Rue du Cabanot, Lapradelle.

Places to visit.  Things to do.

Lapradelle lies on the boundary between the Aude and Pyrenees-Orientales. It is ideally located for exploring this part of France - the coastline, the Pyrenean ridge, the Minervois plain, the Corbieres hills or the Ariege region to the west.  Let's take them in turn.

We think that you will find it helpful to look at the websites for some of the places, rather than rely on our photographs. So we have listed many of them here.

You must first have a look at the little tourist train which stops at Lapradelle on its way from Axat towards Rivesaltes.  http://www.tpcf.fr/  where you will find the route and timetable.  Dropping off at villages en route makes a very pleasant day out - without the driving!  We're flattered that they took the central picture from very near your house.

Carcassonne.

Carcassonne is wonderful. It is the largest fortified medieval city in Europe and one of the two or three most visited places in France. It stands magnificent on its hill 150 metres about the river Aude. Restored in the 19th. century, it is a dream of the perfect medieval city with its three kilometres of ramparts, thirty-five defensive towers, its moat, Viscount's castle and basilica.

The 'old' city has some interesting shops and good restaurants. The 'new' town lies in the plain and offers all entertainments, music, theatre, museums and sports facilities. http://www.aude-aude.com/content/view/16/93/ http://www.languedoc-france.info/030101_carcassonne.htm 


To the east.

Three superb Cathar castles on the way towards the coast, Puilaurens, Peyrepertuse and Queribus. http://www.catharcastles.info/120717_puilaurens.htm   http://www.catharcastles.info/120721_queribus.htm  http://www.catharcastles.info/120716_peyrepertuse.htm

The city of Perpignan http://www.languedoc-france.info/030105_perpignan.htm

The beautiful town of Ceret with its modern art museum, lovely scenery and excellent market http://www.languedoc-france.info/030417_ceret.htm

The many coastal resorts, Canet, St. Cyprien, Argeles and Banyuls sur Mer http://www.banyuls-sur-mer.com/

Your neighbouring village, Caudies de Fenouilledes. Follow the footpath at the end of Rue du Cabanot and walk to it down the valley.  http://www.caudiesdefenouilledes.reseaudescommunes.fr/communes

The castle and church at Castelnou  http://www.castelnou.com/

The home of the oldest European(?), Tautavelhttp://www.languedoc-france.info/030602_tautavel.htm

The artistic coastal town of Colliourehttp://www.languedoc-france.info/030404_collioure.htm

The cathedral town of Elnehttp://www.languedoc-france.info/030405_elne.htm

Several abbeys in the area.  http://www.languedoc-france.info/0305_abbeys.htm

Many other castles in the Corbieres hills and elsewhere.  http://www.languedoc-france.info/0310_castles.htm


To the south.

The Pyrenean rangehttp://www.languedoc-france.info/0711b_pyrenees.htm

The ski slopes in the Cerdagne. http://www.languedoc-france.info/040501_ski.htm

The attractive towns of Prades and Vernet les Bainshttp://www.vernet-les-bains.fr/ot_vernet/en/index.asp

Villefranche de Conflent where you can catch 'le train jaune', the yellow tourist train which takes you to Font Romeu and beyond.  http://www.languedoc-france.info/030415_villefranch.htm  http://www.anglophone-direct.com/Le-petit-train-jaune


To the west.

You pass the water-sports centre at Axat and go through the gorges towards Quillan.  Further on, you come to the magnificent castle at Foixhttp://www.ariege.com/chateaudefoix/info.html

The castle at Montsegur whiere the Cathars made one of their last stands.  http://www.catharcastles.info/120719_montsegur.htm

You are now in the Ariege, very rural with wild scenery.  It repays exploration.  http://www.ariege.com/whattosee/index.html


To the north.

The medieval town of Ales les Bainshttp://www.languedoc-france.info/030403_alet.htm

The dinosaur museum at Esperazahttp://www.languedoc-france.info/030406_esperaza.htm

The attractive town of Limoux on the river Aude.  http://www.languedoc-france.info/030411_limoux.htm

The strange village of Rennes le Chateau, Dan Brown country.  http://www.languedoc-france.info/030601_rennes.htm

Rennes les Bains in the Corbieres.  http://www.languedoc-france.info/030605_renneslb.htm

The abbey at Lagrasse.  Good restaurants.  A beautiful town.  http://www.languedoc-france.info/030410_lagrasse.htm

Montolieu, the village of books. http://www.languedoc-france.info/030412_montolieu.htm

The Canal du Midi.  Not to be missed.  A world heritage site.  A boat trip is leisurely, relaxing and convivial.  http://www.languedoc-france.info/0312_canal.htm


Markets and sports.

There are many markets in the area, all worth going to.  Also jumble sales or vide-greniers which are very varied and interesting, possible sources of bargains.  http://www.languedoc-france.info/list_markets.htm

There are also many golf courses, one of the loveliest being at Carcassonne.  http://www.languedoc-france.info/list_golfclubs.htm#po

Apart from its wonderful walking and mountaineering country, there are few sporting facilities near Lapradelle.  Visitors go to the water-sports centre near Axat and have very favourable reports of it.  There is canoeing also at Quillan.  The seaside resorts, Canet, St. Cyprien, Argeles etc. offer all the facilities one would want.  It is an easy drive down to the coast.  Note the aquapark near St. Cyprien.  http://www.aqualand.fr/les-parcs,saint_cyprien.html

Look at http://www.puilaurens.co.uk/area.htm  and http://www.carcassonneinfo.com/sports/sporten.php