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Discover the wonders of the region

The region around Sigean is full of natural and cultural treasures to discover during your stay at La casa del Arti. Between the Réserve Africaine de Sigean, the Regional Natural Park of Narbonnaise, the pond of Bages-Sigean, Port -Mahon, the magnificent beaches of Port-la-Nouvelle, the Corbières massif, Narbonne and its historical treasures, the Abbey of Fontfroide, the medieval village and the abbey of Lagrasse, the medieval city of Carcassonne and the Châteaux du Pays Cathare, you will be spoiled for choice for your outings and excursions.

We know the area inside out and have selected some of the area's most popular activities for you.

We have also created a digital guide, translated into 6 languages and containing instructions and other useful information about our house, and especially informing you about the many places we suggest. 

The Sigean African Reserve

It’s the number 1 attraction in our region!

A major place for the protection of the natural environment and the conservation of threatened animal species, the Sigean African Reserve, nestled on the edge of the Bages-Sigean ponds, shelters on its 300 hectares nearly 900 mammals, 600 reptiles and 2,000 birds, living in semi-freedom.

Open to the public throughout the year, the Sigean African Reserve offers several tours, by car and/or on foot.

The pond of Bages-Sigean

The Bages-Sigean pond is a preserved natural site of 800 hectares, located between Narbonne and Sigean. It is known for its biodiversity, its unique landscapes and its nautical activities. You can observe many animal and plant species, some of which are rare and protected.

The Terra Vinea Cooperative Cellar

The Terra Vinea cooperative cellar, located in Portel-des-Corbières, is a unique place that invites you to discover the region's history and wine culture. Visitors can explore the 13th century cellars carved into the rock, admire a collection of vintage cars and learn about the winemaking process by following an interactive route. Local wine tasting is offered at the end of the tour.

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The beaches of Port-la-Nouvelle

The seaside town of Port-la-Nouvelle is famous for its magnificent beaches in town or in the heart of nature. The beaches of Franqui and Montilles are also very popular with tourists. Swimming, nautical activities and idleness will be on the program for your days in Port-la-Nouvelle.

For nature lovers, go for a walk on the St. Lucia Island !

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Narbonne is a town rich in history and heritage, with its town centre, its cathedral, its Episcopal museum, its Narbo Via museum and the Robine canal. Do not miss a visit to the Abbaye de Fontfroide, located nearby.

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Fontfroide Abbey

The Abbaye de Fontfroide is a medieval gem. Founded in the 12th century, it was restored in the 19th century in the neo-Gothic style. 

It is now one of the finest examples of Cistercian architecture in France, with cloister, church and gardens. 

Visitors will be able to discover the history of the abbey through guided tours, and appreciate the serenity of the place. Concerts and exhibitions are organized regularly.

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The Cathar Country Castles

The Pays Cathare includes 23 heritage sites, which retrace the history and roots of this region: castles, abbeys, museums, medieval cities, a panoply of exceptional sites that plunge you into a real journey back in time.

In all, there are 19 sites in Aude, and because Catharism did not stop at the borders of the Aude, 4 sites in the network are Ariège, or Tarn.

Together, they have been working together for almost 40 years to offer you an unforgettable experience in Cathar Country during which you will be told its history; that of the men and women who passed through it, that of the stones erected in these places, that of Catharism...

Let yourself be seduced by a territory with an exceptional heritage and breathtaking landscapes.... Follow in the footsteps of the history of the Cathars, admire the citadels of vertigo, stroll among the majestic abbeys and medieval remains.

You can already visit these remarkable places "virtually" with 2 free applications , through which 20 must-see places in the Aude (10 castles, 7 abbeys, 2 medieval cities, 1 museum) reveal all their secrets.

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The medieval village and Lagrasse Abbey

A small valley surrounded by steep hills on the banks of the Orbieu river: it is here that the largest Benedictine abbey in medieval Languedoc flourished.

Opposite this ostensible silhouette, on the other bank, one of the “Most beautiful villages in France” invites you to discover rich and sometimes colorful treasures…

The medieval city of Carcassonne

The medieval city of Carcassonne is a French jewel listed as a UNESCO heritage site. You can stroll through the cobbled streets and admire the ramparts, towers and castles dating from the Middle Ages.

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Some other beautiful and lesser known villages

The magnificent villages of Villerouge-Termenès, Minerve and Collioure are worth a visit. 

Villerouge-Termenès is famous for its feudal castle, while Collioure, located on the coast, offers breathtaking views of the Mediterranean Sea. 

Minerve, perched on a rocky outcrop above the River Cesse, is an enchanting medieval village and one of the most beautiful villages in France.