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Guidebook for Puivert

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Guidebook for Puivert

Drinks & Nightlife
Within walking distance...
Lovely local brewery selling specialist beer, wine and often providing live music. Within walking distance.
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Brasserie du Quercorb (BDQ Taproom & Kitchen)
4 Route Départementale 117
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Lovely local brewery selling specialist beer, wine and often providing live music. Within walking distance.
Cultural cafe for a taste of France. Music and food at the weekends. Within walking distance.
Café Culturel Chez Marius
23 Route Départementale 117
Cultural cafe for a taste of France. Music and food at the weekends. Within walking distance.
Great bar serving home cooked food, drinks, and entertainment throughout the weekend. 15 min drive.
Le Stop Pub Cafe
2 Rue des Barracous
Great bar serving home cooked food, drinks, and entertainment throughout the weekend. 15 min drive.
Parks & Nature
Beautiful local lake nice for walks and summer swimming. Within walking distance.
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Lac Puivert
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Beautiful local lake nice for walks and summer swimming. Within walking distance.
Large lake popular for watersports and fishing. 20 min drive.
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Lac de Montbel
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Large lake popular for watersports and fishing. 20 min drive.
Situated near the Puivert Castle, the Labyrinth is rich with historical and legendary landmarks. At the start of the path, you will see ruins of medieval windmills right next to the remains of a much more recent Nazi fort demolished by Allied bombings. Then you will travel to the land of legends, with natural wonders like “the squid oak,” “the harp fir tree,” “the fairy’s den,” “the witch’s rock,” “the great rock maze,” and “the ringed rock.” All of these sights are various flora and mineral oddities presented in the local language - Occitan - and explained in French through many descriptive signs. The Labyrinth is totally free, and part of the larger trek, “Le sentier Nature,” is itself a
Le Sentier Nature Et Le Labyrinthe Vert
6 Chemin du Moulin À Vent
Situated near the Puivert Castle, the Labyrinth is rich with historical and legendary landmarks. At the start of the path, you will see ruins of medieval windmills right next to the remains of a much more recent Nazi fort demolished by Allied bombings. Then you will travel to the land of legends, with natural wonders like “the squid oak,” “the harp fir tree,” “the fairy’s den,” “the witch’s rock,” “the great rock maze,” and “the ringed rock.” All of these sights are various flora and mineral oddities presented in the local language - Occitan - and explained in French through many descriptive signs. The Labyrinth is totally free, and part of the larger trek, “Le sentier Nature,” is itself a
A great sign posted 11km circular walk with 360 degree view points.
Roquefeuil
A great sign posted 11km circular walk with 360 degree view points.
Bathers have enjoyed the natural hot spring waters for thousands of years - they are still used today as a cure for rheumatism and certain skin problems.
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Rennes-les-Bains
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Bathers have enjoyed the natural hot spring waters for thousands of years - they are still used today as a cure for rheumatism and certain skin problems.
A must see chateau, a challenging hike up with outstanding views. The Château de Montségur is a former fortress near Montségur, a commune in the Ariège department in southern France. Its ruins are the site of a razed stronghold of the Cathars.
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Château de Montségur
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A must see chateau, a challenging hike up with outstanding views. The Château de Montségur is a former fortress near Montségur, a commune in the Ariège department in southern France. Its ruins are the site of a razed stronghold of the Cathars.
The Château de Puilaurens is one of the so-called Cathar castles in the commune of Lapradelle-Puilaurens in the Aude département. The castle is located above the Boulzane Valley and the villages of Lapradelle and Puilaurens. There is a path from Axat to the castle.
Lapradelle-Puilaurens
The Château de Puilaurens is one of the so-called Cathar castles in the commune of Lapradelle-Puilaurens in the Aude département. The castle is located above the Boulzane Valley and the villages of Lapradelle and Puilaurens. There is a path from Axat to the castle.
This Vaucluse fountain cascades into the cave for 36 minutes and 36 seconds, then stops for 32 minutes and 30 seconds. The change from almost zero flow to maximum flow and vice versa takes a few minutes. The subterranean pulsations responsible for this intermittence, only occur from July to October.
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Fountain Fontestorbes
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This Vaucluse fountain cascades into the cave for 36 minutes and 36 seconds, then stops for 32 minutes and 30 seconds. The change from almost zero flow to maximum flow and vice versa takes a few minutes. The subterranean pulsations responsible for this intermittence, only occur from July to October.
