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Bike itinerary - Castelnaudary and its surroundings

Publié le : 08/20/2019 14:59:04
Catégories : Visites

Bike itinerary - Castelnaudary and its surroundings

Duration: 1 day

Distance: 48 km, about 3h30 by bike

Difficulty: Medium


Located in the heart of the Aude department, Castelnaudary is part of the former province of Lauragais, the birthplace of Catharism.

The city, known as the world capital of cassoulet, is also an emblematic place on the Canal du Midi.

Whether you are roaming on the Canal du Midi or spending a few days in Castelnaudary, we invite you to take the time to visit this city that is worth knowing.
On this itinerary, discover Castelnaudary and its surroundings, which hide many treasures.

Passing through Castelnaudary or after picking up your bicycles, at the Paulette agency, which is located in the guest house of the "Grand Bassin", 301 Quai Edmond Combes; go and visit the small town.

Start by walking along the body of water of the same name, which faces the accommodation.

You will contemplate the reflections of its houses on the water at the edge of the quays. The port is an important place on the Canal du Midi.

In front of this 7 hectare port, go to your right. Along the canal you will see the four Saint-Roch locks.

Dated 1678, the building is the only one with four airlocks that gradually allow a 10-metre drop.

The shaded lock is the second largest in France.

Go back to the city centre. At 1.5 km from the lock, on the highest point of the village, is the pretty windmill of Cugarel.
Divided between the Atlantic and Mediterranean climates, the Lauragais is the place in France where the wind blows most frequently. The site offers a magnificent view of the old battlefield, the surrounding valleys and hills.

If you discover Castelnaudary in summer, guided tours are organised.

Picnic on the heights of the city then visit the Abbey of Saint Papoul.

The work is located 8 km from Castelnaudary.

The architectural complex dating from the 8th century has been redesigned several times.
Founded by Benedictine monks, the monument consists of a cloister typical of Languedoc art, a church with a Baroque choir and an old refectory transformed into an exhibition space.

Then join the Cathar castle of Saissac at the entrance of the Black Mountain.

After 14 kilometres by bike, admire the castle, or rather its ruins, surrounded by vegetation. The monument dominates its rocky promontory.

In the distance stands the Pyrenees mountain range. The fortification is the oldest and one of the largest Cathar castles.

Visit the castle. The museum offers an exhibition on objects and tools that evoke the traditional crafts of the region.

Finally, return to Castelnaudary to drop off your bicycles at the "Grand Bassin" or continue your journey on the Canal du Midi.

If you are staying in the city, we recommend this address for the night. Beautiful view and charming host await you there.

The house offers a 10% discount to Paulette customers who wish, upon presentation of their contract.

To benefit from it, all the person has to do is book their room on the website and enter the following promotional coupon: Paulette19.

To end the day, we recommend that you dine at the restaurant "Chez David". Test the dish that has made the city famous.

The dish has been celebrated every year in August since 2000. Don't miss the activities of the Cassoulet Festival if you are staying in the city from August 20th to 25th.

Do you want to follow this route with your application or GPS? Feel free to consult our itinerary here and download it in GPX format!


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