UNESCO Heritage tour in Cathar Country

Discovery of the majestic sites of the Languedoc and the Aude classified on the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites: the Citadel of Carcassonne and the Canal du Midi.

Start in Béziers. Discovery of the Canal du Midi. Work of 240 km in length, powered by a highly sophisticated system, the Canal du Midi presents the oldest inventions in terms of hydraulic control and works of art: almots 350 locks, bridges, aqueducts, outlets, some which haven’t been modified since their origin; a towpath lined with trees, allowing multiple outdoor activities such as hiking or mountain biking.

cropped-le-somail.jpgThis unique architectural heritage is the work of Pierre-Paul Riquet, who convinced Colbert and then Louis XIV, of the technical possibility to link the Atlantic and the Mediterranean sea, and proved that the waters pf the Black Mountain would be enough to feed the canal.

The river cruise is an important activity in the department of Aude. The Canal du Midi and the canal de la Robine favour an original discovery of these places that are among the finest and most authentic of France.

Lunch suggestion at the restaurant Côté Canal : wwwrestaurantcotecanal.fr

Narbonne, City of Art and History is one of the most popular destinations in the South of France. Between the Canal de la Robine, sea and lagoons, numerous activities are offered to visitors: river cruises, hiking, horseback or mountain biking, sea or river fishing, as well as many cultural events, and heritage discoveries. Not to mention pleasures of fine sandy beaches.
Gourmets, gourmands and lovers of good food can also find in Narbonne emblematic places of the Mediterranean lifestyle (restaurants, winegrowers, 1900-style covered market)
www.narbonne-tourism.co.uk/

palais des archeveques narbonne © Mairie narbonne

Carcassonne : the citadel of Carcassonne looks like a medieval film set. The spectacular walled town is one of France’s most famous national monument. Originally a Roman settlement, then a medieval walled centuries and restored in the 19th century by Viollet le Duc. The river Aude separate the citadel from the Lower Town.
www.tourisme-carcassonne.fr/

The Hôtel de la Cité (5*) is full of delightfully retro charm – that dreamt-of place closing the door on the noisy world outside. Character and reputation are Hôtel de la Cité’s letters patent of Nobility! 47 bedrooms and 13 suite and junior suites offer personalised and elegant surroundings and amenities.
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The Hôtel Le Donjon is located in the heart of Carcassonne’s medieval citadel, the hotel’s 61 rooms are spread over three building. Guests are greeted by a warm welcome and provided with excellent service by a staff attentive to each client’s needs and comfort.
www.hotel-donjon.fr

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