Tourism & Leisure

The village of Siran

The charming village of Siran has a strong history. Not far from Siran, discover the cities of Minervois and Carcassonne, the Canal du Midi, the Curiosity of Lauriol, the Chapel Ceinteilles, Narbonne, the abbeys of Fontfroide Lagrasse and Caunes-Minervois, the Lastours castle, etc. The possibilites are endless.

Less than one hour from Siran:

  • Centeilles Chapel with frescoes from 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: Is the road going up or down?
  • The dolmen fairies, the largest dolmen in southern France.
  • The path of millstones, the gold of Millstone
  • 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, an outstanding set of four castles anchored in the rock.
  • Caunes Minervois, its beautiful abbey and marble quarries.
  • Montolieu, the "village of books"
  • The Castle of Saissac
  • Amphoralis Museum of Gallo-Roman potters.
  • Lagrasse - among the most beautiful villages in France, and its Benedictine abbey.
  • The Château de Termes
  • Castle of Villerouge-Termenès and the history of the last Cathars
  • Castle of Arques
  • Revel, narrow streets of the Middle Age and its wood and marquetry museum.
  • Abbey Fontcaude from the12th century, near a sacred spring - a 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, and wild landscapes

For nature lovers :

Minervois flora and wildlife

The bulletin of the French Orchid Society is interested in the Languedoc Regional Natural Park of Haut Languedoc and the region of 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 : there are a thousand reasons to be discover this region. Not to mention the 40 species of orchids that can be observed.

The Natural Bridges Of the Cesse River

Millions of years ago, a glacial erosion detached the rest of the Causse from an impressive promontory on which is perched the citadel of Minervois, at 227 meters high. Surrounded by high cliffs of almost 40 meters, the monument stands under the ancient course of the Cesse river. Upstream of the village, the river has carved two huge natural tunnels in the canyon - the Grand-Pont (250m long), and the Petit Pont (110m). 

Ferrals Des Montagnes

A village from the sources of the Cesse, and surrounded by beech and chestnut trees. The site where the Cesse springs is very romantic - enjoy a picnic surrounded by wild garlic, and the gentle lapping of water, after you return from the local producers' market, which takes places every Sunday morning. Discover a breathtaking landscape from the rock of Suzadou. 

Villeneuve Minervois

At just fifteen minutes from Siran, on the way to the Black Mountain, take a break in Villeneuve MIinervois and visit the house of Languedoc Truffles, and learn about truffles. Truffle markets take place in December, January, and early February, with demonstrations of recipes, tastings, amongst sales. You can also visit a windmill, that was restored in 2002. 

Le Gouffre de Cabrespine

Overlooking the course of Clamoux, this chasm could shelter, it is said, the Cathedral Notre Dame de Paris. In addition to crystals of aragonite and calcite of extraordinary proportions, the red rooms, named after the bright ocher shades, reveal "disks", enormous crystallization plates, sometimes weighing a ton, suspended from the vault . From "the balcony of the devil", one can admire the largest underground hall, its depth being at 200 meters. Within this landscape of green mountains, contrasting with the scrubland and the vine, Cabrespine is one of the largest underground entities open to tourism.

For those who want to go further: The Giant Pit of Cabrespine has a huge network of more than 25km and has become a classic place to go in the world of caving. This prestigious site is no longer reserved only for initiates, it is available to a larger public through the Underground Safaris. Underground Safaris are, above all, circuits of discovery of the underground environment, which do not require any particular technical or sporting skill. Accessible all year long and free from any weather constraints.

La Grotte de Limousis

The Cave of Limousis is well 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 measure 4 meters high, and 10 meters wide.

Swimming, hiking, and cycling 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 bathing in summer possible. Hiking trails allow walkers and cyclists to pass pleasant and unforgettable moments.

Cycling paths and walks along the Canal du Midi

You can follow the canal along its entire length from Toulouse to Marseillan. For those who are interested, the book "The Canal du Midi by bike" (Edisud editions) is a useful guide.

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 old legends, 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. The Notre Dame du Cros is richly decorated with freestone walls, and gothic vaults. Numerous hiking routes start from there.