Sightseeing
Historical castle.
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Château de Puivert
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Historical castle.
Beautiful historic village... good for shopping, visiting the cathedral, and eating. Bustling market held every Monday morning full of French delights.
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Mirepoix
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Beautiful historic village... good for shopping, visiting the cathedral, and eating. Bustling market held every Monday morning full of French delights.
Carcassonne, a hilltop town in southern France’s Languedoc area, is famous for its medieval citadel, La Cité, with numerous watchtowers and double-walled fortifications. The first walls were built in Gallo-Roman times, with major additions made in the 13th and 14th centuries. Château Comtal, a 12th-century castle within the Cité, offers archaeological exhibits and a tour of the inner ramparts.
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Carcassonne
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Carcassonne, a hilltop town in southern France’s Languedoc area, is famous for its medieval citadel, La Cité, with numerous watchtowers and double-walled fortifications. The first walls were built in Gallo-Roman times, with major additions made in the 13th and 14th centuries. Château Comtal, a 12th-century castle within the Cité, offers archaeological exhibits and a tour of the inner ramparts.
Referred to as "Village of Books", Montolieu contains fifteen bookshops, mostly specializing in second-hand and antiquarian books. Here you can find two museums: - Musée des Arts et Métiers du livre - La coopérative - Collection Cérès FRANCO
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Montolieu
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Referred to as "Village of Books", Montolieu contains fifteen bookshops, mostly specializing in second-hand and antiquarian books. Here you can find two museums: - Musée des Arts et Métiers du livre - La coopérative - Collection Cérès FRANCO
Camon is a commune in the Ariège department in southwestern France. Nicknamed Little Carcassonne, it is one of the most beautiful villages of France. It is a 20 minute drive from the apartment.
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Camon
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Camon is a commune in the Ariège department in southwestern France. Nicknamed Little Carcassonne, it is one of the most beautiful villages of France. It is a 20 minute drive from the apartment.
Perched on a hilltop overlooking the untamed upper reaches of the Aude valley, Rennes-le-Château is cloaked in mysteries that have yet to be explained… Explore this timeless village and discover the extraordinary story of Father Bérenger Saunière, the humble priest who changed the course of Rennes-le-Château’s fortunes forever. Rennes-le-Château: a tour through history and an enduring enigma that will fascinate young and old alike.
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Rennes-le-Château
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Perched on a hilltop overlooking the untamed upper reaches of the Aude valley, Rennes-le-Château is cloaked in mysteries that have yet to be explained… Explore this timeless village and discover the extraordinary story of Father Bérenger Saunière, the humble priest who changed the course of Rennes-le-Château’s fortunes forever. Rennes-le-Château: a tour through history and an enduring enigma that will fascinate young and old alike.
Renowned for the benefits of its spring water, the charming medieval village of Alet-les-Bains, in the upper Aude valley, has beautiful stone and timber-framed houses, as seen in the picturesque square, the Place de la République. Not far from there stand the remains of an ancient Benedictine monastery, built in ochre sandstone, which was founded in the 9th century, the Abbey Cathedral of Our Lady of Alet: the romantic ruins of a Romanesque apse, the unfinished Gothic choir and the chapter house of the northern entrance. Fans of relaxation and swimming should be sure to sample the delights of the outdoor spring water swimming pool, which is open in July and August. Fans of whitewater sports can gleefully descend the Aude by canoe-kayak, raft or hydrospeed!
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Alet-les-Bains
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Renowned for the benefits of its spring water, the charming medieval village of Alet-les-Bains, in the upper Aude valley, has beautiful stone and timber-framed houses, as seen in the picturesque square, the Place de la République. Not far from there stand the remains of an ancient Benedictine monastery, built in ochre sandstone, which was founded in the 9th century, the Abbey Cathedral of Our Lady of Alet: the romantic ruins of a Romanesque apse, the unfinished Gothic choir and the chapter house of the northern entrance. Fans of relaxation and swimming should be sure to sample the delights of the outdoor spring water swimming pool, which is open in July and August. Fans of whitewater sports can gleefully descend the Aude by canoe-kayak, raft or hydrospeed!
Arts & Culture
This museum evokes everyday life in Quercorb and opens a window to medieval music, from the troubadours to the ars nova, polyphonic music. The atmosphere, objects and characters, transport you from rooms to gardens, from the Middle Ages to the present day.
