St Julia De Bec - Quillan - Aude - France

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Things To Do

Other areas to visit are the 'Nature' Parks of the only wolf sanctuary in Europe at Ax-les-Thermes, the Birds of Prey Centre at Carcassonne, or the wild animals at Les Angles, the 'Safari' Park at Sigean, the bison and deer at Lapenne and the Butterfly Garden at Lesparrou, local vulture feeding sites.

Take time to visit the extraordinary, fortified medieval city of Carcassonne or Collioure, one of the most beautiful seaside resorts of France, once much favoured by the Impressionist painters. The city of Ax-les-Thermes and the nearby village of Rennes les Bains are spas, famous for their healing sulphur springs and Mirepoix with its medieval central market place vaulting.

We are close to the wines of the Corbiere, and within easy reach of the beaches of Perpignan, officially the hottest place in France. World wind surfing speed records are set in the Gulf de Lyon, which stretches from Marseille down to Barcelona and this coast boasts the second longest beach in the world after Rio de Janeiro.

There are the ski resorts of Andorra and we are only three hours from Barcelona and two hours to the France/Spanish frontier. If you are in the mood to purchase a new digital camcorder, camera, car stereo etc, it is best to make your choice, hold onto your money and then pay a visit to Andorra. It is a duty free Principality where all types of luxury goods can be up to 50% cheaper than in mainland Europe. The drive up there is magnificent and the tax-free price of fuel, alcohol and tobacco more than justifies the day excursion.

The private ‘Train du Pays Cathare et du Fenouilledes’ (TPCF) runs from Rivesaltes to Axat.  ‘Le Train Rouge’ runs special tours and theme rides through out the summer season and provides a picturesque way of visiting Puilaurens Castle and Gorge de Galamus   

There are various summer activities from Tennis in Quillan to the activity centre where you can risk life and limb with white water rafting, hydro-speed, canoeing, mountain climbing and canyoning.  It is also possible to hire mountain bikes (VTT).