La Souqueto B&B Languedoc. Explore the wines of La Clape

La Souqueto B&B is ideally situated for lovers of wine to explore the many and varied vineyards of the Minervois region.


In May the Grand Narbonne Tourist Information, in association with a variety of tourist based organisations and vineyards arrange the most fantastic vineyard walk in La Clape, an important wine growing area near Gruissan, Languedoc.

Each year the walk is changed within the La Clape area to incorporate new vineyards. The walk itself is fantastic but when you include various culinary delights and truly fantastic wines, it makes the perfect day out.

For €60 per head walkers and wine buffs can take the whole day to wander through various connected vineyards in this coastal area near Gruissan. Every hour or so along the way walkers can stop and taste a variety of wines with food prepared to show the wines off to their full  potential. During the course of the day you can eat up to 6 Courses and taste many varieties of local wines, Red, White and Rose.


From Oysters to Frois Grois, moules and pigeon, cheese, desert and coffee and at the end of the day the chance to buy the wines that you selected along the way!

La Souqueto B&B Languedoc can accommodate up to 10 people. Why not organise a long weekend in this beautiful region of France with friends and family. We can organise tickets and transport for you. Book early as tickets go very quickly!



Explore beaches from our B&B South of France

Leucate beach

Leucate beach

Beaches in Languedoc are sandier than in pebbly Provence and loved by swimmers, watersports enthusiasts and families. La Souqueto B&B South of France is the perfect place from where to explore a vast range of beaches.

Currently, 94 of Languedoc’s beaches have been awarded the international eco-label, ‘The Blue Flag’, for water quality, safety and cleanliness, so you can just relax and the only thing you need to worry about is putting on the suntan lotion.

You will be spoilt for choice here as Languedoc-Roussillon takes up half of France’s Mediterranean coast with 177km (110 miles) of coastline and acres of beaches to choose from -including some of the most beautiful beaches in the south of France.

The charming seaside town of Leucate has two beaches and some great restaurants. La Franqui beach has the sea on one side and the etang (inland lake) on the other.

Collioure is a charming coastal town full of bars, restaurants and boutiques. Around it there are three beaches with spectacular views of the Mediterranean and the Pyrennees.

If you are looking for a beach that is a little less crowded in the height of the season, then Gruissan Plage with its wide, flat beach will offer plenty of space for you to stretch out. You can also hire wind surfing equipment from the port.

At Port Vendres you will find a lovely beach with dunes and nature all around. There are no crowds here and it is a great place to swim with a lifeguard watching over you (in July and August). There are also lovely little coves between the rocks and places to eat or hire equipment close by.

Last but not least, another beach worth mentioning is Argelès-sur-Mer; a 7km sandy beach about 20 minutes from Perpignan which has become one of the major Mediterranean beach resorts, and boasts a large harbour area. The north end is beautiful with views of the Pyrénées and bordered by pine trees, at the other end it is more commercial with plenty of facilities for the children.


Combine Canal du Midi accommodation with touring on electric bikes

Vince from Mellow Velos, Paraza

Vince from Mellow Velos, Paraza


La Souqueto B&B, canal du midi accommodation, is perfectly placed for guests who want to explore the southern stretches of the Canal du Midi. What better way is there to view the wonderful villages (and restaurants) situated along the Canal than by cycling along its tow path?

We have been recommending a bike hire company in Paraza to our guests for sometime. Mellow Velos is based a few minutes from La Souqueto B&B in a village called Paraza.

Vince mentioned in passing that he had taken delivery of the latest electric bikes…the notion of having a little help whilst cycling appealed to Melanie and Me. On Wednesday morning we arrived early at Mellow Velos HQ to test drive the bikes. After a couple of minutes instruction in the yard we headed off down the hill to meet the tow path.

The bikes are incredibly easy to ride and require very little peddling effort to maintain good speed. There are three speeds Eco, Sport & Power and the electric motor responds to shifting gears too. All one has to do is gently peddle and depending on your gear and setting the motor makes light work of your touring. When fully charged the bike will give you over 100 kilometers.

Within a few minutes we were ‘cruising’ down the tow path passing Roubia, and various lock keepers houses and fast approaching Argens Minervois where we knew that there was a restaurant!

