Explore the remarkable landscape of La Liviniere Cru from La Souqueto B&B. It was the first Cru to be recognized in the Languedoc in 1999, thanks to the enthusiasm of Maurice Piccinini and Roger Piquet, pioneers of the revolution in quality. This AOC is found at the heart of the Minervois area where six villages are included in this scope of territory: La Liviniere, Siran, Felines-Minervois, Cesseras, Azille, and Azillanet.
Its been hard work, but someone has to do it! At La Souqueto B&B we’ve taken a little time to seek out some of best restaurants in the Languedoc. We hope that this group of mouth watering purveyors of cuisine give potential guests another reason for wanting to visit this rich and vibrant region in south western France. For our current guests, we hope it provides a useful reference for you to help plan your stay at La Souqueto B&B.
Minerve village, the jewel in the crown of Cathar History is just 15 minutes from La Souqueto B&B in the Languedoc! The road from our village winds slowly up the valley following the river Cesse through Bize, Argel and Aigues-Vives. The rivers gentle edges become sharp and defined by gorges as one reaches the stunning village of La Caunette.
Combine your stay at La Souqueto B&B with a Canal du Midi cruise!
Over the last year we have responded to our guests requests by extending the services of our boat Bella Mia from short day trips to piloted ‘stay overs’. Combining a stay at La Souqueto B&B with an extended two or three day canal du midi cruise is a unique service that has been really well received. We also offer trips to various restaurants along the canal du midi for lunch and return or evening meal and stay over-return the following day.
La Souqueto B&B in Languedoc makes a great base to explore the numerous trails and walks in this beautiful region of France.
La Souqueto B&B is ideally situated for lovers of wine to explore the many and varied vineyards of the Minervois region.
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.
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.
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)