The Minervois Region and Beyond
Azille is in the Aude Department of the Occitanie administrative region of France, famous for its food, wine and architecture.
It is an easy drive from Azille to the historic and famous walled town and castle of Carcassonne. The Cathar trail (Les Pays Cathare) runs through the region and there are many historic remains and reminders of the Cathars throughout, including the 4 spectacular ruined Chateaux at Lastours. There are also many weekly produce markets, regular antiques and bric-a-brac markets in towns within an easy drive, as well as golf courses near Beziers and Carcassonne; and hiking opportunities in the Montagne Noir.
Further afield there is even more to explore within and an hour or two. Take a day trip from Azille and find a wide range of sights and activities, even a visit to the Pyrenees Mountains or Spain. The nearest Euro-region airports are Carcassonne and Toulouse, and the nearest long-haul international airport is Barcelona.
Minerve is a striking fortified medieval Cathar village in a very picturesque location. Explore the fortifications and visit shops, galleries, cafes and restaurants.
Carcassonne is a must-see World Heritage listed town and castle. The Cité de Carcassonne is the largest intact walled city in Europe.
Lastours is in the Montagne Noir with 4 spectacular ruined Chateaux (castles) overlooking the lovely town. Walk up and explore the Chateaux first-hand.
Picturesque Narbonne has a cathedral, archeological museum and Roman ruins. Sightsee and eat at a bar in the central market – open every day of the year.
Enjoy the sights and 13th century St-Nazaire Cathédrale in the old centre of Béziers. See boats navigating the eight sequential canal locks just outside town.
Gruissan is a pretty coastal town with remains of an old fort offering great views of the area. Enjoy a delicious meal of fresh seafood at a local restaurant.