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In the Carcassonnais Country…
C. Deschamps - CDT 11 (www.audetourisme.com) You will then continue your way towards the East until the Carcassonnais Country. The well-known fortified city of Carcassonne, classified as World Heritage of Humanity, offers itself to you for the visit of its exceptional medieval architecture. With its 3 km of ramparts and 52 towers, this is a great moment in history that the city will deliver to you. The Carcassonnais region is also magnificent vestiges of medieval castles perched on the side of a rock such as the site of Lastours, and exceptional caves, such as Limousis.
Stay at Château de Cavanac
Château de Cavanac Hotel A few kilometers south of Carcassonne, you will drop your bags at the sumptuous Château de Cavanac, a 17th-century wine chateau transformed into a 3-star hotel. It is in a calm, authentic and romantic environment that you will spend this relaxing stay, in a comfortable room with a "castle" spirit and decorated with refinement.
In the Upper Aude Valley Country…
C. Deschamps - CDT 11 (www.audetourisme.com) You will then pass through the Pays de la Haute Vallée de l'Aude which follows the river which gave its name to the department. Here, you can start your total immersion in the History of the Cathar Country with visits to these castles perched on top of the rocks: Puilaurens, Puivert and the keep of Arques. On entering the Pays de la Haute Vallée de l'Aude, you will also discover the birthplace of Blanquette de Limoux - the oldest raw wine in the world! - that you will of course have to taste!
In the Corbières-Minervois region…
P. Davy - CTD 11 (www.audetourisme.com) You will continue your discovery of the Cathar Country by traveling even further east, in the Corbières-Minervois Country. You will visit picturesque sites such as the vestiges of Peyrepertuse, the most beautiful example of medieval architecture in Languedoc equaling the area of Carcassonne, as well as Quéribus, whose exceptional panorama from the top of its keep perched at 728 meters, is worth the detour. You will of course enjoy the landscapes of the Corbières vineyards and the slopes of the Minervois, between rock gardens and scrubland; and there too, you will have to stop for a tasting session.
In the Land of Narbonne ...
P. Davy - CTD 11 (www.audetourisme.com) Finally, you will get very close to the Mediterranean Sea to the Pays de la Narbonnaise for a 100% nature excursion. 200 km of trails in the middle of the Narbonnaise Regional Natural Park await you, to discover a preserved natural area and observe exceptional flora and fauna. You can just as easily stroll on the fine sandy beaches at Port-Leucate or Port-Gruissan for example.
Languedoc cuisine at Le Parc restaurant
Restaurant Le Parc You will end your stay in Aude by going back through Carcassonne and you will stop in the heart of the medieval city in a gourmet restaurant, Le Parc. In a contemporary atmosphere, you will taste a very creative personal cuisine that enhances seasonal and local products. A great taste adventure thanks to the starred chef, Franck Putelat.