The Haute Vallée de l’Aude (Upper Valley of the River Aude ) – a landscape of contrasts from the Pyrenees to the Mediterranean; from plateaus to gorges and white-water rafting; from mountain peaks to rolling vineyards; from ski-slopes to thermal baths. Step back in time to absorb the history of the Cathar castles and the medieval walled citadel of Carcassonne. Pass through Limoux to enjoy a glass of ‘bubbling Blanquette’ and revel in the mysteries of the hill-top village of Rennes-le-Chateau and the myths and legends of Bugarach, the upside-down mountain. Follow the winding routes of the brave ‘Tour de France’ cyclists or take the 1€ bus or train from Carcassonne to Quillan & 1€ more to Perpignan – a few extra miles to the Mediterranean beaches and just a little further for Sangria in Spain. How can you get here? It’s easy – hop on a plane to Toulouse; Carcassonne; Perpignan; Beziers; Montpelier; Barcelona or Girona.
Before we met, both my husband and I had dreamed about living in France. For many years our Sunday morning routine was to scour the internet, looking for properties in the Languedoc. Our criteria, was a house, which needed no work, in a village with amenities, with enough land for our 2 German shepherds. For 7 consecutive summers, we toured the region, driving through villages with a notebook in our hands, deciding where we did (and didn’t want to live). In 2015, when our 4 ‘adult’ children were by now immune to our enthusiasm, said ‘if you’re going to do it – do it now’- the dream became a reality. We settled for a villa in a small village, with a large garden .... with no amenities and we eventually said goodbye to the builders in December 2017!! We wake up every morning to the most amazing views; we watch the sunset in the evenings in skies which only an artist could paint. We’re 10 minutes from 2 towns, 2 supermarkets and transport links to Carcassonne and Perpignan. We pinch ourselves regularly – we did it!!View Languedoc-Roussillon Information Homepage
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