Castles & Ruins

The Minervois is littered with ruined castles in addition to the spectacularly ‘repaired’ old fortress city of ancient Carcassonne, La Cité. “the famous words of Gustave Nadaud: Il ne faut pas mourir sans avoir vu Carcassonne” are brought to mind by one of the characters in Kate Mosse’s book Sepulchre (Orion, 2007) page 420. This […]

Carcassonne Market

Every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday mornings this large fruit, flowers, herbs and vegetables market is held in the Place Carnot — the centre of modern Carcassonne. Car parking is available all around this central area, but from Caunes a handy, quick and congestion-free strategy is to drive in along the D118 coming from Caunes on […]

Local Scenery

The Canal du Midi, which is a major part of the waterway connecting the Meditterranean with the Atlantic, snakes through the Minervois. Apart from the obvious boating pleasures, its shaded towpaths provide delightful walking and cycling routes. It is, however, vineyards that dominate the Minervois landscape, but not unrelenting vast-scale plantings. The patchwork of vineyards […]

Restaurants in the Minervois

In summer, Caunes offers a wide variety of places to eat, and all just a short walk away:  A local British chef, Linda Wearn, runs and personally cooks all of the small selection of dishes (changed daily) in the excellent La Table d’Emilie. The Hotel D’Alibert, located in the medieval village centre, has a good […]