For over 6000years humans have impacted this area, bushman paintings and dolmens are proof of this. The Celts, Romans, Visigoths, Moors and Franks have all left their mark on this area.

Many places are witness to a very rich history :

  • Medieval Cities: Carcassonne, Narbonne, Béziers
  • Medieval villages: Minerve, Caunes- en Rieux-Minervois, Azille, Homps, Lagrasse, Rennes-le-Château
  • Medieval (Cathar) casles : Lastours, Peyrepertuse, Quéribus
  • Celtic, Roman and Medieval archaeological sites : Ensérune, Amphoralis, Centeille

In this area it is possible to relive the mysterious history of the Templars and the Cathars, of The Holy Grail and the Catholic Church.

Also a visit to the Canal du Midi, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is really worth while, whether on a boat trip or a bike ride along the shady banks under the plane trees. There are also the many impressive works of engineering from the 17th century, such as the staircase locks and aqueducts and tunnels.

Make contact with Occitanya to discover some of these hidden pearls.