Walks & Hikes

Recharge your batteries and enjoy the varied landscapes with our 17 hikes, routes adapted to all levels and all ages!
Venture into the heart of nature and let yourself be guided in all simplicity.

The Montagne Noire is located in the department of Aude, thirty minutes from the famous city of Carcassonne. A real belvedere overlooking the Carcassonnais plain and the Pyrenees mountain range, the Montagne Noire is the ideal place for hiking and outdoor activities.

A natural paradise, the Montagne Noire offers a wide variety of paths and trails to be explored in the heart of a preserved and rich nature, on foot, by bike, on horseback or by motorbike.


The Lake of Laprade is 10 minutes from the estate, the Lake of Montagnès and its leisure centre is 15 minutes away and the Lampy basin is about 20 minutes away.

The first beaches of the Mediterranean are 1 hour away by car.

Carcassonne, medieval strolls between castles and alleys

Let your imagination soar in the towers of the castle, lose yourself in the medieval alleys, dominate the world from the top of the walls, and relax on a terrace with a little drink. Because Carcassonne is all this at once!

<30 minutes from the Domaine de la Vitarelle.

Château de Pennautier : Airs of Versailles in Languedoc

At 10 minutes by car from the Tours de la Cité de Carcassonne, the Château de Pennautier, a small Versailles in the Languedoc, is a unique stopover. An unforgettable day to discover a masterpiece of historical heritage. The De Lorgeril family will satisfy all your desires.

<25 minutes from the Domaine de la Vitarelle.

Cabrespine, the Giant Abyss

The Giant Abyss of Cabrespine is an extraordinary experience! 80 meters wide and 250 meters deep. Mineral blocks and fine lacework, a pure masterpiece of nature. Embark on a vertiginous epic in the heart of a fireworks display of aragonites.

<35 minutes from the Domaine de la Vitarelle.
A 35 minutes du Domaine de la Vitarelle

Mysteries of Paper in the Mill (15 min)

Live a unique and timeless adventure with your family.
Become a papermaker for a moment to share the magic of papermaking, in the last mill still in operation in Occitania.
A privileged moment in the heart of a luxuriant nature.

Heritage, nature and serenity at the Abbey of Fontfroide (1H10)

Exploring Fontfroide, its massif, its abbey, is to live an experience out of time. Dive into 1000 years of history. Recharge your batteries in the heart of unspoilt nature. Enjoy a spring day. The charm of Fontfroide, the magnificent, makes its effect!

Gruissan, a summer day at the beach of the chalets

The beach of the chalets was made famous by the film "37°2 in the morning". Emblematic place of the Aude, the houses on stilts are a real curiosity where it is good to relax. The activities are numerous: swimming, paddle... not to mention the flavourful parentheses that will make your senses wriggle.

It is a stone's throw away from Toulouse

Farmers' markets

At the estate we bring local producers every week who will offer you their products directly on the spot.

There are various farmers' markets such as the famous Monday evening farmers' market (July and August) in Mazamet, 25 minutes from the estate. From 5 to 10pm you can buy local produce and sit at one of the long tables set up to taste the culinary delicacies prepared on site. Great atmosphere with live concerts.

The Tuesday and Saturday morning market on the Place Carnot in the centre of Carcassonne is also very pleasant.

The Canal du Midi

The Canal du Midi was built by Pierre-Paul Riquet in the 17th century to link the Atlantic to the Mediterranean. The Canal du Midi, once used for the transport of goods and people, is now frequented by many yachtsmen and tourists and crosses the heart of the city of Carcassonne.

Since 1996, the Canal du Midi has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Locks, bridges, aqueducts, canal bridges that span the 240 km of waterways, bear witness to both a technical feat and a work of art.

Horse riding

The Goutarende Equestrian Centre, located 5 minutes from the estate, welcomes you in a friendly and convivial atmosphere. Come and practise the discipline of your choice, whether it is a sport riding (dressage, jumping, cross-country, trecking), a theme ride in the surrounding forests (outing with swimming in the lake, full moon outing, etc), or a day ride.
Rental of shetlands in hand for walks with toddlers.

Canyoning, Kayaking, Rafting, Climbing, Speleology

Canoë-kayak : location "Indépendance" : vous aurez le choix entre de canoë ou le kayak pour musarder au fil de l'Aude ; location "Avec Encadrement" (à partir de 5 personnes).
Canyoning : plusieurs niveaux de difficulté sont proposés au coeur de nos sites les plus spectaculaires.
Equipé d'une combinaison, glissez, sautez, nagez dans les Gorges de Galamus, le canyon de Termes...

Canoe-kayak : rental "Independence" : you will have the choice between canoeing or kayaking to dawdle along the Aude; rental "With Supervision" (from 5 people).
Canyoning : several levels of difficulty are proposed in the heart of our most spectacular sites.
Equipped with a wetsuit, slide, jump, swim in the Gorges de Galamus, the canyon of Termes...

You can also enjoy rafting and hydrospeed, climbing, caving, archery, mountain biking or even Stand Up Paddle.

The Cathar castles

Born shortly after the year 1000, Catharism is a religious movement that was concentrated in the South of France, particularly in the Midi-Pyrénées. The region was the main home of the Cathars. It was also their refuge when the Church chased them to the heights of Montségur.

The site of Lastours, located 10 minutes by car from the estate, is an exceptional ensemble in the heart of the Montagne Noire, with its four castles built on top of a rocky spur.

Other Cathar sites are to be discovered in the area!

The vineyards of Cabardes, Minervois and Corbieres

The AOC (protected designation of origin) Cabardès in which the Domaine de la Vitarelle is located, is an amphitheatre leaning against the Montagne Noire overlooking Carcassonne. This appellation extends over 450 hectares. The vines face due south, on a long slope irrigated by six rivers. The vineyard produces about 29,600 hectolitres of wine per year. The Mediterranean-type climate is characterized on this terroir by refreshing mountain currents and by the massive presence of olive trees at the western end of the vineyard. The soils are composed of limestone known as Ventenac and alveoline-type limestone silts. The AOC Cabardès wines are made from a combination of Grenache, Syrah, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. They allow the elaboration of wines that combine the elegance of oceanic vineyards and the structure of sunny wines. These wines with a thick and rich taste have tannins that are very present but also very delicate.