The following attractions are all within a 40 minute drive of Château Ventenac (or literally on the doorstep in the case of the Canal du Midi!) and so make leisurely excursions:
ABBEY de FONTFROIDE – Benedictine Monastery
This is a glorious example of restored Cistercian architecture and today produces wine from the Corbières region. Located only half an hour away from Château Ventenac, this beautiful abbey is also a perfect location for fine French dining.
BEACHES – Narbonne Plage & Gruissan Plage
The Languedoc coast on the Mediterranean Sea is located less than 40-minutes away and is ideal for family day trips to the beach. Our recommendations are:
Narbonne Plage – a child-friendly, family resort perfect for children with plenty of restaurants, bars and shopping.
Gruissan Plage – a trendy resort village with unique chalet architecture and great for windsurfing.
CANAL DU MIDI – UNESCO World Heritage Site -“a work of art”
Right on Château Ventenac’s doorstep, the Canal du Midi is a beautiful and natural environment, excellent for leisure and sporting activities for your family or group vacation. Fun activities include boating, walking or cycling along the tow path. Refer to the Optional Extras section for more details on boat and bike rentals. It is possible to walk or cycle for miles along the canal, with many wonderful sights along the way.
CARCASSONNE – UNESCO World Heritage Site
This famous medieval city is what fairytales and legends are made of. Carcassonne is a “must see” ancient citadel to include on your holiday in the Languedoc region. Only about 35km away and an easy 20 minute train ride to Carcassonne from the railway station just 12 mins away at Lézignan-Corbières. Carcassonne is a perfect day trip for history buffs, families, romantic dates, shopping for a classic souvenir, or authentic French cuisine.
MINERVE – historic Cathar stronghold
This former Cathar village is located about 25 minutes north of Château Ventenac. Enter the city through the spectacular archway of Porte des Templiers and cross the two ancient bridges – Le Grand Pont and Le Petit Pont. Here you can discover more about the history of the bloody seven-week siege of Simon de Montfort against the Cathars.
NARBONNE – important Roman provincial capital circa 1st century BC
Today Narbonne is an enchanting mid-sized market town with an awesome cathedral and superb traditional French market hall. Narbonne is ideal for shopping, restaurants and the café lifestyle. Historians and lovers of heritage architecture will get a kick out of an original Roman Road running through the town square. Located about 20 minutes away from Château Ventenac.
SIGEAN SAFARI PARK
The safari park is a Reserve Africaine situated fifteen kilometres south of Narbonne and eight kilometres to the north of the town of Sigean. It is in a beautiful setting surrounded by the Peyriac and Sigean ponds and natural Mediterranean vegetation.