Itinerary La Malepère
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Route La Malepère
Route La Malepère
  “La Malepère, land of vineyards, woods, and stone.” Small valleys, harmonious landscapes, where you can see forever, as far as the Pyrenees!  
La Malepère

Number of kilometres: 55 km
Total visiting time: 3 hours
Suitable for: everyone
  The Massif de la Malepère (registered NATURA 2000 for its orchids and 3 species of bat) offers nature-lovers some superb views over the Aude county and its historical villages.
  Blessed with a climate which is subject to Mediterranean and Atlantic influences, the land produces excellent Cru Malepère AOC wines.

Map - Route La Malepère
 
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>> When leaving Carcassonne, take the Limoux road (D118) then 2 km after leaving town, turn right towards Lavalette (D18), go through the village towards Alairac (D211).
  La Circulade d'Alairac La Circulade d'Alairac:
The village has a rich architectural and historical heritage : the circulade(circular village) of the Rond Saint Germain, the 13th century church with its Romanesque bell-tower and beautiful gothic porch. Listed crosses in the village (documentation about the circulade d’Alairac available at the grocer’s or the town hall).

>> Go towards the bottom of the village and take the D211 towards Arzens:
 
 
Arzens:
Arzens
  Saint Génès church (Languedoc type with square bell-tower and 13th century spiral staircase). Admire the tower of the castle (16th century) with its geminate window and the 17th century St Jacquaires pilgrim’s cross. Large cooperative cellar which combines tradition and modernism, pleasant modern wine cellar (wine-tasting, purchase), possibility to book a visit to the cellar. (Phone 04.68.76.71.74)
  >> Take the D211, then the D119 towards Montréal: Montréal
  Montréal Montréal:
Park near the Maison du Tourisme and continue by foot. Montréal used to be a spiritual centre and is, today, a halt on the Paths to St Jacques de Compostelle. The superb fortified Saint Vincent’s collegiate church, in the gothic meridional style, built in 1318, not only dominates the village by its great size but also by its location overlooking the Lauragais plains : admire the portal with its many sculptures (16th century), the impressive nave (22 m wide by 53 m long for a total length of 80 metres!), which is bordered by 13 side chapels and continues to a polygonal apse, its walls entirely covered by frescoes, as well as the remarkable Grand Organ.

To see also : the facade of the town hall (18th century house: in the courtyard there are handsome grain measures), chapel of the Angels, as well...
 
WINE STOP:
Continue driving out of the village (D211) towards Fanjeaux, then follow the signs to the Le Fort vineyard (12th century fortified bastide). Wine-tasting in the cellar of the old Castle, Malepère AOC wines for sale.

A.O.C. Malepère

Red Wine
= Red Wine

White Wine
= White Wine

Rosé
= Rosé
>> Go back the way you came, and in Montréal, take the street on the right indicating ‘salle polyvalente’.

At the roundabout, go straight ahead towards the ‘Bergerie du Chapitre’, recommended halt at:

The 'Bergerie ' du Bois du Chapitre: Botanical walk: the path starts at the place called ‘La Bergerie’ with its two listed oak trees planted during the reign of Louis XIII (picnic area, water, fireplace) and is a wonderful place to discover the wealth of the massif vegetation (viewpoint : Fanjeaux, the Razès, the Pyrenees). This family walk takes about 1.5 hours.

>> On the road again towards Montclar and you will see the massif de la Malepère:

  The Massif de la Malepère: The Massif de la Malepère
The road rises through woods, fields and farms. At the Montclar-Villarzel crossroads, it is possible to drive towards Villarzel and 350 m to the left, there is a parking area with a superb view. Remarkable panorama of the Razès, the Corbières (Bugarach peak) and the Pyrenees (Canigou, Madres, Carlit, Saint Barthélémy).

>> Some kilometres further along the crest of La Malepère, the road winds through woods of scrubby green oaks to come out onto an open landscape of hills surrounding the small picturesque village of Montclar

Montclar:

Typical village of la Malepère, built on the heights. Open access to the circular village with its original houses, the church dating from the 12th and 14th centuries (dedicated to St Julien and Ste Basilisse, handsome altar in pink marble from Caunes-Minervois, 2 listed paintings on the western wall, visible traces of the old wooden ceiling) and small pretty town square.

