The Aude region is a wonderful place for a vacation. With many interesting cities to visit, recreational activities and culture within a short distance from Le Trabet, you will be able to fully enjoy your vacation and have plenty of activities to choose from – or you may simply choose to sit back and enjoy the scenery.
The Aude province forms part of the Languedoc region. Here, countless historical and cultural sites, particularly Cathar castles and fortified villages from the middle ages, offer food for the mind, and a window to the past. A gastronomical heritage is exemplified by famous restaurants, as well as countless vineyards with their local wines. Beautiful sunshine, and a climate that is pleasant year-round, combine with the beauty of unspoiled nature and geological splendor. To learn why we think you should stay with us, please keep reading – we invite you to find the many other things that are not written here, but worth seeing for yourself.
Cathar Castles, Fortified Towns, Abbeys
The ‘département’ of the Aude boasts a rich historical heritage whose outstanding landmarks are the Carcassonne Cité fortress, together with the innumerable hilltop castles of the Middle Ages that mark the landscape everywhere you go. The history of these strongholds is intimately linked with the events that shook the whole of the Languedoc in the 13th century when the crusade against the Cathars took place. Today, immemorial landmarks have survived, most of them abandoned until little by little they fell into ruin. Several Cathar castles are still worth a visit, like Château de Peyrepertuse. Also several fortified towns are interesting, like Minerve as well as some medieval abbeys such as Lagrasse, Fontfroide, St. Papoul and Villelongue; all within a short drive from Le Trabet.
The Sea, Lakes, Mountains, and Sports
The beaches of the Mediterranean Sea are just one hour from Le Trabet. Places to go are Gruissan, Porte la Nouvelle and a little more south Collioure and Banyuls, a beautiful part of France to spend the day on the beach and the boulevard bars and restaurants with their excellent local wines. Surfing is ideal near Leucate at the ‘Etang de Leucate’, but also possible at several other lakes nearby. Boats for rowing and kayaking are for rent at several places in the Aude. Renting a motorboat for one or more days on the Canal du Midi is quite popular. Several ‘centres equestre’ (horse riding) are not too far from Le Trabet, where you can have a Shetland pony or a horse for one hour or for the whole day. Golf is quite popular in the Languedoc and the northern part of Spain. The nearest 18-hole golf course is only fifteen minutes away. If you like to walk in the wooded hills and mountains, the ‘Parc Regional de Languedoc‘ almost begins at Le Trabet and the Corbières hills are nearby. The Pyrenees and her skislopes are only a 90-minute drive away from Le Trabet. Andorra is a worth-while place to visit, especially during the winter season.