The walking spirit in Carcassonne is the desire to discover the Medieval City. Leap back in time, surrounded by stone walls and narrow streets. From the Bastide Saint Louis look out over the landscape and see banks of the water in a different way. Stop at quaint shops, walk the twisting streets, and maybe wander down to the banks of the Aude. There’s a lot to explore with your family and friends! The town and the surrounding area can be discovered through the hiking routes like the GR36, which joins the Bastide Saint Louis to the Lac de la Cavayère and passes by the Medieval City, or the GR78, which is the Piémont Pyrénéen route towards Saint-Jacques de Compostelle.
At the gates of Carcassonne on the path of the Roman road between Hebromagus (Bram) and the via
Domenetia (Narbonne), this walk over fields, through vines and the shade of the Canal du Midi has been developed by the “Amis du Patrimoine de Grèzes-Herminis” (friends of the Heritage of Grèzes-Herminis) especially for you to enjoy.
From the Medieval City to the Bastide Saint-Louis, the banks of the Aude will seduce walkers in search of tranquillity and freshness. There are several kilometres of the riverbank and a “parcours de sante” (fitness route) which will satisfy fitness fanatics.
The Saint-Foulc priory, which is also the called the “pigeonnier de Cazaban” (the Cazaban dovecote) is a magnificent 17 meter-tall square tower. It was recorded in the inventory of historical monuments on 24th April 1953. The origins of this priory date from the start of the 11th century. Over the 13th and 14th centuries, the lords of Palaja were buried in the cemetery close to the church. It was desecrated and partially destroyed in the course of the 12th century. In spite of this, chaplains were appointed until the end of the 18th century and religious services were celebrated in the parish church. The destruction and burying of the church and adjoining cemetery were recorded in the 19th century.
A veritable haven of rest, freshness and pleasure, the lac de la Cavayère is the ideal rendezvous for walkers, fishing lovers and fitness fanatics: footpaths and cycle paths accessible around the lake, bathing (3 supervised beaches during peak season), rowing, all water sports except those which use motorised engines.
At the gates of Carcassonne, the Pech Mary hill offers hikers shade beneath its pine trees and an
unusual view over the Medieval City, the plain of the Aude and the Montagne Noire. A visit to a city with geographical and cultural origins set in an agricultural landscape in the midst of vines and wooded hills. The history of vines and country wine has been a strong element in the meetings
and exchanges between populations since the days of antiquity.
This other small section of the canal du Midi leads you to discover other natural landscapes in an
environment that is both pastoral and peaceful… The Canal du Midi, which stretches over a length of 240km, passes through ten different types of landscape. In Carcassonne, there is the Fresquel valley.
This small part of the canal du Midi allows you to discover the diversity of the landscapes bordering the riverbanks, the range of fragrances from the trees as well as the bridges and locks. A veritable haven of peace at the water’s edge where you can see the locks and their keepers, river and fishing boats…
Enjoy your last morning in this incredible place before leaving the South of France, or stay on and add another of our French walking holidays to your itinerary.