Les Volets Bleus - your home from home in the Languedoc

Activities near the Canal du Midi and Narbonne.


 

Available in the village or very close by:

The village of Sallèles d’Aude itself has a good range of services – bakeries for good French bread, restaurants, supermarket, pharmacy, bar, newsagent, ATM, petrol station, hairdresser, post office.


Locks

 

Walking, cycling (bikes available to hire locally), boating, watching the world go by in this and the surrounding canalside villages.


Fishing in the Aude or the Canal.
Horse riding; tennis; boules (but of course).


Visits to Amphoralis (Roman Pottery Museum).
Wine tasting.

 

Within 35 mins of LVB:

Narbonne – a lovely old town, with a cathedral, good museums, shopping and eating, including the stunning covered food market (Les Halles).

 

The Mediterranean for windsurfing, kite-surfing, land-yachting, lovely safe open sandy beaches, as well as more horse riding, and go-karting.

 

The limestone outcrop of La Clape with its renowned vineyards, rock climbing, rugged walking, and good mountain biking.

 

Under an hour from LVB:


Locks


  Carcassonne – amazing Disneyesque UNESCO World   Heritage site

 

  Béziers - known for the flight of 9 locks on the Canal   (Ecluses de Fonserannes), also its 13th century   cathedral 'with attitude', the site of infamous Cathar   atrocities (Simon de Montfort’s statement of ‘Kill them   all, God will recognise his own’). Window-shop   through the lovely little back-streets, stop for a drink   on the Allée Paul Riquet, and visit the must-see   flower market on a Friday.

 


Perpignan – the French heart of Catalonia, Rugby (USAP and Catalan Dragons), Palais des Rois de Majorque - basically history in bucket-loads.

 

Canoeing - white water fun on the River Orb at Cessenon and Roquebrun.

 

Golf courses – Carcassonne and Beziers – not forgetting the championship Pitch & Putt in Narbonne!

 


Further afield but generally less than two hours:

Many historical sites, included the Cathar castles of Peyrepertuse, Queribus and Puylaurens amongst others; learn about the Knights Templar, the mysteries of Rennes-le-Château, and Bugarach.

 

Castelnaudary, famed for its Cassoulet (a slow-cooked rich casserole with duck, white haricot beans, country sausage).

 

The villages of the rugged Côte Vermeille - Collioure, Port Vendres and Banyuls.

 

In the Hérault - Pezenas, Cap d’Agde, Marseillan (home of Noilly Prat Vermouth) and the busy port of Sète.

 

Heading south towards Spain, La Jonquera and Le Perthus for cheap drinks and smokes; art history in Ceret (Musée d’Art Moderne) then on to Figueres and Port Lligat for Salvador Dali’s Museum and summer home.

 

The Millau viaduct, designed by Sir Norman Foster, the highest bridge in the world (as we went to press), and very well worth the detour.

 

Toulouse - la ville rose (the pink town) – home of Airbus and a big rugby stronghold!!

 

And finally, around 3 hours away:

Andorra, in the heart of the Pyrenees, for more duty-free shopping – and good skiing in winter with your hosts Nick and Isobel.