Sigean
This is a massive wildlife park with nearly 4000 wild animals in an area covering more than 300 hectares. Take the A61 autoroute towards Narbonne leaving at junction 38 take the N9 towards Sigean and follow the signs.
A nice town with many old timbered buildings at its centre. market day is Monday and Thursday mornings.
Famous for its cassoulet. Great if you like beans, sausage and goose fat. Market day is Monday. There is a large marina on the canal.
This is one of the 100 best market towns in France. It lies just to the north of Castlenaudry. In addition to its market it is famed for its cabinet making. Don't forget to visit le bassin de Saint-Ferréol on the way. From Ventenac take the road to Montolieu and then through Saissac. For more info follow this link