The Local Area 

 

Les Gascous is set amongst the rolling hills of the Midi-Pyrénées region of southern France and the house lies on the boarder between Ariege and Aude.  The region surrounding Les Gascous has been a strategic border since Roman times and is awash with historical reminders, from Medieval cities to hilltop Cathar castles.

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Mirepoix  

The medieval town of Mirepoix is steeped in history and only a ten minute drive from the house. On Monday mornings a fabulous tradition French Market takes place in the main square, with a abundant and welcoming atmosphere. One of the many coffee shops, under the medieval architecture are the perfect places to sit back and watch the world go by. Also take a look inside Cathedral Saint-Maurice de Mirepoix, and remember to look up! Why not plan your Mirepoix trip by using this handy trip planner 

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Lac Mont Bel 

The Lac de Montbel is a vast stretch of crystal clear water that covers 570 hectares and is fed by the clear water of the Hers. It is a favourite spot for migratory birds and a good place to watch other wildlife. With its forest surroundings, mountain views and equipped beaches, this is a lovely place to unwind, while it also offers water-based recreational activities such as fishing, canoeing and kayaking, pedalo, boating and, of course, swimming!

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Carcassonne 

The castle of Carcasonne became famous for its role in the Albigensian Crusades when the city was a stronghold of Occitan Cathars. Carcassonne became a border fortress between France and the Crown of Aragon under the Treaty of Corbeil (1258). It is now a UNESCO world heritage site and a 50 minutiae drive from Les Gascous. Steeped in history and with plenty to do, it makes the perfect day trip!

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Toulous

Toulouse is the 4th largest city in France and sits beside the river Garrone that flows down from the Pyrenees.  This is another city that has a rich history and can boast two UNESCO World Heritage sites, the Canal du Midi and Basilica of St.Sernin.  As Toulous is only a one hour drive from Gascous it really is worth a visit!

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