Charming Hotel near Minerve

Siran and his rich environment

The Cities of Minerve and Carcassonne, the Canal du Midi, the curiosity of Lauriol, Chapel Centeilles, Narbonne, the abbeys of Fontfroide Lagrasse and Caunes-Minervois, the castles of Lastours ...

The village of Siran has a strong history and charm.

At Siran, nearby ... and within an hour :

  • Siran, typical village of the Languedoc.
  • Centeilles Chapel with frescoes of the 13th century.
  • Cathar Citadel  of Minerve, one of the most beautiful villages in France.
  • The Canal du Midi Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage.
  • City of Carcassonne, Classified as UNESCO World Heritage.
  • Fontfroide Abbey, one of the most beautiful Cistercian abbeys in France.
  • Narbonne La Romaine.
  • Lauriole Curiosity: A road going up or down? The dolmen fairies, the largest dolmen in southern France.
  • The path of millstones, the gold of Millstone: an article dedicated to it on our Facebook page.
  • La Livinière, pantry with wine.
  • Cassagnoles, the highest vineyards of Minervois.
  • La Caunette, Aigne, Azillanet, Cesseras, small villages of southern France.
  • Rieux Minervois and its heptagonal church, jewel of the 12th century.
  • Lastours outstanding set of four castles anchored in the rock.
  • Caunes Minervois, beautiful abbey and its marble quarries.
  • Montolieu, the books village.
  • Saissac Cathar castle.
  • Amphoralis Museum of Gallo-Roman potters.
  • Lagrasse among the most beautiful villages in France and its Benedictine abbey.
  • The Château de Termes, one of the "son" of Carcassonne.
  • Castle of Villerouge-Termenès and the history of the last Cathars.
  • Castle of Arques with its particular form.
  • Revel, narrow streets of the Middle Age and wood and marquetry Museum.
  • Abbey Fontcaude 12th century, near a sacred spring and rare example of Romanesque architecture in the region.
  • The Cistercian Valmagne abbey founded in 1139 and its medieval garden.
  • Rennes-le-Château and the story of Saunière abbey.

Birdwatching, flora, geology, wild landscapes...

For nature lovers :

Meet the birds and the Minervois Orchids

The bulletin of the French Orchid Society is interested in the Languedoc Regional Natural Park of Haut Languedoc and the Minervois. Admittedly, its geology, flora and fauna are remarkable. The complexity of land, their wealth of fossils, many birds of prey including the tawny owl, the Short-toed Eagle, Eagle Owls, The booted eagle, golden eagle and Bonelli's eagle : thousand reasons to be interested in this space. And what about the 40 species of orchids observable limestone or in undergrowth. Experts estimate that the area of the plateau Minervois still reserve nice discoveries.

The Natural Bridges Of the Cesse River

Millions of years ago, glacial erosion detached from the rest of the plateau an impressive promontory on which is perched the citadel of Minerve 227 meters high. Surrounded by high cliffs of almost 40 meters, the site hides under the old course of the river Cesse an outstanding geological treasure. Upstream of the village, the river has carved in the canyon two huge natural tunnels, the Grand-Pont (250 m long) and the Petit Pont (110 m).

Ferrals Des Montagnes

Village to the sources of Cesse surrounded by beech and chestnut trees. The site where the Cesse springs is very romantic. You can have a picnic surrounded by wild garlic with the gentle lapping of water after your market from local producers on Sunday morning. Since the rock Suzadou you will discover a breathtaking landscape.

Villeneuve Minervois

(1/4 hour Siran) On the way to the Black Mountain you have to stop in Villeneuve Minervois to visit the house of the Languedoc Truffles and share the mysteries of the most secret of mushrooms: the truffle. The truffle markets take place in December, January and early February. Demonstrations of recipes, tastings and sales of truffles. You can visit a restored windmill in 2002 that manufactures flour again.

Le Gouffre de Cabrespine

Overlooking the course of Clamoux river, this cave could contain Notre Dame de Paris. Since "the balcony of the devil", one can admire the largest underground room. Depth: 200 meters. Unexpected in this landscape of green mountains, scrub and vines, Cabrespine is, worldwide, one of the biggest underground open to tourism.

For who are passionate and want to go further: The Giant Chasm Cabrespine has a huge network of over 25km and has become a "classic in the world of caving". This prestigious site is no longer reserved to the initiated, but it is proposed to a wider audience by Underground Safaris. Underground Safaris are above all discovery tours of the underground environment, which do not require any particular technical or sporting skill.

