Randonnée La Draille - Caunes-Minervois
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Randonnée La Draille

La Draille - Caunes-Minervois

La Draille - Caunes-Minervois


La Draille - Caunes-Minervois

La Draille - Caunes-Minervois

La Draille - Caunes-Minervois

La Draille - Caunes-Minervois

 
La Draille - Caunes-Minervois

At the foot of the Montagne Noire, between vines and shrubs, Caunes-Minervois, a beautiful medieval village, famous for the quality of its red marble that was used to famous monuments such as the Grand Trianon at Versailles, Opera Garnier and the capitole of Toulouse, to name a few.

But Caunes-Minervois is also known for its former Benedictine Abbey, founded in 780. The abbey church with two bell towers, richly decorated with red marble from Caunes, has a wonderful romance apse from the 11th century, and a nice working portal from the 13th century. Apart from this architectural gem is also a cloister from the 18th century, a tomb with the remains of the first Carolingian church and monastic buildings from the 17th century.

After the visit of the abbey the time to stroll through the streets of Caunes-Minervois, surrounded by medieval and Renaissance houses. This is also the opportunity to admire the facades of the gorgeous old buildings, such as hotel Sicard from the 14th century, and hotel Alibert in the 15th and 16th centuries.

Notre-Dame du Cros at the Trausse road just outside Caunes Minervois should definitely not be missed. After about 400 to 500 meters on this road, outside the village, turn left at the intersection, then please skip the narrow road up along the water, leading to the Notre Dame du Cros (former pilgrimage). Right at the end there is a parking near the chapel, after approximately 2 km. Visit the chapel of Notre Dame du Cros, 12th century, built near a so-called "miraculous" source on the south side of the gorges in the valley of the river Cros...
  This is actually a route to the example of a draille: the footsteps of the flocks of sheep who flock to the Montagne Noire.

From the parking l'Esplanade de l'Europe.
(1) Take the road to Carcassonne (D620) for the gas station, turn right onto Chemin Du haut de la Cabrerisse and climb to the water tank. Continue along the path...
(2). Turn right at an old dry stone enclosure (Capitelles) and you pass an old marble quarry.
(3). Climb to Villegause  and go right at an old barn.
(4). Leave the path to the right to take a path through an oak forest. Arriving on a promontory (view Argent Double, Montbounous, Roc du moussu, Caunes minervois).
(5). Descend the Sentier du Calvaire, cross the stream, turn right to take the road to Citou.
(6). Climb to the maison forestière the Bibaud up near the buildings.
(7). Climb to the right through the pine trees to reach the Plateau des Terralbes.
(8). Descend to the right towards Caunes-Minervois.

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La Draille - Caunes-Minervois

La Draille - Caunes-Minervois

La Draille - Caunes-Minervois

La Draille - Caunes-Minervois
  Features:  
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- Distance
- 9,1 km
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- Mini Altitude
- 180 meter
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- Departure
- l'Esplanade de l'Europe
- Caunes-Minervois
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- Type
- Loop
a - Max Altitude
- 500 meter
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- Vertical drop
- 329 meter
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- Duration
- 3 Hours
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- Markup
- Yes
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- IGN reference
- 2344ET
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- Difficulty
- Easy
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- Coordinates
- 43.33662,
2.51918
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- Download GPS Track
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  Opening Randonnée La Draille - Caunes-Minervois:

- 01 january to 31 december
Qualité Tourisme Aude Tourisme Minervois Office de Tourisme Intercommunal du Haut-Minervois Pays Touristiques de Corbières en Minervois
 

Caunes-Minervois

L'abbaye de Caunes Minervois

Les Carrières et le Marbre - Caunes-Minervois

Les Carrières et le Marbre - Caunes-Minervois

Notre Dame du Cros

Notre Dame du Cros



Minervois

A.O.C. Minervois

The Minervois is one of the most ancient vineyards of the Mediterranean region. Indeed, its land was chosen by the Romans as providing ideal conditions for the first vines they planted in Languedoc Roussillon. Its name comes from the ancient city of Minerve, a stronghold built by the Romans and dedicated to the goddess Minerva. Since that time, many amphora shards and vestiges of cellars have been discovered, testimony to the importance of this vineyard. The region, austere in winter and redolent with sunshine in summer, has survived over the centuries its invasions by barbarians, Arabs and Christians. The essence of Minervois la Livinière, as in so many Midi appellations, is the blend; a marriage of different grape varieties that adds subtle nuance of flavour to the whole. Natural alcohol level must reach a minimum of 12% without enrichment (so no chaptalisation) and maximum yield is a modest 45 hl/ha. Ageing may be in barrel or vat, and unlike basic Minervois, the wine must be bottled at source, so cannot be sent off to a négociant elsewhere in France...