We were both very impressed with the electric bikes provided by Mellow Velos.

We are sure that Electric bikes are going to transform the ‘cycling experience’ and will open up silent, no hassle touring for a wide range of age groups.

A B&B in the Languedoc for all seasons of the year!

The Languedoc boasts over 300 days of sunshine a year. Spring and summer months are stunning but this October and November has been so wonderful here in our part of the Aude. The Autumn colours have been just so vivid and with temperatures reaching the high 20′s our guests have taken advantage of the clement weather to walk and cycle and witness first hand the vibrant winter colours! We have even been able to continue to run day cruises on our boat Bella Mia on the Canal du Midi!

We  continue to explore the wonderful black mountains and the foot hills that surround us and have found some of the most beautiful walks and bridal paths within close proximity to our B&B in the Languedoc.


Explore the Cathar Castles on the Spanish border via our B&B in Languedoc

Peyrepertuse Castle is a ruined fortress and one of the Cathar castles of the Languedoc located in the French Pyrenees just over an hour from La Souqueto B&B.

The name Peyrepetuse is derived from Pèirapertusa, Occitane meaning Pierced Rock.

The castle ruins are impressive, set high on a defensive crag.  From the approach road it is difficult to see where the rock stops and the castle starts.

The castle was built in the 11th century on a site dominating the Corbieres and the sea.  The main part, resembles the prow of a ship, running along the top of an 800m (2,600 ft) high crag.  It houses the church of Sainte-Marie and the governor’s residence.

The lower part of the castle was built on a strategic location by the kings of Aragon in the 11th Century and the higher part by the French King Louis IX later on, after the area was annexed to France. The two castles are linked together by a staircase. The castle lost importance as a strategic castle when the border between France and Spain was moved in 1659, causing the castle to be abandoned.

It was never subjected to attack during the Crusade against the Cathars.  Nevertheless, it was surrendered to the French Crusaders 22nd of May 1217, reclaimed again as the balance of power changed. Guilhem de Peyrepertuse, was excommunicated in 1224 because of his refusal to submit to the Catholic Crusaders. He surrendered after the siege of Carcassonne (the Viscount of Carcassonne, Guilhem’s suzerain, having failed to retake Carcassonne from the French invaders in 1240). Peyrepertuse became a French possession the same year.

Visit the Chateau Queribus from our B&B in Languedoc.

Near neighbour to Peyrepertuse, the castle at Queribus started life around 1000 as a ‘Spanish’ castle, being on the northern frontiers of Aragon / Barcelona territory. In an extremely dramatic location on top of a rocky pinnacle in Languedoc-Roussillon, the castle comprises a donjon (keep) and a chapel, and various other rooms and remaining defensive walls.

The castle was one of the last refuges of the cathars, who arrived here after being driven from Montsegur in 1244, and lived under the command of cathar leader Chabert de Barbaira. It was 11 years later in 1255 that they were forced from Queribus. Even at that point they avoided the army sent to defeat them – the surrender of Chabert was accepted instead – and many escaped quietly across the border to Spain, thus avoiding the terrible penalties exacted on cathars elsewhere.

Later it was to become one of the five defensive castles in the region that defended the border with Spain – a role that continued until the border moved southwards, following the 1659 Treaty of Spain.It is important to note that a significant part of the defences that we now see at Queribus castle date from this later role, and did not exist at the time of the cathars.

Use our B&B in Languedoc to explore the Gorge de Galamus

It is told that Galamus comes from the Latin word “gaudeamus”, “let us enjoy”.

The Gorge de Galamus is a photographers dream. It has something for everyone and it takes just over an hour to get to from La Souqueto our B&B in Languedoc.

The water erosion in the gorge has created a beautiful place to visit. There are natural pools to swim in and wonderful walks down paths that lead to waterfalls. It is possible to walk along the road through the gorge but we decided to take the path to the stunning Ermitage Chapel…just look at these pictures.

For directions to the Gorge follow the D7 from Saint-Paul-de-Fenouillet (on D117 from Perpignan)

B&B accommodation South of France

A morning by the sea…30 mins from La Souqueto B&B

A very good reason for booking B&B accommodation South of France is witnessing some of the most beautiful and peaceful coastline in the Languedoc with villages dotted along it.

