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are situated in a valley on the Mediterranean side of the beautiful Black Mountains,
at the southern end of the
|Carcassonne||Canal du Midi||Grotte de Limousis|
is honeycombed with caves
and caverns, forming one of the richest areas of subterranean landscape in
This region hosts many festivals to music and is a gastronomic centre,
many vineyards with ancient Chateaux, and hidden gardens pepper the area.
temperatures in the shade
Spring & Autumn
are excellent seasons and the days are warm and sunny.
Summer is usually hot and dry although the mountains are a little cooler than the coast. Winter is temperate, but the wind is dry. In the mountains, winter is colder and often snowy.
Towns and Villages
|Durfort: Specialising inbasket ware and copper pots and pans, a must for the cooking enthusiast.||
Mirepoix: boasts the longest annual carnival in the world from January through March and claims to be the earliest producer of "methode champenoise" wine known as Blanquette, sparkling white wine, a favourite tipple with Madonna! and they claim that Dom Perignon stole the idea. You will find Mirepoix enchanting, with its medieval character, its Cathedral, square and covered galleries
|SORÈZE: Its history is closely intertwined with that
of the Benedictine abbey founded by Pépin le Bref during the eighth
century. The medieval village built on
the Oppidum de Berniquaut was destroyed in 1212 by Simon de Montfort.
The Abbaye Notre-Dame de la Sagne was razed to the ground and rebuilt
several times. Sorèze was also a target for the Protestants during the
seventeenth-century religious wars, the bell-tower of
The Montagne Noir
up on the northern face of the Montagne Noire, the southermost face of
the Massive Central, you will find a group of villages of real charm and distinction...
DOURGNE with its wild countryside and ancient
sites, has a long history (Gallo-Roman remains) and an eventful past.
Established in medieval times in the Taurou valley, Dourgne was
devastated during the Albigensian crusade (13th century) by Simon de
Montfort and reconstructed in its present location in the 14th century
by King Philippe le Bel. The new "bastide" (town fortified
against the perfidious English) became
an important manufacturing centre. The abbeys of "En
Calcat" and «Sainte
Nineteenth-century church. Frescoes by Dom Robert. Ruins of Contrast
dominating the village.
Houses with half-timbering and corbel-work. Twelfth-century church, the
oldest in the region.