La Grotte de Limousis

It is known for its concretions of aragonite (calcium carbonate). Formed by the presence of magnesium calcite, these concretions are characterized by a multitude of small needles. One of aragonite chandeliers reached gigantic dimensions: 4 meters high, 10 meters wide.

Swimming, hiking, bicycle, motorcycle, along the banks of the Canal du Midi...

At Siran and ½ hour or less :

Swimming and walks along the Causse de Minerve

Near Minerve in the Brian river, you can find holes of water which make magnificent bathing in summer. And the hiking trails allow walkers and cyclists to pass pleasant moments or unforgettable. We also want to provide our customers the 25 hiking and biking loops of the Echappée Belle in Minervois and Bikes Any Paths.

By bicycle or on foot along the Canal du Midi

You can follow the canal along its entire length from Toulouse to Marseillan. For those who want more the guide "The Canal du Midi by bike" to Edisud editions can bring you interesting information on water points, refueling ... At the hotel we have VTC that can allow you to take a walk one day along the canal and enjoy the summer pleasant shade of its immense platanes. Of course the hiker found along the banks of quiet walks and places to picnic  ... with a nice siesta !

Notre Dame du Cros heritage and climbing

The small church of Notre Dame of Cros is built in a valley. There is a link between the history of Notre Dame de Cros and the church of Rennes-le-Château. Notre Dame de Cros is located in a beautiful and picturesque rock site. According to legend, its location would be near a miraculous spring to the south and at the entrance of Cros gorges. It has the property to stop fevers. Founded in 900 AD, Romanesque, it was restored several times from the 18th to 19th century. ND du Cros is richly decorated. Freestone walls, Gothic vaults. At the end of the nave: the decorations of the choir, its altars in marble Caunes and six monumental statues of the 17th siècle.

Many hiking routes start from there.

Saint Jean de Minervois

Return by Saint Jean de Minervois, take the opportunity to taste this sweet wine made from Muscat petit grain and AOC since 1949. The limestone scenery alone worth a visit all year.

The Eagles of the Cité de Carcassonne

On the esplanade of Pech Mary (450 seats) large rapacious families are presented: hawks, eagles, vultures and condors. These birds fly freely, prepared in accordance with traditional principles from the Middle Ages, with comments on the ecology of each.

Less than one hour from Siran :

Ride with lamas of the Black Mountains

You will be surprised by this ecological animal that has no real defense against a dangerous predator, the puma. Here in France llamas are used to keep herds where they excel. The children will love learning their history and give them food. You are at the heart of the Black Mountain and Jean-Louis also tell you about the Black Mountain hiking trails as a member of the association that maintains for the enjoyment of walkers. We have a receipt book "Hilltop villages in Black Mountain" which presents the hiking routes and their environment.

Swimming and hiking Pradelle-Cabardes and the Pic de Nore

The small lake of Pradelles is swimmable. You can eat at the bar of Alexandrine. Try its homemade lasagna ... after a small digestive walk is necessary, as to go around the lake and see the icehouse. Then you can go to the highest point: the Pic de Nore (1210m).
From Siran you’ll get less than one hour through varied landscapes made of small vineyards embedded in stone walls, scented garrigue thyme, fennel and finally forests of oaks and chestnut trees to reach this wild place preserved.

It’s a paradise for hikers. The shaded paths along the clear water creeks. The well-marked and well-maintained paths allow to discover dry stone walls, shepherds' shelters, dolmens, standing stones, small villages, shrines, fountains and wash houses. And fauna and flora are not left out: Golden Eagle, plovers, bee-eaters, coal tit, rowan, elder, false hyacinth, cistus ... deer, black woodpecker and many others.

Roquefère and waterfall Cubserviès

Go up to waterfall requires good physical condition but the show is guaranteed.

La Rigole: source of the Canal du Midi

The Rigole which flows from the Black Mountain is the source of the Canal du Midi. She will travel 29 km to reach the Saint-Ferreol basin. From there either on foot or by bike is a wonderful walk that awaits you in the coolness of the trees, mostly deciduous, with the background, the sound of water running. It's almost flat to the village of Cammazes, a few kilometers further to the west. If that scares you, and it's too hot, you can always stop at the Lampy Basin and immerse yourself in the waters of the Black Mountain, but you better be it in summer because the rest of the time, water is rather cool.

Arboretum of Lampy

Do not miss with children. 3.5 acres and sixty different species, some of which were the subject of botanical tests for banks of Canal: redwoods, Lawson cypress, red cedar, tulip trees, gingko biloba, maple negundo ... Course fitted around illustrated fables of La Fontaine, who was Master of Forestry and contemporary of Pierre Paul Riquet.

