What to do when it's too hot
You want to make the most of it, get out for a stroll and explore Aude, but the sun is beating down a little too hard.
Here are a few ideas for visits and activities you can do even in very hot weather.
You can, of course, also avoid going out during the hottest part of the day. Enjoy walks in the countryside in the morning, and then more sedate activities in the afternoon.
In the shade of old buildings
Visiting the abbeys of Cathar Country or the château of Villerouge-Termenès is also a good way to keep cool. The thick walls of these centuries-old buildings retain the cool air, making the experience all the more enjoyable!
The underground cellars at Terra Vinea are also a good option for a refreshing visit.
Don’t forget night-time tours. In Carcassonne, you can wander through the narrow streets of the medieval town by lantern light, accompanied by your guide. A romantic, magical atmosphere is guaranteed!
Lakes and water sport activities
You may be outside, but you’ll feel refreshed by being next to the water or in the water. There are many lakes in the Aude department where swimming is allowed and which are supervised. These include Cavayère in Carcassonne, Lampy or Birotos lakes in the Montagne Noire, Belcaire lake, Saint Bertrand lake in Quillan in the Pyrenees, and Jouarres lake in Azille.
More sporty activities
Canyoning and river descents (white-water sports such as rafting, etc.) are available in Corbières and the Haute Vallée de l’Aude. Canoe trips are also available on the quieter part of the Aude, starting from Puichéric.
The air is always a little fresher if you go on a boat trip out to sea. A good tip is hopping on board the Azur in Leucate and setting off to see large marine mammals, such as dolphins.
In Gruissan, you can hire an electric boat without a licence and set off on a one-hour or half-day trip, with the option of swimming and having a picnic on board.
Walking in the shade
Shaded forest walks are another way of staying out of the sun’s scorching rays. Options include the interactive hike to the Col de Campérié in the Aude Pyrenees or along the Rigole in the Montagne Noire. The forests of Hautes-Corbières near Salza and Albières are also a good option for walking under the trees.
Visits to tasting cellars
The temperature here is always kept at a moderate level to ensure that the wines mature properly. It’s a great opportunity to discover new appellations or your favourite small estate, and to take a few bottles home with you! Enjoy in moderation, of course, as alcohol should be avoided in hot weather.
Looking after yourself in hot weather
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