Rentals in the Lagrasse area
Halfway between Narbonne and Carcassonne, take the road from Lezignan to Fabrezan (where photography was invented - see museum).
Continue past vineyards, and climb past Camplong with its potent red wines (buy some!) , under the gaze of Mount Alaric.
Then onto Ribaute with its hidden chateau, following the winding road above the river Orbieu (good for swimming and cooling off in the heat of Summer) until at last you reach a superb viewpoint overlooking the idyllic village of Lagrasse.
Take a quick stop by the road if you wish to take a photo - see top right - (although there's not much room to do it!)
LAGRASSEThe village is famed for its Abbey, Medieval houses and streets, book and pottery fairs over the Summer months, and a lovely 12th century hump backed bridge. It is good place to explore anytime of the year and has a number of good restaurants.
12th Century Bridge
Swimming near Abbey
It is a pleasant walk if one leaves the abbey, passing between it and the river - past a series of allotment gardens, to a foot bridge / dam. That provides an excellent swimming spot during the Summer months and is a good place to cool off from the climb up the Tower.
From here one follows the road that is closest to the river, entering the old village, and soon reaching a splendid covered market, surrounded by 14th - 16th century houses. Narrow streets run off in all directions, filled with art and craft galleries, shops as well as a number of good restaurants.
However if one does not waver and continues in a fairly straight line, to the left there is pretty humped back bridge (12th Century) that crosses the River Orbieu, where one can often see bathers or people fishing in the deep waters
14th and !6th Century Houses
Places to visit near Lagrasse
A lovely medieval footbridge at Rieux en Val
The church at St Martin des Puits, with capitals from Merovingian times
T he Chateaux at Termes (a good steep climb but a great view) and Villerouge (where the last Cathar Priest was burnt at the stake, - there is a multimedia installation telling his history - there is also a restaurant here that does Medieval feasts!)
Sculpture walk at Mayronnes (April to August) - enjoy a good walk in wonderful countryside (allow 2-3 hours), to see art and sculpture from talented artists of the region
Sculpture walk at Mayronnes
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