Abbaye de Fontfroide, near Narbonne

The Guide Photos of the Week - September 28 1998

Fontfroide Abbey in the South of France


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.

Fontfroide Abbey in the South of France

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

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