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....

 
  Randonnée La Draille
 
Leisure - Sports - Mountain walks - Snow-shoe walks - Hiking - Walking
 
Departure:
l'Esplanade de l'Europe
11160 Caunes Minervois

Phone +33 4.68.78.00.28
Fax +33 4.68.78.08.75 

Email -
mairie.de.caunes@wanadoo.fr

Website -
www.mairiedecaunes.fr

Campsite Municipal les Courtals

Campsite Municipal les Courtals - Caunes-Minervois



This municipal campsite features 32 shaded pitches with electricity, WC, showers, washing up area, children's play area, camper-van waste disposal facilities and football and tennis facilities nearby. Daily bread delivery. Fridge and freezer available at reception during opening hours from 7am to 10am and 5pm to 7pm. The village features a Romanesque abbey...


La Cantine du Curé

La Cantine du Curé - Caunes-Minervois



One of my favourite places in Caunes Minervois is La Cantine du Cure in the shadow of the Abbey. There is always a friendly face to welcome you and a little music keeping you company in the background. The staff are friendly and helpful and attentive and will assist you with your choice of fare - there is normally a choice of 3 or 4 tapas for €5 and perhaps 4 plats du jour (plate of the day)for €10 and normally ice cream for dessert.....


La Grande Fontaine

La Grande Fontaine - Caunes-Minervois



Located just down the hill on the main street, inside this is the local bar, while outside is a gathering place for tourists. A morning coffee can be fun. Buy the pastries across the street at the boulangerie, then order coffee. There's no problem with eating breakfast that you've purchased elsewhere, because the Grande Fontaine doesn't sell pasteries. An omelet and salad at noon can be very enjoyable and inexpensive, and full meals are available both at noon and in the evening. Reservations not normally necessary...


La Marbrerie

La Marbrerie - Caunes-Minervois

Guest Rooms - Bed & Breakfast - Gîtes - Chambres d'hôtesGuest Rooms - Bed & Breakfast - Gîtes - Chambres d'hôtes

Set of cottages on the floor of a building with character. All rooms have bathroom and WC, a desk, armchairs, a TV and a computer connected to the internet. La Marbrerie offers labeled country plates as a friendly and gourmet break! You will experience great moments of trading. The Country Platter, is a brand of "de Pays" developed in the network of tourist country. These operations structure of the tourism offer based on a vision of cross-country tourism development local planning and development of animation streams. In tribute to the activity of this building we expound in selling anything or is the Marble. Sculptures, decorative objects or usual, furniture, paintings on marble, paintings....


Hôtel d'Alibert

Hôtel d'Alibert - Caunes-Minervois



A vast residence Renaissance in the middle of the village of Caunes-Minervois. Eight rooms barely for nights of a peace which they had forgotten. For dinners under stars, courtyard in the sculpted galleries. Where, during winter, corner of a big chimney. An incomparable list of regional wines. The tracery of the alleyways which lead towards the very close garrigue, then of tracks of walkings in the Black Mountain. The sea that less than one hour; and Carcassonne, almost visible on the skyline. Everywhere around, the country Minervois. Will the hotel - restaurant of Alibert soon have the pleasure of receiving you?


Restaurant
L'Oustal à Citou

Restaurant L'Oustal à Citou - Citou



We aim to create a cosy, welcoming atmosphere to enable you to enjoy traditional cooking based on local quality products simply prepared, but not excluding a little sophistication and elegance. We welcome friends rather than customers ... enthusiasts of real cuisine, friends who enjoy generous dishes and who appreciate authentic flavours ... and who enjoy the atmosphere of our village in the mountains - our rural environment. See you soon ! ... in Citou....


Auberge La Table
des Vignerons

Auberge La Table des Vignerons - Trausse



Bar a Vins - Restaurant, La Table des Vignerons "Domaine Tour Trencavel" in the renovated Bureau of the old Cave Co-operative building. They serve well constructed meals, menus with choices & a la carte served with very reasonabley priced local wines. The warm welcome of the bosses, the decor classy and sober, daily menu renewed every day, garden products ... and the wine list at very reasonable rates. The gourmet menu (starter, main dish and dessert) is a feast! Opportunity to purchase wines from areas at the end of the meal. An address that we will refile word of mouth....


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