Corbières
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Corbières
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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 and the breathtaking Gorges de Galamus.

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.

Sightseeing;

- Château de Peyrepertuse
- Ille-sur-Têt - Les Orgues
- Château de Queribus
- Les Gorges de Galamus
- Cucugnan
- Lagrasse
- Abbaye Sainte-Marie de Lagrasse
- Abbaye de Fontfroide
- Lézignan-Corbières
- Réserve africaine de Sigean
- Narbonne
- Musée de Préhistoire de Tautavel
- Tuchan
- Terra Vinea



Corbières

A.O.P. Corbières

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Cucugnan

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Lagrasse

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