(approx 1 hour 30 mins)

The old Cité de Carcasonne sits inside an impressive fortified castle complete with drawbridge, turreted walls and moat (now just filled with grass). Steeped in a rich history of battles and power struggles, this is a big tourist attraction but still worth seeing. Lots of shops with the usual tacky gifts, but plenty of places to eat and drink (don’t eat in main square as it is expensive and from experience poor quality - head for one of restaurants in one of side streets.) Carcassone airport is 10mins outside the town with Ryanair flights to and from the UK, Holland and Belgium.

(approx 1 hour 30 mins)

A maze of narrow cobbled streets radiate out from a beautiful monastery and cloister sited in the town square with a very old large plane tree at the centre. Plenty of little cafes and restaurants to stop at for a break from walking. Very picturesque location.

(approx 45 mins)

Ancient town along the Orb Vallée - going west from Lamalou-les-Bains. Less touristy but definitely worth a visit. The walk up to the old church tower at the very top of the village will reward you with amazing 360degrees views of the Orb valley. On your decent, cross back over the bridge to the main road to visit "Fleurs de Olargue" restaurant for lunch and liquid refreshement after your climb through the town. Or book a table in advance to make sure you dont miss lunch or their famous home made breads.

(approx 30 mins)

A sleepy town with the imposing 'Château Lunas’ sitting high above the river that flows through the town. Great for a pizza on the terrace on a sunny afternoon. There’s a car park diagonally opposite the chateau.

(approx 35 mins)

The drive to Roquebrun is worth the effort in itself, the elevated route winding its way along a gorge with stunning rock formations and views down to the river Orb below. Eat tapas at St. Martin de Londres or a larger restaurant situated right next to the main bridge over the river. Great area for walking, canoeing, fishing, or continue by car further south for another 30 mins to reach St. Chinian, one of the best known wine areas in the Languedoc.

(approx 45 mins)

The old part of town definitely worth a visit with lots of cafes and restaurants, but also famous for its Saturday morning outdoor market great for purchasing local delicacies and tempting treats. You'll find it almost impossible to not buy something! Or head towards one of the many Brocantes (antique shops) for a browse.