Corbières
[Corbieres]

Corbières
Pays Touristiques de Corbières en Minervois   Corbières        Communes Corbières en Méditerranée
 

The Corbières is of course world famous for its wine. The good soil and excellent weather conditions are perfect for viniculture. The area is covered with vineries, huge pieces of earth gliding along with the sloping landscape which is so characteristic for the Corbières.
 
  There are, however, also mountainous areas such as the Montagne d'Alaric and the lower Pyrenees. In these mountains lie medieval villa-ges and ancient fortresses. An old legend speaks of the Visigotic king Alaric II, who was buried in a cave underneath his castle at Miramont in the Montagne d'Alaric, together with his treasures. Corbières
  The capital Narbonne has been inhabited since ancient times. The Romans turned it into a flourishing port. From Roman times there are little remains. Largely because the ancient buildings were later used as quarries for medieval buildings. However, there are a few farms which are still standing on Roman found-ations. These used to be Roman villas and you can still see the villa like shape when you look close. Today, Narbonne is a coy shopping town with a beautiful cathedral (do not forget to take a look at the cloisters) and several medieval buildings.

About 15 km south of Narbonne lies Sigean, known for its wonderful safari park 'Réserve Africaine de Sigean'. It welcomes visitors the whole year round from as early as 9.00 hours. The park provides a comfortable habitat for lions, elephants, South African Springbok, chimpanzees, flamingos, ostriches, giraffes, pelicans, rhinos, black bears and many other wild animals. You can drive through the park with your car. There is a restaurant and an information desk. A wonderful day out!
  Lagrasse The deserted mountains of the Corbières have been a favorite settling place for monasteries. Abbeys such as Lagrasse and Fontfroide were very rich. It is a great idea to explore Fontfroide in the morning and dive into the Mediterranean at Narbonne Plage or Gruissan Plage in the afternoon.
The coastal strip of the Corbières is huge. From Narbonne Plage where the July and August months can be quite crowded, to the south, there are vast beaches with enough space for thousands of seaside lovers.

But do take refreshments with you, there are little or no facilities near most of the less crowded beaches.
 
At the foothills of the Pyrenees lies the cradle of the European caveman, Tautavel man.

This earliest European lived around 450.000 years ago in the high and dry areas in caves.

The museum of Tautavel is impressive.
The museum of Tautavel is impressive.
  The remains of the famous Tautavel man.
Here, apart of the remains of the famous Tautavel man, several finds are displayed which were discovered in caves in the area.

In the village there are several restaurants, so you can have your lunch here before or after you visit the museum.
  You can plan a beautiful roundtrip through the Corbières.

Visit the museum of Tautavel as well as the impressive organ pipes at Ille-sur-Tet near Bélesta and the breathtaking Galamus Gorge.

Impressive Cathar castles are balancing on sharp ridges, such as Peyrepertuse and Queribus.
The impressive organ pipes at Ille-sur-Tet near Bélesta.
There are also many chateaus where you can taste their wines and perhaps take a few bottles home.

- Château de Peyrepertuse
- Ermitage Saint-Antoine dans les Gorges de Galamus
- Château de Queribus
- Saint Paul de Fenouillet
- Pyrénées Outdoor Rafting
- Cucugnan
- Lagrasse
- Abbaye Sainte-Marie de Lagrasse
- Abbaye de Fontfroide
- Lézignan-Corbières
- Camplong d'Aude
- Réserve africaine de Sigean
- Narbonne
- Tautavel
- Tuchan
- Durban-Corbières



Corbières

A.O.C. Corbières

The Corbières is one of the wildest areas of France with one of the lowest population densities. It is picturesque with wine growing areas alternating with garigue and mountainous countryside. It is located mainly in the Aude département and partly in the Pyrénées-Orientales département. The River Aude borders the Corbières to the west and north. To the south is the River Agly and to the east the the Mediterranean Sea. The name Corbières comes from "cor" a pre-Celtic word meaning "rock" and "berre" from the River Berre which runs through Durban. The eastern part of the Corbières with its Etangs, borders the the Mediterranean Sea and is called the Corbières maritimes. It has its own distinctive climate and characteristic vegetation known as thermomediterranean vegetation...


Vin de Pays d’Oc,
Vin de Pays de l’Aude

Vin de Pays d’Oc, Vin de Pays de l’Aude

Vin de Pays means 'country wine' to the French, but to outsiders it can mean New World with a French accent. These are the wines which the French authorities unreservedly allow to be labelled with the grape variety from which they were made. It is difficult to over-estimate the importance of this large and growing category of wines for the future of the French wine trade. The French themselves may have tended to see any Vin de Pays as distinctly inferior to any appellation contrôlée wine, whereas many of their customers abroad see the better Vins de Pays as good-value, user-friendly, sometimes high-quality non-conformist emissaries from the world's most revered wine producer....




 
Auberge
du Vieux Puits

Auberge du Vieux Puits - Fontjoncouse





If you love excellent food and wine, then there can be no finer restaurant in the South of France as Auberge du Vieux Puits. This 3 star Michelin restaurant is run by the celebrated French chef, Gilles Goujon. I can not recommend this restaurant highly enough. The food, the service, the wine, the cheese . . . all were excellent. Nobody has given Gilles Goujon anything for free. On the contrary. In a bucolic atmosphere far from the mundane noise, in an austere building –sold by the tiny Town Hall– he has been progressively restoring for a decade, he has been able to captivate plenty of customers and reach the top of the French guides: 5 hats in Gault Millau and 3 stars in Michelin. We can say we are before a self-made man who had to fight and sweat blood to reach fame; a fame very few chefs deserve so clearly....


Hostellerie des Corbières

Hostellerie des Corbières - Lagrasse



Stop yourself in Lagrasse, ranked one of France’s most beautiful villages, in the heart of the Corbières mountain, and discover this old Master House that is Hostellerie des Corbières. Alexandra et Julien ORACZ will welcome you with good temper and generosity. Our 6 rooms, decorated in a comfortable Louis Philippe style, are all equiped with shower room and toilet, ceiling ventilation, complimentary tea and coffee making facilities, telephone and WIFI free access. Lagrasse is a village rich in history and culture where the tripper seek calm and relaxation; so, there is no TV in each room...


Restaurant
La Talariane

Restaurant La Talariane - Talairan



Welcome to the restaurant La Talariane located in Talairan. We are welcome you in the green heart of the Corbières and the entrance of the Cathar country. We invite you to have a good time while enjoying our specialties and regional dishes: scrambled eggs with truffle essence and parmesan, crisps ham, cream of vegetables in season with his ice cream with olive oil , cassoulet terrine, gardianne bull, paella royale, specialties around the beef (rib bone and rib)... Discover a relaxed and friendly atmosphere and a beautiful setting and a shaded terrace....


Les Terrasses
de la Berre

Les Terrasses de la Berre - Portel des Corbières



The owners of Les Terrasses de la Berre gives you a warm welcome. This charming restaurant is a small cosy place with a fireplace, badly needed, because it was lashing rain outside. They have a lovely menu. Salads for starters, a selection of lovely local cheeses and its majesty, the local specialty Cassoulet, what a culinary experience. Nice place, in a nice village, run by lovely people and fantastic food.... you happen to pass by, this is a must try place... The restaurant has multiple small terraces overlooking the Berre. Note that the unusable terraces are the days of high winds. Summer must be reserved for certain of being placed...


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