Minervois and Montagne Noire

The Minervois is a land of vines and olive trees, a land of low hills stretching from the Black Mountain to the Canal du Midi. The region presents a mosaic of landscapes made of hillsides, terraces, garrigue, vineyards, dark forests, valleys and wild gorges that you can discover throughout this 240 km (5.5 hours) tour.

There are 4 tourist stops on this route. You are free to stay for a few minutes or a few hours.

  1. Minerve
  2. Carcassonne
  3. Pic de Nore
  4. Gouffre de Cabrespine(*)

(*) Please check the opening hours and booking possibilities.

1. Minerve :  Surrounded by deep gorges and set at the end of a limestone plateau, Minerve is a mineral village in the heart of the Languedoc scrubland. A former Cathar stronghold destroyed by Simon de Monfort in 1210, the village still has a stele in memory of a Cathar pyre. Minerve is also known and recognised for its wine produced for centuries by its winegrowers.

2. Carcassone :  The imposing fortifications of the city of Carcassonne occupy a rocky spur that dominates the course of the Aude. Occupied since the 6th century B.C., Carcassonne was a Roman town before becoming a medieval city. It bears witness to 1000 years of military architecture and 2600 years of history.

3. Pic de Nore:  The highest point of the Montagne Noire, the Pic de Nore rises to an altitude of 1211 metres and offers an incredible panorama. The view is unobstructed and you will be amazed by the exceptional landscapes.

4. Gouffre de Cabrespine  : In the bowels of the Montagne Noire, water has dug an immense cave 80 metres wide and 250 metres deep: a pure masterpiece of nature. The decor and the play of light make this an exceptional site and the glass footbridge will make you dizzy.

GPS track