Saint Jean de Minervois

At 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 is worth a visit all year round.

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.

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. The children will love learning about them, and will be able to give them food. Your visit will take place at the heart of the Black Mountain, Jean-Louis will also be happy to tell you about the Black Mountain hiking trails. 

Swimming and hiking at Pradelle-Cabardes and the Pic de Nore

You can swim and bathe in the small lake of Pradelles. Try the bar of Alexandrine's homemade lasagne, and take a tour around the lake, before heading up to the highest point: the Pic de Nore (1210m).
From Siran, you will go 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 beautiful, preserved place. 

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

Roquefère and the waterfall of Cubserviès

Going up the waterfall requires a good physical condition but the magnificant view is worth it !

La Rigole: source of the Canal du Midi

The Rigole flows from the Black Mountain, and is the source of the Canal du Midi. It travels 29 km to reach the Saint-Ferreol basin. From there, there is a walk you can take, either on foot, or by bike. Discover the coolness of the trees, mostly deciduous, with the background, and the sound of water running. It's almost flat to the village of Cammazes, a few kilometers further to the west. If you would like to take a break, stop at the Lampy Basin and immerse yourself in the waters of the Black Mountain. 

Arboretum of Lampy

This is a place that the children shouldn't miss !Measuring 3,5 acres, there are 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. The path is adjusted to the illustrated fables of La Fontaine, who was Master of Forestry and contemporary of Pierre Paul Riquet.

The massif of Clape

Clape was an island, with the Romans cultivating the vine. In the middle ages, the alluvium of the Aude filled part of it, and connected La Clape with the continent. One can see the chasm of the soft eye, which is filled with a superficial layer of fresh water and a bottom layer of sea water. There are high limestone cliffs which are accessible by a pedestrian path from the parking, which is located on the road from Fleury to Saint-Pierre-la-Mer. In principle, bathing is prohibited.

The beaches

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

The beaches are varied; The best known is Chalet's Beach. For connoisseurs, at the end of the pier from the beach cottages, an oyster farmer will offer you oysters and mussels, that you can eat in the waterfront. 

Saint-Pierre-la-Mer belongs to the commune of Fleury. Discover the 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, the city kept its traditional features while modernizing and becoming an attractive city throughout the year. The right bank has sports facilities, entertainment, shops. The left bank, with an area of ​​150 hectares, was acquired by the Conservatory in 1980,  and consists of a beach, and a dune ridge of 2.5 kilometers. The contrasts between the dune and back dune areas are surprising. The dune is a soft, dry environment, whereas the rear dune is below sea level, and moist and salty. The flora and fauna are very different in these two environments.

The Orb

A small river which flows from the Natural Park of Haut Languedoc into the Mediterranean.

The Caroux

The mountains rise to 1091 meters, offering an exceptional panorama from St. Martin of Arçon. Enjoy the impressive skyline and valley below.

Olargues

Labelled as a 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 to the 13th century. Olargue was a stronghold of the 12th century, the tower which dominates the houses is just a trace of this. Wander the cobbled streets, and take the stairs of the Commandery, which leads you to the church of St. Lawrence from the 17th century.

Roquebrun

A beautiful village which enjoys an exceptional climate. In the village, you will see many oranges, mandarins, kumquats, and pears. Visit the Mediterranean garden of aromatic and medicinal plants. In February, bright yellow mimosas perfume the air. You can also visit the church of the 17th century, which is a 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 animals. This reserve exists since 1974, and witnessed the birth of many species every year.

Canoeing and kayaking, rafting, canyoning, climbing and caving

Eau-Rizon offers kayaks and adaptive devices (suits, paddles and vests) that will allow children to discover canoeing safely.  There is also a caving course, held by Daniel Cavaillès. (The minimum age is 10 years old). 

Climbing, birdwatching, noteworthy flora, hiking and cycling

In Siran and ½ hour or less:

By bicycle or on foot along the Canal du Midi

One cannot speak of Minervois without mentioning the wonderful wines of the area. There are numerous wineries to visit, where you can walk through the vinyards, sample and discover the exceptional wines of Minervois, and learn first hand about the products.