The area has many interesting cultural activities. In this region folk have not lost the Art of Living !
Carcassonne, the citadel with the 26 towers was classified by UNESCO in 1997 as a World Heritage Site. There are medieval architecture, Cathar castles such as Montségur, Aguilar, Lastours (nearby), Quéribus,Puivert, Peyrepertuse...
Montolieu, (the Hay-on-Wye of France) is the City of the Book, with calligraphers, engravers, printers, bookbinders, and sellers of new and second hand books.
There are 11 abbeys (Fontfroide, St Hilaire, Lagrasse, Baraigne, St Papoul...) and more than 20 Romanesque churches
Canal du Midi
Visit Font-Romeu, with it geant solar oven and the unique little yellow railway of Cerdagne -with request stops- !
the Pyrenees and Spain are an hour and a half away by car ; the Med less than an hour.
There are festivals of music and theatre (Festival de Carcassonne)
Impressive caves and pits (Limousis, Cabrespine, Aguzou...)
excursions, rivers trips, sailboarding, parapenting, fossiling, climbing, horse riding, rafting.
Gastronomy: Well-known wines like Corbières, Fitou, Minervois and others, local cheeses, charcuterie, chestnuts and mushrooms, the famous cassoulet and so many other specialities : poultry produce, honey, foie gras.... Small local villages markets will sell you local, natural products.
You might also like to eat out at some excellent local restaurants.
Within a relatively small area you will pass from beech to olive tree, limestone to schist, moor to fir
plantation, tile to slate, Mediterranean climate to Atlantic.
walking in the Montagne Noire