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

- 01 january to 31 december
Le Pays Cathare AOC-AOP Minervois Qualité Tourisme Occitanie La Région Occitanie/Pyrénées-Méditerranée La Région Languedoc-Roussillon - Sud de France
Mairie de Caunes-Minervois Mairie de Trausse-Minervois Syndicat du Cru Minervois Aude Tourisme Mairie de Villeneuve-Minervois
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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

Le Clos du Marbrier
Le Clos du Marbrier - Caunes-Minervois
A.O.P. MinervoisAn old workshop for marble builtup against the medieval ramparts of the village, a garden at the end of a narrow street nestled in the heart of Caunes Minervois, a beautiful bergerie overlooking the Argent Double river and the Pyrenees off in the distance, made me dream. Here there is not a long family tradition: every thing is to be invented. A winery on two levels, a small, shady tasting area, a naturally cool cellar with oak barrels for aging the wines, taking form little by little in what become at the same time aplace of work and a place for living. The vines of Clos du Marbrier are situated in the magnificient "terroirs" of Félines Minervois and La Livinière in the foothills of the Montagne Noire at 400 meters altitude. While stroling the lanes of the village on the path marked by the ceramic lizard, you will not miss passing the Clos du Marbrier. Tasting the wines and visit the winery rather by a appointment. Le Clos du Marbrier is situated in the village of Caunes Minervois...

Château Villerambert-Julien - Caunes-Minervois
A.O.P. MinervoisChâteau Villerambert-Julien draws its name from the Latin Villa Ramberti, which was situated on an ancient site surrounded by dolmens and menhirs close to the Via Domitia. When the soil was first deeply tilled Gallo-Roman amphorae and pottery were found. One must go back to 1231 to find written evidence of a vineyard at Villerambert under the feudal rule of Pierre Vidal de Villerambert, Lord of the Manor. The family Balby de Vernon who remained the owners until 1858 when the Julien family, whose origins go back to the 16th Century in the region of Minerve, bought the Château, built in its present form in the 16th Century. The vineyard of Château Villerambert-Julien stretches over 76 hectares – 190 acres – gathered around a 16th Century castle called “Bastide”, including a main building flanked with 4 towers, a chapel of the same period, a yard with its tasting cellar, a “chais”, a vat house and the farming buildings...

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

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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

Come to La Cantine du Curé to feel at home! This could be the motto of this tapas bar-restaurant, where Benjamin and his team welcome you on the terrace or in the dining room, here conviviality and a sense of sharing take on their full meaning. Benjamin will advise and guide you as a good winegrower, on the choice of your drink, and if you are lucky, he will make you taste his own organic cuvées (Domaine Benjamin Taillandier in Caunes) at the bend of a game of petanque, on the boules court of the garden. Here, we prefer the short circuits and local producers, the tapas menu changes every week, the canned foods are served at any time and in summer, you can hesitate among more than 150 wine references, or taste a regional artisanal beer from Alaryk...

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

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....

Hotel 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?...

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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