We took an early morning trip to find this small fishing village on the Island of St. Martin.

A small inlet off the Etang (lake) is surrounded by fishing shacks stacked full of nets and bouys. In the little harbour fishermen were unloading their early morning catches to sell on the make-shift harbour sides. We bought some beautiful sea bream for our evening meal.


Later that morning we drove a mile or so towards Gruissan stopping off at the salt flats and had lunch at a fantastic restaurant La Cambuse du Saunier.


Canal du Midi boat tours

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Explore the Canal du Midi from April through to the end of October on Bella Mia.

At La Souqueto B&B we offer a unique experience for our guests. We can combine a few days relaxing at our Award winning Chambres d’Hotes enjoying the vineyards for wine tasting, Cathar castles for exploring and crystal clear rivers for swimming or kayaking in, with a bespoke cruise on the stunning Canal du Midi.

The canal du midi boat tours itinerary can be planned around our guests. Some prefer to base themselves from our B&B and take one of our three hour day or evening trips. Others prefer to stay on our boat moored to the banks of the Canal a few minutes from La Somail and use it as a self catering mini gite.

During 2015 we have planned two, three and even four day trips for guests who want to fully explore the jewel that is the canal du midi. We pilot the boat on behalf of our guests, moor it up at various towns and villages such as Capestang, Paraza or Pohiles, leave the boat at the end of the day and return the following morning to continue the journey.

Luxury bed and breakfast Languedoc

La Souqueto – 2015 highlights!


We can’t quite believe that our 2015 season at La Souqueto B&B is drawing to a close!

We have been spoilt by the weather…January was lovely February and March rather dull but from April through to today (October 7th) has, on the whole, been fantastic! We hope we have helped our guests to enjoy their bed and breakfast accommodation Languedoc!

Our profile thanks to TripAdvisor (winning the Travellers Choice Award) has meant that we have been busy and more importantly, our guests are moving away from one night stays to using La Souqueto B&B as a destination for their holiday. The average stays increased to 3 nights whilst two families used our Apartment on the top floor (with lounge and sun terrace) for their annual two week holiday. Both mentioned that they had not quite completed their list of things to see and do!

We have helped to celebrate 40th, 50th, 60th and 79th birthdays…wedding anniversaries and Honeymoons too!! Guests have arrived at La Souqueto luxury bed and breakfast languedoc by foot, bike, car and boat! Our evening Cruises for our guests on our boat Bella Mia on the Canal du Midi have been well received and our first season renting Bella Mia out as a mini-gite has been a great success too.

Unique to La Souqueto B&B is the combination of B&B and canal du midi boat hire. This includes stay overs on our boat as well as La Souqueto. During the summer we organised bespoke trips where we piloted Bella Mia to a destination where there was a restaurant. Our guests had a meal, stayed over and we returned the following morning to pilot the boat back. Bespoke trips can be arranged to suite the needs of our guests.

We are now all set for receiving guests for the 2016 season!


La Souqueto B&B wins Award. B&B South of France

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We are delighted to announce that La Souqueto B&B South of Francehas won the ‘Travellers’ Choice’ Award for outstanding reviews and opinions from guests during 2013 and 2014. This has been awarded to the top 1% of Hotels and B&B’s on TripAdvisor.

The two rooms that ‘sold out’ in summer 2014 were our double en-suite ‘Emelie’ and our top floor ‘Family apartment’ with lounge and Sun Terrace. We are currently re-furbishing our other Double en-suite room called ‘Anne’ and twin room ‘Isolde’. La Souqueto is open for business to offer B&B South of France .

Unique to La Souqueto B&B is our restored classic boat called Bella Mia, available for day and evening cruises along the Canal du Midi. A typical trip would include leaving the Tapas bar at La Porte Minervois near La Somail and then pass through famous La Somail and onto Ventenac for a wine tasting before turning back cruising through the wonderful vineyards of the Minervois.

For those who really want to sample Canal life, we offer Bella Mia as a Gite (sleeping up to 4 people) moored to the bank just a few minutes from the Tapas bar at La Porte Minervois, or two day piloted cruises. Please refer to our website for details or contact us directly.

Our Award. TripAdvisor’s ‘Travellers Choice’. B&B South of France

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Award. B&B South of France