Markets

Markets can be found in one of the local villages almost every day.  They range from our local one in Bize on Wednesday morning selling cheese, cooked chickens, fruit and vegetables and clothes  (it is announced with an “ allo allo” message from the local Town Hall) to the famous Olonzac Market on Tuesday mornings which is a must for anyone interested in local produce.  For the more serious shoppers Narbonne, Beziers, Carcassonne and Montpellier are all close by. Narbonne, the closest, is a delightful small town only 20 minutes away. It has a wonderful indoor market, Les Halles, and a Cathedral dating from the early 1300s. There is a newly completed wide boulevard along the side of the canal where the restaurants make the most of the sunshine in the summer. Perfect for lunch.

Beaches

From Narbonne it is a short drive over  to Narbonne Plage with its 5km of sandy beaches and 3000 hours of sunshine. Next to it is Gruissan with its salt museum and restaurant serving mussels, oysters, sea bass with salt crust and many more treats. The other side of the etang takes you to Bages and Peyriac de Mer where you will probably see the flamingos.         An hours drive takes you further afield to Marseillian, the home of Noilly Prat a small town with a harbour strewn with luxury yachts and delightful restaurants, just one of many seaside towns close by.

Activities

For the more active there are plenty of activities around – please see our links page for further information.  There are tennis courts in the village, ping pong in our garage, horse riding nearby and golf about an hour away. You can go canoeing on the river at Roquebrun or Puicheric and of course cycling and walking.  The tranquil atmosphere and the wonderful light may tempt you to follow in the footsteps of the likes of Picasso and Matisse and take the sketchpad with you.

The main industry around here is winemaking so there is no shortage of vineyards which all are open to the public plus there are some excellent wine-tours available.  Cookery workshops are available too, not forgetting boat trips on the Canal du Midi and guided tours through Minerve and Cathar country.

We can book all these activities for you – please call us or email maisondespalmiers@gmail.com if you would like some further information.

The wine tours are best booked in advance as is the cycle hire but there are places where you can hire bikes for an hour or two to go along the canal and the canoeing is great fun and can usually be booked a day a day in advance.

Beaches, Markets & Activities