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The house is just a few minutes' walk from Ste Colombe sur l’Hers where there is a shop and cafe. Chalabre is the nearest town and is just over 5 mins by car and has a Bank, Post Office, cafés and shops. The market is on a Saturday in Chalabre

and is a great place to pick up local produce.

 

Chalabre Chateau hosts a number of events throughout the year including a medieval festival with jousting.

 

The swimming lake, Lac Montbel is 5mins drive (or 20 mins walk) away and has multiple activities, swimming, sailing, kayaking and fishing as well as two restaurants on the shore, one on either side of the lake with other restaurants in the nearby village of Leran.

 

For Cyclists the Voie Verte cycle track that goes from Montségur to Canal du Midi is virtually outside our door.

 

The spectacular Cathar castles at Puivert, Montségur, Puylaurens, Peyrepetus and Queribus are not far away. Not forgetting the magical Carcassonne, the old Cite really is something to see (Robin Hood, Prince of Thieves was partly filmed here) but be aware it is a major tourist attraction with all the ensuing bustle, tourist shops and cost you would expect.

 

The nearest ski station Les Monts d'Olmes is less than 1 hr away, about 36km.

 

The Mediterranean sea with fantastic long sandy beaches near Perpignan is 90 minutes' drive and Collioure is not very much further, a location much favoured by Salvadore Dali and other artists. For those wanting more, Barcelona is a 4hr drive away!

For those that love them this region has its fair share of Markets, each town has at least one a week. Two 'local markets' to note that we regularly visit  are Mirepoix on a Monday and Esperaza on a Sunday. Below is a list with location and days they are on in towns in the Aude region

Alet-les-Bains -Wednesday

Belpech - Wednesday

Bram - Wednesday

Carcassonne - Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday

Castelnaudary - Monday

Chalabre - Saturday

Couiza - Tuesday, Saturday

Cuxac-d'Aude - Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday

Esperaza - Thursday, Sunday

Fanjeaux - Saturday

Fitou - Wednesday

Fleury-d'Aude - Daily

Gruissan - Monday, Wednesday, Saturday

Lagrasse - Saturday

Leucate - Tuesday, Friday, Sunday

Lézignan-Corbières - Wednesday

Limoux - Friday

Narbonne - Tuesday, Thursday, Sunday

Port-la-Nouvelle - Wednesday, Saturday

Quillan - Wednesday, Saturday

Rennes-les-Bains - Thursday

Rieux-Minervois - Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday

St-Pierre-sur-Mer - Daily

Saissac - Thursday

Sallèles-d'Aude - Tuesday, Friday

Sigean - Tuesday, Friday

Trèbes - Wednesday

Please note: this list was correct at the time of writing but some markets are 'seasonal' and may not be on outside the high season