>> Return to Carcassonne on the D43 and the D118.
 
Tasting Wines
A.O.C. Malepère
Arzens - Cave La Malepère - Phone 04.68.76.71.71
Montréal - Domaine Le Fort - Route de Bram D63 Montréal - Phone 04.68.76.20.11
  Short detour, wines and tourism Le Pays Cathare  Pays Carcassonnais
• Alaigne - Maison des Terroirs/Syndicat du Cru Malepère au Domaine de Cazes (Experimental vineyard and ecological walking circuit) - Phone 04.68.69.11.56
• Cavanac Vignobles de Carsac - Phone 04.68.79.61.18
  Prouille Monastery Local Produce
Montréal - la Caverne du Dominicain delicious halt - Phone 04.68.76.31.10
Montréal - Meats, Small-goods, Roasts, Cheeses Ferrai- Phone 04.68.76.20.45

Activitiesn

Walking and mountain-biking circuits
Walking circuit - Santiago de Compostella pathway GR78 (lecture once a year)

Arzens - Guided visit of the cellar “La Malepère” in Arzens - Phone 04.68.76.71.71
Montréal - Visit of painter/sculptor’s studio Marie Claire Touya - Phone 04 68 76 29 61
Montréal - Wine workshops at the Domaine Le Fort (booking necessary)! - Phone 04.68.76.20.11
Montréal - Visit of the du Barry studio Painting on porcelain - Phone 06.03.16.44.83
  Worth seeing nearby: Eburomagus - Maison de l’Archéologie à Bram
Fanjeaux and the Prouille Monastery: Cathar and Dominican spiritual centres
Abbaye de Saint Hilaire
Eburomagus - Maison de l’Archéologie in Bram (Archeology exhibits) - Phone 04.68.78.91.19
• Handmade pottery in Belvèze du Razès: visit of the former tile factory with its workshop - Phone 04.68.69.02.02

- The Medieval city of Carcassonne, 'La Cité'
- Carcassonne, la Bastide Saint-Louis
- Alet les Bains
- Saint-Hilaire
- Limoux
- Canal du Midi
- Le Musée des Dinosaures d'Espéraza
- Lac de la Cavayère

Remarkable ‘circulades’- circular villages

- On the Dominican Path: La Force, Villeneuve les Montréal, Lasserre de Prouilhe.
- Alaigne
 
Calendar - Festivals
Bandas Festival in Montréal
March
• “Le Printemps des Notes“
• World music in Alairac.

May

• Bandas Festival in Montréal

June

• Les Estivales - Conférences à Arzens

July/August
• Festival International de Folklore à Montréal

August

• Organ Concerts in Montréal

Late April to mid-June

• “Le Circulade en Circulade ” - Cultural events in 15 circular villages.

October to May

• L’Oreille du Hibou - Theatre and Concert season in Montréal - Phone 09.51.15.36.75
 
Restaurants
Cassoulet
Arzens - Restaurant L'Arzenais - Phone 04.68.76.27.93
Bram - Auberge Montplaisir* - Phone 04.68.76.12.75
Bram - Castel Nautique * - Phone 04.68.76.73.34
Bram - Chez Alain * - Phone 04.68.76.12.75
Bram - Chez Nena * - Phone 06.77.53.19.12
Bram - Ferme Auberge du Pigne * - Phone 04.68.76.10.25
Bram - Le Clos saint Loup * - Phone 04.68.76.11.91
Bram - Le petit Gourmand * - Phone 04.68.79.09.82
Bram - Pizza Pedro * - Phone 04.68.78.27.19
Bram - Pizza Rapido * - Phone 04.68.76.16.67
Bram - Saveurs d'Asie * - Phone 04.68.78.29.47
Brugairolles - Domaine Gayda ** - Phone 04.68.20.65.87
Fanjeaux - La Table Cathare * - Phone 04.68.24.62.46
Fanjeaux - La Belvédère * - Phone 04.68.78.29.47
Montréal - L'Auberge du Dominicain * - Phone 04.68.76.31.10
Pezens - Restaurant l'Ambrosia *** - Phone 04.68.24.92.53
Preixan - Auberge Le Relais de Preixan ** - Phone 4.68.26.35.54
Bon voyage!!
 
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