French holiday home to rent in Aude , Languedoc Roussillon , South France

French vacation home in Rieux Minervois , Aude , Languedoc Roussillon , South France

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About the region

This part of France abounds in monuments from prehistoric, pre-Roman, Roman, Romanesque, medieval, and later periods. Dating from the earliest times, there are dolmens and standing stones, grottoes and cave paintings. From the middle ages, fortified villages and Cathar castles are scattered through the Minervois and the Corbières regions. The breathtaking fortified city of Carcassonne is only 25 kilometres away. Cycling and walking are great ways to explore the area. The famous Canal du Midi, a marvel of 17th-century hydraulics, engineering and stonemasonry, winds its way through the vineyards; boats and barges are available for hire at several nearby canal ports.

BizeThe nearest sea beaches are in the Narbonne area, about 40 kilometres away; they're wide and sandy, with views of the snow-capped Pyrenees, where visitors can ski in winter. The refreshing lakes of the Montagne Noire are also popular spots for a dip. Narbonne and Perpignan are great for shopping, as is Béziers with its wonderful Friday flower market. Consider a visit to the oyster beds at Sète, or the great marshes of the Camargue in the Rhône Delta.

For art and architecture, take a trip to Albi, Collioure or Céret or, if you have more time, Barcelona and Girona: Catalonian Spain can be reached in about an hour and a half. The region has good roads with mostly light traffic, is well served by rail connections (including car trains at Narbonne, Lezignan and Toulouse), and is near to several international airports: Carcassonne (from London Stansted and Brussels Charleroi), Nîmes, Toulouse, Montpellier, and in Spain, Girona and Barcelona. Languedoc enjoys 300 days' sunshine a year, and the winter is mild and short.