The only limit to the activities at la Fraissinède is your imagination. From sloth-like to super-charged, there's a huge amount to do. There really are no excuses for boredom when in the South of France.
Flop by the pool, enjoy a leisurely game of ping-pong in the cloistered shade of the courtyard or get out there hiking, biking or swimming in lakes and rivers. Beautiful beaches are within easy reach and there's plenty more adventure to be found locally including white water rafting and in the winter; skiing and tobogganing.
The house is surrounded by amazing walks, many of which are part of the famous Grand Randonnèes hiking network and other historic pilgrimmage routes.
Discover the historic Cathar Castles, picturesque villages and rolling vineyards of the area. Follow the “Cathar Trail” through the beautiful Aude department and the Corbières Mountains, exploring its highest peak, the Pech de Bugarach, the breathtaking Gorges of Galamus, charming little villages and scenic landscapes, crossing lush green winelands and barren plateaus. Visit enchanting castles at dizzying heights and enjoy the view of the Corbières, the Pyrenees and the sea. The really are few who won’t enjoy the impressive French countryside.
The Aude is fantastic cycling territory, both on and off-road, and the Tour de France passes near to the house each year.
There are hundreds of kilometres of minor roads to explore by bike, and an extensive network of old fire roads and trails for mountain biking. Equipment can be rented and delivered to the doorstep.
Swimming & Lakes
For some the 18 metre pool is enough, but there are many lakes and rivers nearby for a more natural swimming experience.
For example, within 15 minutes there is a stunning lake and series of waterfalls above la Bastide en Val, and the river rapids at Ribaute are like a scene from Swiss Family Robinson.
To add to the freshwater swimming opportunities, within 45 minutes you can be lying on a white sandy beach by the Mediterranean.
Leucate, la Franki, Gruissan and Narbonne Plage are all within this radius and vary from vast expanses of emptiness to St. Tropez-style (almost!) beach clubs. Our favourite spot is Restaurant le Pilotis at Leucate which is re-built on stilts every spring in the sand dunes.
There are plenty of things to satisfy thrill seekers. Nearby you can find canoeing, kayaking, rafting and canyoning. The rivers in the area gush down from the Pyrenees, providing plenty of water and drama.
For lovers of sailing sports, the local lakes and beaches offer ideal conditions. There are three main winds in the region, each producing optimal conditions in different places. On the Mediterranean coast, the beach resorts of Leucate and Gruissan (45 minutes away) are ranked among the world's best spots for windsurfing and kitesurfing.
The Aude has a rich and varied subterranean network. Three of the giant caverns are open to the public; Cabrespine, Limousis and Aguzou plus, there are many labyrinths and subterranean rivers that can be explored with specialists. There is a large series of caverns on the Montagne Alaric near to the house. Also not to be missed is the massive vertical wind tunnel in Lezignan-Corbières offering the thrills of skydiving without a plane.