Castelnaudary in the Languedoc Roussillon Region
The Languedoc Roussillon region just south of Toulouse in Southern France is an area of outstanding beauty and interest with a wealth of places to visit and enjoy including Carcassonne, Perpignan, Beziers and Montpellier the capital. Ideal for a holiday in the South of France.
Le Moulin sits just outside the little village of Issel which is about halfway between Castelnaudary and Revel and has easy access to the Mediterranean coast and the Pyrenean mountain range. Revel and Castelnaudary are about 15 minutes and 10 minutes’ drive away respectively and provide access to local amenities including restaurants, bars, shops and banks. Le Moulin is also conveniently situated ten minutes from the A61 auto route, and approximately 9 hours driving time from the Channel Ports.
Issel is our nearest little village and is about 15 minutes on foot. Le Moulin is tucked into the woodlands that surround Issel where there are pleasant walks that can be accessed literally yards from the entrance to the property. Many of our guests have stated how perfect the location is for a do it yourself orienteering holiday or cycling holiday using the gite as a centre for exploring the area.
The region is famous for “les Chateaux du pays Cathar” with local castles, towns and villages dating back over 800 years. Historic towns such as Revel, Mirepoix, Foix, Fanjeaux, Limoux and Castres can all be reached within 30-60 minutes as can the three noted wine regions of the area– Fitou, Corbieres, and Minervois. The nearest market town of Castelnaudary is famous for its cassoulet, which is served in almost every restaurant in town. Rick Stein of Padstow, Cornwall visited Castelnaudary when he traveled along the Canal du Midi exploring the local cuisine of the area. Be assured you will not have a shortage of tourist places to visit in France even if you just focus your holiday on this region.
Rennes Le Chateau of Da Vinci code fame is about an hour and twenty minutes drive via Limoux and is well worth a visit, anyone interested in the Knights Templar will be spoilt for choice of the places to visit in this region which is steeped in the history from that period.
There are two lakes – le Lac de la Ganguise and the Lac de St Ferreol within 20 minutes of Le Moulin which both have beaches and various activities for all ages, including walking, sailing and (at St Ferreol) pedaloes and mini-golf. Full size golf courses are available at Carcassonne, Mazamet and near Toulouse. Mazamet is also close to the Black Mountains (La Montagne Noire) to the north east of us, while the Pyrenees are about an hour to the south. Both regions provide the opportunity to take walks of varying degrees of difficulty and also offer much to the cyclist.
The Pyrenees hosts a number of ski resorts which can be reached in a little over an hour from Le Moulin during the winter months and Axe le Therme offers facilities for all levels of skier and is an attractive place to visit at any time of the year
Market Days & Getting Around
There are lots of local markets to visit during your stay. Mirepoix holds its market on a Monday with lots of craft items as well as the usual fruit and vegetables. Castelnaudary’s own very good market is also on Monday. Of our other local towns, Villefranche (towards Toulouse) has its market on Fridays, Revel's is on Saturdays and has been described as having the best food market in the area, also Carcassonne has markets on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.
To fully enjoy the area it is recommended that, if flying or traveling by train, a hire car is rented for easy access to the many local amenities described.
A Few Places to Visit in the South of France
- Issel Village
- St Felix Lauragais
- Rennes le Chateau
- Cap d'Agde
- La Franqui & Leucate