Bellegarde du Razes

A small and peaceful medieval 'Circulade', besieged in turn by Simon de Montfort (leader of the Albigensian Crusade against the Cathars) and the Black Prince on his famous 'Chevauchée' from coast to coast.

BELLEGARDE-DU-RAZES enjoys excellent views of the Pyrenees and Black Mountains and is surrounded by gentle rolling countryside, vineyards and sunflower fields. It is conveniently situated 5k west of BELVEZE- DU- RAZES on the Dl8 and only 15 minutes from the A61 Autoroute. Take some time to wander around the village and chat to the friendly local people.

The unique and charming clock chimes must be heard! From the village you can enjoy walking, cycling or have use of the sports pitch - football, volley ball, basket ball and of course boules pitch. Here you can join in the local weekly BBQ if you wish.

The village has a post office and public telephone and, in addition, a comprehensive range of shops, bank, chemist and cafe can be found in the larger village of BELVEZE. This is only 3 miles away and also has a leisure lake, tennis courts, public swimming pool and other amenities, including English-speaking doctor and dentist. THE LANGUEDOC and THE RAZES in particular has to be one of Southern France's best kept secrets.It covers quite a small area of the Aude but includes some of the loveliest scenery in the region.

It is in the very heart of the land of the Cathars, with most of the castles within easy reach. They are a magnificent and moving sight, perched upon craggy hilltops and have stunning and far reaching views.

This beautiful area with its vineyards,sunflower fields and hill top villages is all on your doorstep.

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The Surrounding Area



You are ideally placed for day trips to busy Mediterranean resorts, to often deserted beaches or even into Spain via Andorra and the Pyrenees.

But close at hand you find some of the most spectacular scenery, fascinating wildlife and historic architecture that France has to offer. The tranquil Canal du Midi wends its way towards the Mediterranean and is perfect for walking,cycling or hiring a boat for the day.



The local wines can be tasted at most of the Domaines and especially recommended is the Blanquette de Limoux - a sparkling wine made by a process older than that of champagne.



Nearby towns such as Mirepoix, Carcassonne and Limoux are full of character, exuding a sense of timelessness, particularly at the busy weekly markets where the local patois is an intriguing mixture of French, Catalan and Occitan.




The wonderful cite of Toulouse is nearby for a day trip with it's beautiful squares, winding streets and and shops, cafes and restaurants.

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The Mediterranean

The Mediterranean coast is approximately an hour away.