The massif of Clape

Clape was an island, the Romans cultivated the vine; In the Middle Ages the alluvium of the Aude showered part and linked the Clape continent. You can see the abyss of "mild eye", a collapsing sinkhole filled with a surface layer of fresh water and a bottom layer of sea water; It communicates with the sea by faults. Made up of high limestone cliffs overlooking an emerald green water. It is reached by a footpath from the car park on the road from Fleury in Saint-Pierre-la-Mer. In principle swimming is prohibited.

The beaches

Narbonne-Plage is a family resort. The 5 km sandy beach is lined by restaurants, shops and bars. Gruissan slightly south. The old village consists of streets flowing around the ruins of an ancient castle, the tower Barbarossa and an old port is nice.

The beaches are varied; The best known is the Chalet's Beach. For connoisseurs, at the end of the pier from the beach cottages, an oyster farmer will offer oysters and mussels out of the water you can eat in the waterfront. Remember to take bread, butter and if you want a dessert.

Saint-Pierre-la-Mer belongs to the commune of Fleury, lives only in the summer. A sandy beach of 6.5 km along the village. Valras-Plage is located at the mouth of the Orb (15 km from Béziers, 30 km from Narbonne) Originally a fishing village in the city kept the traditional features while modernizing and becoming an attractive city throughout the year. The right bank, flirt, deploying its fine sand, sports facilities, entertainment, shops, while the left bank, wilder, tries to steal the gaze behind the highest dunes on the French Mediterranean, in the middle of a protected fauna and flora of the site Orpellières. This area of ​​150 hectares, acquired by the Conservatory in 1980, consists of a beach, a dune ridge 2.5 kilometers of a vast area of ​​almost salty. The contrasts between the dune and back dune areas are surprising. The dune is a soft, dry environment. The rear dune is below sea level, so moist and salty. The flora and fauna are very different in these two environments.

The Orb

A small river which rises in the Natural Park of Haut Languedoc and flows into the Mediterranean.

The Caroux

Massif which rises to 1091 m offers from St Martin of Arçon an exceptional panorama. Below you Caroux impressive skyline and the valley below. Mouflon and rapacious inhabit this natural space. The Héric gorges are magnificent.

Olargues

Classified site, this beautiful village is nestled on a rock. Small bridges cross the Jaur ... the most famous is the Devil's Bridge, which dates from the 13th century. Olargue was a stronghold of the 12th and the tower which dominates the houses is the trace. Wander the cobbled streets, take the stairs of the Commandery which leads you to the church of St. Lawrence from the 17th and then to the walls.

Roquebrun

A beautiful village which enjoys an exceptional climate. In the village you will see many orange, mandarin, kumquat, prickly pears ... Visit the Mediterranean garden containing aromatic and medicinal plants. In February the mimosas explode a bright yellow and perfume the air. Church of the 17th former medieval castle chapel.

The African Reserve in Sigean

Lions, zebras, ostriches, kudu, antelope, giraffes, bears of Tibet, white rhinos, crowned cranes, gibbons, chimpanzees, marmosets, baboons, warthogs, elephants .... and many more. This reserve exists since 1974 saw the birth of many species every year. You will see the baby monkeys, bears, lions ...

Canoeing and kayaking, rafting, canyoning, climbing and caving

Eau-Rizon offers kayaks and adaptive devices (suits, paddles and vests) to 6/10 years that will allow children to discover the activity Canoeing with confidence !!! The course Caving Daniel Cavaillès, departmental head of cavers emergency, will you practice for 2 hours of approaches steps (the minimum age is 10 years).

Climbing, Birdwatching, Noteworthy flora, hiking and cycling

At Siran and ½ hour or less:

By bicycle or on foot along the Canal du Midi

One cannot speak of Minervois without mentioning about the wonderful wines of the area.  There are many wineries where you can visit, where you can walk through the vines, sample  and discover the exceptional wines of Minervois, and learn first hand from the vignerons about their products.

Notre Dame du Cros heritage and climbing

The small church of Notre Dame of Cros is built in a valley. There is a link between the history of Notre Dame de Cros and the church of Rennes-le-Château. Notre Dame de Cros is located in a beautiful and picturesque rock site. According to legend, its location would be near a miraculous spring to the south and at the entrance of Cros gorges. It has the property to stop fevers. Founded in 900 AD, Romanesque, it was restored several times from the 18th to 19th century. ND du Cros is richly decorated. Freestone walls, Gothic vaults.

At the end of the nave: the decorations of the choir, its altars in marble Caunes and six monumental statues of the 17th siècle. Many hiking routes start from there.

Agenda

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