The LOFT is very centrally located. A lot of cities and cozy little French villages are to be found in the immediate vicinity.
Plan a visit to a weekly market with fresh produce, have an ice cream on a bench in the park or enjoy a nice long lazy French lunch. Like God in France ....
Minerve and Lagrasse, within less than half an hour’s drive, are both on the list of the most beautiful French villages. Minerve is perched high on a rocky spur and is accessed via a 'green route' along impressive gorges. Lagrasse is a beautiful and idyllic medieval town situated on the River Orbieu, the river that flows in front of our property as well.
Narbonne (10 km) is a lovely city. Narbonne was the 1st Roman settlement outside Italy because of its strategic location. Nowadays Narbonne is on the crossroads of several beautiful cities like Toulouse, Montpellier, Perpignan, Beziers and Carcassonne. The town of Narbonne is a vibrant, beautiful Mediterranean city situated next to the famous wine area 'la Clape', the Minervois and Corbières.
Beziers (30 km) is situated high above the river Orb and is known for its magnificent cathedral and the 'nine locks’.
Carcassonne (45 km) is a lovely city to visit with a fully restored Old Town. It boasts the best preserved fortress from the Middle Ages in Europe; la Cité. Carcassonne is listed on the UNESCO World Heritage List since 1997.
Perpignan (75 km), a French town with a taste of Spain as it is located near the Spanish border. A city with lively boulevards, plane trees and (tapas-) restaurants.
A little further away but definitely worth the visit are Montpellier (80 km) and Toulouse (130 km).
The LOFT is located on the border of the Corbières and Minervois region and is surrounded by vineyards. The area has beautiful views of the "Vignes" (vineyards).
The rolling hills on either side of the Montagne Noire and the Pyrenees will provide tranquility and wonderful trails for hiking or
cycling. Beautiful mountain lakes are to be found here as well.
It is possible to rent bikes nearby.
The Canal du Midi is a 250 km long canal which is added to the UNESCO World Heritage List since 1996. The Canal du Midi is wonderful for biking, hiking, for a picknick or to enjoy a rivercruise on.
At the seaside kite-surfing is a possibility, catamarans or jet ski’s are available for rent as well. Cycling alongside the coast is very much recommended by us.
Do you want to keep both feet on the ground? Playing golf on one of the many nearby golf courses is the thing for you.
Do you want to cool down? Then visit one of the caves nearby, take a dip in your own pool or in one of the many rivers and lakes surrounding us! Furthermore it is possible to rent a canoe in Puicheric; very recommendable!
Occitanie is a very special region in the South of France, located in the area south of Nimes to the north of Perpignan, between the Central Massif. The plains and slopes are like an amphitheater facing the Mediterranean Sea. It is one of the largest wine regions in the world with different soils and microclimates with a lot of sunshine. Occitanie is therefore also known as the California of France.
In the Aude region one finds several strongholds of the Cathars, inextricably linked to the history of this region.
In spring, autumn and in the summer months many different cultural activities take place, such as various pop concerts in Carcassonne, le Festival de Carcassonne. There are many cultural activities taking place in Narbonne, ferias (Spanish festivals) in Azille and Beziers and the annual "Mondial du Vent" takes place in Leucate; the kitesurfing World Championship.
In winter it is possible to visit a truffle market, which is a wonderful experience.
Do not forget the Canal du Midi, since 1996 added to visit the UNESCO World Heritage list, for a walk, bike ride or a boat trip.
Lovers of abbeys can indulge themselves with a visit to the famous Abbey of Fontfroide near Narbonne and the Abbey Sante Marie in Lagrasse.
Last but not least: flea markets, brocante and antique shops are part of the French culture. Pezenas is a very nice town full of antique- and brocante shops. Furthermore, a weekly Sunday flea- or brocante market can always be found nearby.
The LOFT is ideally located for various trips with children.
A selection of different activities:
- Swimming in Ribaute or in one of the many other rivers in the area (even in our own village); jumping from the rocks
is wonderfully adventurous.
- A visit to a African Safari theme park: Reserve Africaine de Sigean.
- Kayaking in Puicheric.
-Lac de Cavayere, a beautiful lake near Carcassonne offering plenty to do: a landscaped water park with inflatable big pillows, for the daredevils: swinging from tree to tree in a 'parc acrobatique', lovely small beaches, pedal boats and a miniature golf course.
-Of course a trip to the beach, armed with buckets and spades!
-For even more water fun: visit the water themepark in Valras plage or pay a visit to the slightly smaller Espace Liberté in Narbonne with a huge water slide, in- and outdoor swimming pools and a bowling alley.
In the immediate vicinity there are several nice restaurants where you can enjoy a good meal.
But there are also plenty of restaurants located in special places (Les Salins) or with a well-deserved Michelin star:
la table de Saint-Crescent in Narbonne.
We are spoiled with a dazzling variety of fine wines in our region. Wine tastings can be done in so many places in the region, there are many possibilities! For tips you can always contact us.
Would you like to buy wines to take home? Chateau de Luc offers beautiful wines and if you mention that you stay with us you will be offered a nice guided tour and free tasting worth € 7!
In addition, a visit to the olive-oil factory L'Oulibo is very nice.
You can taste oysters at various locations along the coast.
Very well known are the foodhalls of Narbonne, open every morning with a variety of fresh goods: fish, meat, cheeses, vegetables and fresh herbs.
Stroll along the long sandy beaches of Narbonne, sunbathing, swimming, building sand castles or “lounge and lunch" at a beachclub.
If you go for a walk at Peyriac de Mer you will pass salt lakes where you have a good chance to spot flamingos or pelicans.
On your way to Narbonne Plage you will pass the beautiful wine area La Clape. This wonderful nature reserve suprises us every time as we drive along vineyards and beautiful rugged rocks followed by a spectacular view over the Mediterranean Sea.
Narbonne Plage is a fairly young village but Gruissan, a short distance away, is a lovely authentic fishing village with a nice harbor area offering restaurants and summer activities.