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The Corbières lie in the departement of Aude, in the Languedoc-Roussillon region in the south of France. The region makes up a square between the towns of Carcassonne, Narbonne, Perpignan and Quillan.

One of the least populated regions of France, it is here you find the real, rural France.

The climate is Mediterranean with sunny days gently carressed by breezes. With very few humid winds, this is one of the least rainy regions in France. The vegetation is mostly "garrigue " where thyme, rosemary and lavender thrive, as well as numerous pines and kermes oak (beneath which it is known there are to be truffles!)

It's a region full of variety - just to the north are the deep forests of the Montagne Noir (Black Mountains); to the east kilometers of golden sands bordering the blue Mediterranean sea; the Pyrennees followed by Spain to the south and the upper valley of the Aude with its gorges and caves to the west. It's a region rich in history, with its roman chapels, cistercian abbeys and cathar castles. Views of the majestic citadels, such as Quéribus, Puilarens and Peyrepeteuse perched on the steep rocks simply take your breath away.

Not forgetting of course the fine wines of the Corbières, which received their Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée (AOC) classification in 1985. The heat and the aridity of the climate offer excellent ripening conditions for the grape varieties grown here, consisting mainly of Grenache, Syrah, Mourdève, Carignan and Cinsault, nurtured by 2500 wine growers who produce excellent red, rosé and white wines.

In summary, the Corbières welcome you for your holidays or even for just a visit of a few days. You are promised an unforgettable stay.

Places to visit in the region

Bizanet : Narbonne : Cathar Castles : Carcassonne : Fontfroide Abbey

Nature : Beaches

@ LesCorbiè November 2004