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Belvèze du Razes - in the foothills of the Pyrénées

The snow-capped Pyrénées Mountains make a dramatic and beautiful backdrop to the little village of Belvèze du Razes. Also surrounded by the vineyards so characteristic of the region, the village is close to the stunning mediaeval city of Carcassonne and many other major attractions. Carcassonne's airport, served by Ryanair, makes it really easy to reach from the UK too.

Life in the village

Belvèze du Razes offers a good selection of local shops and services. In the village there's a boulangerie (so you can get those delicious baguettes and pastries freshly baked every day) and other small shops, a bank, pharmacy, a bar and a restaurant. Belvèze du Razes hosts a lively fête in summer too, a typically French celebration.

More choice of shops and events can be found close by

Meanwhile, a huge range of shops and supermarkets can be found half an hour away in Carcassonne, while Limoux, Mirepoix and Castelnaudary are also close by offering a great choice of shops, restaurants and sights. And just up the road, in Alaigne, is a Welsh owned bar that welcomes many ex-pats and locals alike to musical evenings, art exhibitions and other events.

Heritage to explore

The village has some heritage too. There's a restored chateau, a 14th century church, and a 14th century statue. Nearby there are numerous heritage sites, with Cathar castles telling the stories of the troubled history of the region.

A plethora of outdoor activities on offer

This is an area where outdoor sports are always on offer. From skiing in the mountains to sunbathing on the beaches, there's something for everyone. Take a gentle walk through the vineyards around the village, try kayaking down the river at Limoux, or head up to the gorgeous Plateau du Sault for some real adventure. Here you can enjoy the thrills and spills of white water rafting, or test yourself against nature by canyoning.

Visit mediaeval Carcassonne

There is a local saying that when you are in Cathar country, you will never be bored. And indeed, from a base in Belvèze du Razes, there are so many things to see and do that boredom will never be apart of your stay. Probably the nearest major attraction is the fabulous mediaeval city of Carcassonne. Rising above the main city, the old cité, completely enclosed by its imposing walls and moats, looks like something straight from a fairy tale. If Shrek or the Sleeping Beauty suddenly appeared, you wouldn't be surprised! Inside, the cité has craft shops, gift shops, bars, hotels and restaurants. It also hosts a number of cultural events, concerts, festivals and exhibitions. And if you're around in mid July, don't miss the spectacular Bastille Day fireworks.

Discover the Canal du Midi and the bastide town of Mirepoix

Other towns in the vicinity include the ever popular Limoux, and the market town of Castelnaudary on the Canal du Midi. The pretty bastide town of Mirepoix is another gem to visit, with its market halls, narrow cobbled streets and mediaeval atmosphere.

History buffs will be in their element

The region is known for its history, and is packed with heritage to discover. Take a trip to Rennes les Château, mentioned in the Da Vinci Code, or bathe in the natural hot springs of Rennes les Bains. Alternatively, you can be on the lovely beaches of the Mediterranean in less than an hour.

How to get there

Carcassonne, with its airport and railway station is less than half an hour away, so getting to Belvèze du Razes is really easy. If you want more choice of airlines or flights, Toulouse is also within reach, as is Béziers. Drivers will find the village on the D18, near to the A61 motorway.

Property prices and availability in and around Belvèze du Razes

In and around Belvèze du Razes, there are all types of properties on the market, at a wide range of prices. From building plots to modern lotissement homes, village houses through to grand old country residences, there's something to suit all tastes and pockets here.

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Belvèze du Razes AT A GLANCE

WHERE IS Belvèze du Razes?

Belvèze du Razes lies in the central south of France. It's located in the west of the Aude department.

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IN THE REGION OF LANGUEDOC-ROUSSILLON

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IN THE DEPARTMENT OF AUDE

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Population: 827


Access: By air: Fly to Carcassonne, Béziers or Toulouse with direct flights from the UK. By rail: The large railway station at Carcassonne is less than half an hour's drive. By road: The village lies on the D18.


Economy: The economy includes small commerce and agriculture (mainly vineyards).


Interesting fact: The village lies in the Razes region, an historical region that's home to many castles, legends and vineyards.

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