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Musée du Quercorb
16 Rue du Barry du Lion
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This museum evokes everyday life in Quercorb and opens a window to medieval music, from the troubadours to the ars nova, polyphonic music. The atmosphere, objects and characters, transport you from rooms to gardens, from the Middle Ages to the present day.
The museum occupies the buildings of the first textile factory Lavelanet dating back to the 1800s: the Dumons plant, with a total area of ​​3500 m2.
Musée du Textile et du Peigne en Corne
65 Rue Jean Jaurès
The museum occupies the buildings of the first textile factory Lavelanet dating back to the 1800s: the Dumons plant, with a total area of ​​3500 m2.
Shopping
On Wednesdays in Quillan there is an Arts and Crafts market in the main square and on Saturday there is a food market in the car park at the Train station. During July and August there is also a Night market in the Place De la Republic square.
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Quillan
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On Wednesdays in Quillan there is an Arts and Crafts market in the main square and on Saturday there is a food market in the car park at the Train station. During July and August there is also a Night market in the Place De la Republic square.
A lively market on a Thursday and Sunday morning where you can find anything from hand made musical instruments, beautiful arts & crafts, and fresh produce.
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Espéraza
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A lively market on a Thursday and Sunday morning where you can find anything from hand made musical instruments, beautiful arts & crafts, and fresh produce.
Essentials
There are 2 butchers in Chalabre: - A la Bonne Saucisse - L'Entrecôte And two shops selling fresh fruit & vegetables, and essentials.
Chalabre
There are 2 butchers in Chalabre: - A la Bonne Saucisse - L'Entrecôte And two shops selling fresh fruit & vegetables, and essentials.
Open in the mornings for coffee, bread and pastries. Also a small selection of food goods to buy on the shelves at the back.
Café Culturel Chez Marius
23 Route Départementale 117
Open in the mornings for coffee, bread and pastries. Also a small selection of food goods to buy on the shelves at the back.
Food Scene
The Pamir is a local restaurant within walking distance. Serving Afghan food and pizzas. Adeline Et Yoan Traiteur is a local cafe and convenience store within walking distance offering delicious fresh bread, croissants and daily essentials.
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Puivert
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The Pamir is a local restaurant within walking distance. Serving Afghan food and pizzas. Adeline Et Yoan Traiteur is a local cafe and convenience store within walking distance offering delicious fresh bread, croissants and daily essentials.
Traditional fuss free pizzeria in Quillan. Very tasty!
Pizzeria Les Platanes
2 Avenue Pasteur
Traditional fuss free pizzeria in Quillan. Very tasty!
A high-end restaurant using local ingredients. Dine in the wonderfully atmospheric cloisters in the summer or the intimate dining room in the cooler months. https://www.chateaudecamon.com/
Abbaye de Camon
3 Place Philippe de Lévis
A high-end restaurant using local ingredients. Dine in the wonderfully atmospheric cloisters in the summer or the intimate dining room in the cooler months. https://www.chateaudecamon.com/
Offering lake side snacks and dinner thorough out the summer months.
La Buvette du Lac
Offering lake side snacks and dinner thorough out the summer months.
Local, traditional restaurant open for lunch and dinner in the summer season. Within walking distance.
LE REFUGE GOURMAND
Local, traditional restaurant open for lunch and dinner in the summer season. Within walking distance.
Fantastic restaurant for a sit in meal or take-away pizza. 20 min drive.
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La Galerie
12 Boulevard Jean Bourrel
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Fantastic restaurant for a sit in meal or take-away pizza. 20 min drive.
Sit amongst the farmers fields and feast on homemade, simple but delicious dishes. Often with live music in the Summer. Only open in the Summer season. 20 min drive.
La Camonette
54 Rue Grande Rue
Sit amongst the farmers fields and feast on homemade, simple but delicious dishes. Often with live music in the Summer. Only open in the Summer season. 20 min drive.
Highly recommend this restaurant... The Ariege & de Aude are an earthly paradise in terms of the range of local products. We therefore work as much as possible with organic and local fresh products. Our formula consists of a starter, main course and dessert. At every step you have a choice of meat, fish or a vegetarian choice.
Restaurant CreaMundo
25 Avenue de Mathil
Highly recommend this restaurant... The Ariege & de Aude are an earthly paradise in terms of the range of local products. We therefore work as much as possible with organic and local fresh products. Our formula consists of a starter, main course and dessert. At every step you have a choice of meat, fish or a vegetarian choice.