Try a new experience, exploring by electric bike and discovering scenery to take your breath away. Swim, enjoy nature, visit a listed village, a gem of Cathar Country…
Amid vines and garrigue, the region of Corbières invites you to meet the winegrowers, taste our wines and take some home to your cellar!
Take to the saddle!
Exploring the Corbières mountains
Armed with helmet, memorised instructions and plenty of enthusiasm, we’re ready to explore the Corbières paths.
The itinerary is perfect for this, with hills, garrigue and grapevines… The gentle climb takes little effort (thanks to the Ebike) and the scenery is superb! The vineyard spreads out below Mount Alaric…
The descents get the adrenalin flowing, our faces are cooled by the fresh air, our bodies warmed by the sun, and scents of garrigue, lavender and thyme surround us… Pure pleasure!
Tastings and authentic encounters
Time to stop for a taste
A well-deserved break at Domaine des Cascades in Ribaute. Young winegrowers Sylvie and Laurent welcome us with a smile to their organic wine and beer tasting cellar. They are delighted to share their passion for working the land. Wines, organic vegetables, and craft beer brewed on the estate in a copper cauldron… These are amazing winegrowers!
The Domaine des Cascades, a producer of excellence, boasts the following quality labels:
- The Aude brand, “Pays Cathare”
- The national label, Vignobles & Découvertes.
Stunning panoramic views
Direction Lagrasse. The electrical assistance proves to be a necessity on the final ascent. But the reward at the top is a picture postcard landscape of the village nestling at the bottom of the valley!
Panoramic shots and selfies done, the descent becomes a mad race to the bottom where the last to arrive has to buy the coffee!
a Medieval gem
Most beautiful villages in France
Now on foot, the cobblestone alleys of Lagrasse suggest a medieval walk out of time. The abbey and narrow streets are an invitation to wander. A waymarked itinerary leads to the heart of the town. Behind a majestic door, the Maison du Patrimoine hides a little-known treasure: its painted coffered ceilings This is a total immersion in the Middle Ages.
Abbey and medieval towns
the largest Benedictine abbey in Medieval Languedoc
An Lagrasse, the abbey stands opposite the village. The abbey and medieval towns are now all part of a “Sites of Cathar Country” network.
Abbey living quarters, chapel, dormitory … well worth a visit !
Togetherness at the market
You’ll be drawn to the musical accent and the southern feel as the market unfurls in the Medieval market halls! The mouthwatering sight of seasonal fruit and vegetables, charcuterie, cheese and honey… A chance for the local people of Corbières and Minervois to meet and catch up on the latest gossip. So there’s chatting galore as the shopping baskets fill up to the brim!
A lazy moment
Fun in the water
Batteries recharged, we head for Ribaute. Shush … this village has a heavenly little secret spot. Below are some amazing natural pools. A quick balancing act across the rocks and you’re right in the middle of the river. This is the refreshing bit. Under the hot sun, a swim and a water fight are just what’s needed! Time stands still in the Corbières…
What the expert says
My tip: For your excursion, remember to wear suitable shoes and bring a bottle of water, as well as sun cream in the summer season.