Abbaye de Fontfroide
Close to Narbonne, tucked deep in a valley surrounded by hills, is the magical abbey of Fontfroide. It is a must to visit, at any time of the year, either for a guided tour around the buildings or a walk in the surrounding hills, particularly to the top of the hill that overlooks the Abbey, for its lovely view.
Lazing cat sculpture, Abbaye de Fontfroide
Fontfroide Abbey is particularly welcoming to visitors - for in addition to the superb architecture there is a well stocked gift shop and restaurant/café/bar. At the end of the edifying tour of the Benedictine Abbey, it is particularly enjoyable to sit in a glorious rose garden of some 3000 bushes. If you are visiting in the warmer months look out for exhibitions by local artists and music concerts